We all have to travel, whether its getting to work, getting to the shops or going on holiday.
Whether you chose to travel by car, bus, train or plane, the costs continue to rise well above the rate of inflation.
It now costs about £300 to travel by standard class between Newcastle and London during peak times, and you might have to spend most of the time standing next to a toilet that looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in a month!
There are a huge numbers of travel cashback deals on the Topcashback website and I can’t possibly list them here – there are 24 pages of deals ranging from hotel rooms to travel insurance.
Here are a few of my favourite ways to get Cashback on Travel Expenses
(1) Train Cashback
You can earn cashback when you book train tickets online at theTrainline.com provided you visit the site via Topcashback. They are currently paying 1.57%, which does’t sound like much, but on a ticket costing £300, that’s still almost a £5 discount – you could use it to buy one of those disgusting looking sandwiches that they sell on trains!?
There are many other train & coach operators that offer cashback deals online, including:
- SNCB – 5.88%
- Gatwick Express – 4.72%
- First TransPennine Express – 4.72%
- South West Trains – 3.15%
- National Express – 5.25% (coaches)
Another great way to save money on train fares is to split long journeys into multiple tickets. For example, if you are travelling from Newcastle to Dover it might work out much cheaper to buy 2 or 3 separate tickets rather than a single ticket for the entire journey. I’m not sure why this is the case, but it is and I have saved £20-£30 on occasion by doing this.
(2) Ferry Cashback
Those of you who like to sail over to the continent to stock up on booze can also take advantage of some attractive ferry cashback deals, including:
- P & O Ferries – 8.4% (Dover to Calais)
- DFDS – up to 8.4%
- Stena Line UK – 5.25%
(3) Hotel Cashback
You can also earn cashback when you book hotel rooms online directly with the hotel company or by using price comparison websites (again, provided you click through to those websites via Topcashback). I have done this myself many times before and it certainly eases the pain of over-priced hotel rooms.
Current hotel cashback deals include:
- Hotels4U – 8.4%
- HotelPronto – 10.5%
- Expedia 8.4%
- Lastminute – 6.3%
- ebookers – 10.5%
For those of you that prefer to book an entire travel and accommodation package online, there are also deals with major Tour Operators. However, you might be better off haggling on the high street for discounts (provided you are able to tell the sales assistant what the online deals are and challenge him/her to beat them)
(4) Flight Cashback
Current flight cashback deals include:
- FlyThomasCook – up to £12.60
- AirFrance – up to 2.1%
- Quantas – 2.1%
- British Airways – £7.87
(5) Car Hire
Hiring a car on holiday can often be very expensive. You should always book online in advance of travelling rather than hoping to find something when you get there. Apart from the queueing and possible disappointment involved in hiring at the airport, you will be charged a premium.
If you book online via TopCashback, you can make the following savings:
- ebookers – 10.5%
- Avis – 9.45%
- Budget – 11.55%
- Sixt – 8.4%
(6) Travel Insurance
Before buying travel insurance first check that you are not already covered via one of your bank account etc – paying twice is never a good idea!
For those of you that need to purchase travel insurance I would never buy it from one of the major Tour Operators since they are not the cheapest option. The current deals on Travel Insurance at Topcashback include:
- ebookers – 10.5%
- Aviva – up to £15.75 per policy
- AA - up to 26.25%
Whilst you might not be able to get Mr Gove (UK Education Secretary) to stagger school holidays so that we parents can avoid the nasty holiday price hikes during these periods, you can certainly use cashback websites to recoup some of your losses.
Click here to see how to register an account with TopCashback.
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