As a former travel agent, I often find myself hunting through travel apps for the best deals. After all, I need three holidays a year!

So which fares can you trust? Who can deliver your tailored dream holiday? And can you get cashback on your bookings?


There are so many flight comparison sites out there – Kayak, Skyscanner, TravelSupermarket and now even GoCompare – that it’s difficult to know which will offer you the best deals.

Skyscanner is a clear winner for me. Its app allows you to view comparative prices for your destination over the whole month while, if you are flexible on your location, entering the UK as your departure point will give you the cheapest areas to fly from. My favourite option is to select multiple cities for longer itineraries.

Fancy an upgrade? You can compare these too! I found some seats that were cheaper in premium economy than your average economy seats, including Miami over Easter.


I love a bargain – and you’d be surprised at how much money you can save with Trivago. Its search engine allows you to be extremely specific, offers TripAdvisor review ratings and compares hundreds of sites to get you the best deal.

I saved £129 on a one-week stay in a 4-star Lanzarote hotel before reclaiming another five per cent using Topcashback!

Parking and airport lounges

Holiday Extras is a fantastic app with a long history dating back to my Lunn Poly days. I’ve tried a few others over the years, but find its honest ratings, clear information and one-stop shop feel to provide the best experience.

Resort transfers

HolidayTaxis does exactly what it says on the tin. You can book for the majority of tourist resorts around the world and there are options for a coach or private transfer. Some resorts even offer a limousine service for that special occasion.

Holiday money

Travel FX has been my top choice recently. To get the best results, make sure you plan in advance and have the money delivered to work or home. You will get a much better rate and a higher buyback rate too.

And finally…

Make sure you download the holiday countdown app so you know how many sleeps it is until you can leave the winter blues behind!