Travel insurance: Tourists can cut costs online

Tuesday, 09 January 2007

Tourists can cut costs by booking their holidays online, claims a new report.

Research by Holiday Which? revealed that holidaymakers should shop around in order to find the best deal rather than relying on traditional brochures. It could also mean a little extra money to help cover the cost of purchasing essential travel insurance.

The study discovered that a family consisting of two adults and a child could save £468 on a two-week holiday in Majorca by booking online with Thomas Cook rather than booking via the tour operator's brochure. Other travel agents, including Thomson, Airtours and First Choice, also offered more favourable terms when booking online because of the inclusive of extras "hidden" in the small print of holiday brochures.

Holiday Which? editor Lorna Cowan, explained: "Make sure you read the small print. Extra costs can make booking a package holiday an expensive option. We urge holidaymakers to check costs, compare prices and go online to the tour operators' websites."

Whether booking online or via a brochure holidaymakers are reminded to make sure they purchase adequate travel insurance cover before they leave home otherwise they could find themselves having to cover the cost of emergency medical treatment or lost luggage.

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