Holidaymakers Keen to Upgrade Their Break

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Holidaymakers are splashing out for upgrades to add more luxury to their break, new research shows.

American Express showed 83 percent of holidaymakers are willing to pay as much as 20 percent extra for upgrades to their holiday to add more comfort, suggesting budget travel is a thing of the past.

There are more than two million Britons planning to travel overseas during the next couple of weeks, their research shows.

In the last five years, just 39 percent of travellers paid to upgrade their travel experience, preferring to stay on a tight budget in comparison.

“While people continue to look for holidays that offer value for money, increasingly, travellers now aspire to a more comfortable and luxurious holidaying experience,” said Julie Hay, American Express, Vice President Cards.

“However, achieving this does not have to come with a hefty price tag, as there are ways to improve your holiday experience without breaking the bank, such as using a credit card that offers travel rewards.”

The majority, 63 percent, said they would be willing to pay up to 20 percent more on top of the cost of the holiday. A further one in five would pay in excess of this.

Women were found to be more likely to hunt out a bargain, but they are also more likely to upgrade while abroad.

Six percent of people believe bribing employees at the airport or hotel is the best way to secure an upgrade. While other tricks include being polite at check-in, dressing smartly and not wearing trainers, arriving early, and contacting the company in advance to mention you are travelling for a special occasion.

Prepaid Travel Cards

If you are planning a holiday this Easter, a prepaid travel card could be a good way to carry your money abroad.

The card can be used to make purchases either in restaurants, or shops, and cash can be withdrawn from ATM machines. The rate that you buy the currency will not change throughout the whole time the money is on the card.

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