How to find cheap last minute holidays

Its ok all these online holiday companies telling you about their great offers and cheap last minute holidays, but that’s not much good if you can’t find your way round their site when you get there. So here at Latedeals.co.uk, where we pride ourselves on offering discounts of up to 70% off the cost of our last minute holidays, all departing within 8 weeks, we’re going to show you how to get the best out of us and bag yourself a great late deal into the bargain!

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First and foremost you’ll find us here at Latedeals.co.uk, then follow these simple steps and we’ll have you packing your suitcase and slapping on the sun lotion in no time:

  • If you just want to get away and you’re not particularly bothered about where you go, just leave the ‘cheapest destination’ showing in the top box, if you have a preference, select it from the drop down menu
  • Next, select the date you would prefer to depart on, if you are flexible simply pick the first date you can travel on, you will be able to view other options on the next page
  • Choose the number of nights you would like to go for, again if you are flexible, just select your preferred option, you can also change this later
  • Select the area or the airport you would like to fly from, try not to be too restricting as choosing an area as opposed to just one airport will usually bring up more results
  • Enter the number of passengers who are travelling, if you have children a separate box will pop up requesting their ages, please enter the age they will be when you return from your holiday

Hit ‘VIEW LATE DEALS’

The results will begin to appear before your eyes and this is the point when you can really start to get excited about booking your late deal!

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So you’ve got your first set of results but you’d like to be more specific, here’s what to do next:

  • In the panel to the left of your page you can edit your original choice of airport, departure date, length of stay and number of passengers if you need to
  • You can also de-select some of the board options, simply click on the ‘tick’ beside the option you don’t want and it will remove these results when you hit the ‘update search results’ button
  • The same goes for star ratings, simply click on a ‘tick’ and it will remove this option when you ‘update search results’

The calendar across the top of the results will show you the starting prices for holidays departing on the surrounding weekdays and will highlight the cheapest starting price, simply click on a box to show the results for that day. Just above the calendar you can also select the ‘following’ or ‘previous’ day and also the ‘following’ or ‘previous’ week. To check out even more prices you can show the cheapest prices for the whole month by selecting ‘Show Full Month’.

Can’t decide which late deal to book? Then use our ‘shortlist’ facility to save your favourites. Just click into a deal you like the look of, scroll down a little to the orange ‘add to shortlist’ button and click it! The very right hand tab at the top of the page says ‘shortlist’, just click on this tab to bring up your saved deals. If you change your mind on one just click the ‘x’ next to the hotel name to remove it.

If you get stuck half way through, or need any help, just look for the live chat icon at the top of the page and one of our experienced online support team will be happy to help. And whilst our best prices are always available online you can also ring the number at the top of the page to speak to our extremely knowledgeable sales team if you need to. Happy holidays!

3 great reasons why you should book all inclusive holidays

Many of us love all inclusive holidays and once we’ve tried them, never go back to any other form of break. We like the ease of everything being covered before we fly. Meals, food and entertainment all come as standard on all inclusive holidays with the main benefit being that you don’t need to worry about spending money whilst you are there.

But some people just don’t get the idea of all inclusive holidays; they believe they’ll be stuck in a walled complex with organised activities and bland, repetitive food. Well that sounds like my idea of a holiday from hell too yet I love all inclusive holidays. So here at Latedeals.co.uk we asked some of our customers what all inclusive means to them and what puts them off booking all inclusive holidays.

You said:  All inclusive holidays are too restrictive and lack cultural experiences

Many of you feel that if you’ve have paid for an all inclusive holiday, you won’t want to leave the hotel and risk spending more money, and you’ll never see the ‘real’ side of the country you are visiting.

We say: A lot of all inclusive holidays include free buses to surrounding resorts and beaches and some will offer packed lunches for those wanting to spend a day out, and you can arrange outings around your meals if you don’t wish to spend money eating out. Most all inclusive holidays encourage holidaymakers to see the local community as part of new sustainability programmes so some offer free trips into local communities and to local markets.

You said: The food on all inclusive holidays is repetitive and bland

Most all inclusive hotels run a buffet system at meal times and many of you felt it would be like ‘queuing for school dinners’. You thought that the food would be repeated day after day and mainly consist of pizza, chips and burgers, all mass produced.

We say: Well we have to admit that some days you may go for your meal and find the same things on offer but that is because there is so much of it! For example, at breakfast the choice of cereals usually tops ten, there are often about the same amount of bread and pastries to choose from. Continental selections include various types of hams and cheeses whilst eggs are cooked in any which way that you want. Lunches and dinners will offer between ten and twenty choices of meal, so yes you may see something more than once during your stay but it is only repetitive if you choose the same thing every day. And if chips are on the menu – you don’t have to eat them. Buffet restaurants will always offer a large selection of foods from all over the world in particular their own cuisine so you’ll always get to try local recipes. A la carte restaurants also provide something a little more special and are often included in your all inclusive package.

You said: All inclusive holidays are ‘too organised’

You consider the entertainment and activities to be too structured and there will be a timetable that you might not want to stick to. You’re on holiday to relax, not be told what to do and when to do it. You also thought the reps would ‘hassle you into joining in’.

We say: Activities vary by the hour meaning there’s always something to join in with when you feel the need to do something energetic, and are ideal for families who may want to do different things at different times. Most all inclusive hotels also offer a variety of bars for evening entertainment so you can pick and choose what you prefer, you can avoid the karaoke and bingo nights if you wish, or, of course, make sure you’ve got a front row seat!  As for the reps, they are there to enhance your holiday experience and whilst they may come round and remind you of what’s happening, they will certainly not hassle you to join in – you’ll find that’s only on 18-30 holidays!

With all inclusive you’ll know exactly how much your holiday is going to cost before you go, no extras for food, drinks and transfers. You can relax knowing that someone else is doing the shopping, cooking, cleaning and washing up! You know there will be plenty to keep the kids amused and you’ll never hear the word ‘bored’ all week. Your teenagers can wander off with like-minded new friends and you know they are safe within the hotel grounds, and if you haven’t got kids, then why not check out some of our adult only all inclusive hotels or those with adult only pools and bars. Simply enter your details into our search panel and we’ll find the best all inclusive hotels available for your dates.

We Royally, Royally Love Benidorm!

It is a very special day for our very own Prince of Wales H.R.H Prince Charles who reaches the age of 65 today Thursday 14th November. (Happy birthday to you) Here at Latedeals.co.uk we would like to celebrate this occasion with you, by offering discounted winter holidays to wonderful Benidorm!

In a recent survey by Latedeals.co.uk, Benidorm came out top with the over 65’s as their favourite winter destination. We pride ourselves on being late deal specialists, so with 51% of over 65’s booking a holiday to Benidorm within 20 days of travel there is no better site for a discounted break to Benidorm. We value all our customers here at Latedeals.co.uk but must mention the amazing fellow “Beni” fanatics from the Chester, Newcastle-upon Tyne and Brighton postcode areas who booked  more holidays to Benidorm with Latedeals.co.uk than any other area. I am sure these Benidorm lovers could even persuade H.R.H Prince of Wales to visit Benidorm for a birthday bash! Go on Charlie treat Camilla!

Why you should consider Goa for a winter holiday

Here at Latedeals.co.uk we’re featuring Goa as our destination of the month and it’s a destination that we’re very excited about. If it’s not somewhere you’ve considered going yet then read on, and we’ll tell you exactly what we love about this Indian gem.

Holidays to Goa will take you to the west coast of India and stunning beaches that border the Arabian Sea. And when we say stunning we really do mean it. With 66 miles of flat white sands, bordered by dunes, coconut trees and paddy fields, it’s easy to see why Goa is a top winter holiday destination.

North Goa boasts colourful markets and neon lit clubs and is perfect for those looking for a lively holiday. Water sports are available along the beaches here and the market traders compete for your attention with vibrant colours and aromatic spices. Speaking of beaches, the hippie vibe has never quite left these shores and ‘full moon’ parties often go on long into the night.

South Goa turns things down a notch. Close your eyes, feel the sun on your face and soak up the sound of the swaying coconut trees and gentle rolling surf. Beach huts offer fragrant, spicy dishes and the bright white sands give way to lush, green paddy fields. Cavelossim is a favourite with our staff and fresh seafood on the beach comes highly recommended, as does a relaxing Indian head massage and early morning yoga session!

For 450 years Goa came under Portuguese rule and it was as recently as 1961 that it gained its independence. As a result of this there are many Portuguese influences still visible today especially in the cuisine which blends Portuguese tastes and Indian spices to perfection.

Goa is known for its beautiful temples and churches so there’s no shortage of history, equally matched by the natural beauty of its wildlife sanctuaries and gushing waterfalls. A visit to Old Goa, a UNESCO listed town in the north will captivate you with its Portuguese influences, especially in its ornate buildings. Head inland to the breath-taking Dudhsagar Falls where legend has it that the tumbling water is actually sweetened milk. Enjoy an overnight stay in the jungle before watching the spectacular sun rise and don’t forget, you can’t visit Goa without riding an elephant.

Accommodation on Goa holidays is definitely a personal choice, select from guest houses with bed and breakfast offerings or 5* all inclusive luxury. As usual here at Latedeals.co.uk we can offer up to 70% discount on last minute holidays to Goa, so what are you waiting for? Enter your details into our search panel and you could swap the falling autumn leaves for the sand between your toes.