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Half Term Ski Savings To Beat The Pound Slump

Last week sterling crashed to its lowest level against the euro for more than a year, which might be seen as bad news for families looking forward to a European ski break this half term.

But it’s not all bad... Leading travel extras provider Essential Travel have put together a number of ways that families will still be able to save money…and travel in safety and style:

Wear A Helmet And Pocket A 15% Saving On Travel Insurance

With its new mandatory helmet winter sports policy, families can now enjoy a 15% discount on insurance premiums by wearing a helmet while participating in winter sports.

Get The Gear Without Grinding Your Teeth Over The Bill

We all know that all those essential accessories and ski gear can soon add up, so Essential Travel has partnered up with a number of winter sports companies to offer a range of fantastic discounts available to anyone buying winter sports insurance. Whether you are after a new helmet, helmet cover, a full ski wardrobe overhaul, or even a ski butler, discounts available exclusively to Essential Travel’s customers make it substantially cheaper. Partners include Ellis Brigham, Neilson Holidays, Facewest, Tailwags, Fosi and Rental Republic.

More Pamper For Your Pound With Meet And Greet Parking

Your ski holiday starts here. Why bother lugging skis and tired kids onto an airport bus in the wee hours of the morning when you can be met just outside your terminal by a chauffeur who will drive your car away to a designated safe parking compound while you walk straight into check in? And, on your arrival home, will meet you just outside with your car warmed up and ready to go. Book ahead, and Meet and Greet parking is often only marginally more than your standard airport parking.

  • Gatwick: Cophall Farm Meet and Greet on 16th February for seven nights is £54.75
  • Heathrow: Smart Meet and Greet at £80.60
  • Manchester: Easy Park Meet and Greet £31.99
  • Edinburgh: Park and Fly Ltd £59.00

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Save Money While You Snooze. Book An Airport Hotel

It makes sense to avoid travelling at night in unpredictable winter weather. Booking an airport hotel the night before means you are at the airport, safe and sound and refreshed for your flight. You can relax over dinner, enjoy a session at the gym, a swim or just chill in the jacuzzi. Again, book ahead and a hotel with airport parking may be almost as cheap as booking parking on its own.

Gatwick: One night's stay for a family with seven nights of parking from 16 February 2013 will cost £78 at the Europa Gatwick, where you can take a dip in the indoor pool or workout at the gym.

Heathrow: The same stay at the Park Inn Heathrow, with both indoor pool and jacuzzi will cost £85, and all rooms have their own fridge and flat screen.

Manchester: A stay at the Britannia Country House with gym, spa and sauna (and right next to an 18 hole golf course) is £62.

Edinburgh: Try a Secret Saver with a guaranteed three star hotel for £95.

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About Essential Travel

Established in 2001, Essential Travel is one of the UK's leading online travel essentials companies. Since 2002, we've protected over 5 million holidaymakers with our fully-comprehensive, competitively-priced travel insurance, as well as providing priority access to the most sought after car parks, hotels and lounges at all major airports across the UK.

Essential Travel is now part of Holiday Extras.