Got 99p to spare? You can book next year’s holiday.

Travel company HolidayGems is offering cash-strapped families the chance to book next year’s summer holiday for just a 99p deposit. Its managing director Jason Edwards says: “Christmas and New Year is a really expensive time for people, but increasingly you have to book early to get the lowest prices and deals such as free child places.”

“This puts consumers – and especially families – in a really tough position. Our fantastic 99p deposit will mean they can pick the accommodation they want and then budget accordingly once Christmas is over. We hope the deal gives everyone the opportunity to go into January with a great holiday to look forward to.”

Hmmm. I’m not really sure how I feel about this offer. Are families going to be going into January looking forward to their holiday or fretting about how they are going to pay for something they committed to when they were snowed in and longing for some sun?

On the other hand, the company is ATOL bonded and offers more than 65,000 hotels worldwide and the only extra condition to the offer is that you have to pay the balance 14 weeks before departure. So I’d say as long as you are sure you are not committing to something you won’t be able to afford once the time to pay the full bill comes, then go for it.

About catherinecooper

Journalist and author specialising in travel with children. I write for several national publications and am author of Travelling with Children: A Parent's Guide. You can see some of my articles at
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