Which? reveals buying a holiday on Booking.com ISN'T saving you money – and where you should book instead

BRITS wanting to save on their next holiday should hunt around when trying to find the best deals for flights and hotels if they want to save money.

A recent study by Which? found that using platform Booking.com rarely was cheaper, compared to other options.

When looking for hotel deals, other providers such as Expedia were cheaper nine times out of 12 comparisons.

Some holidays were as much as £154 cheaper with Expedia, with a week in France being more expensive on Booking.com

And for flights, Skyscanner came out as the cheaper than Booking.com on all 12 occasions.

Which? checked four routes across three different times of the year for the study.

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They reported: "Booking.com didn’t find the cheapest fare on any single occasion, and for ten of the 12 flights it was cheaper to book direct with the airline."

For example, flights from London to Malaga cost £183 with Booking.com, but were just £129 directly on the airline website.

And flights to New York cost just £506 with Skyscanner but £583 with Booking.com

Even Ryanair flights were cheaper with Skyscanner than with Booking.com or the airline, costing £39 to France instead of £44.

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A Booking.com spokesperson said: "There are no hidden charges or fees for any travellers who choose to arrange their flights with Booking.com.

"The price the customer sees when searching for flights, is the final price they’ll pay’."

Which? also advised Brits to book directly with an airline or hotel, rather than an online travel agent, to ensure you get all of your money back in case of cancellations.

They said: "Booking flights with an OTA can complicate and delay the refund process.

"Additionally, OTAs can charge for overpriced extras such as hold baggage, seat selection and web check in and most have their own cancellation fees – on top of the airline’s."

A previous study by Which? found savings up to 12 per cent by avoiding well-known booking websites.

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When getting in touch with hotels directly to book a room, some even offered free upgrades or breakfast as an inventive, as well as discounts on spa treatments.

Here is how to find secret hotel deals which aren't advertised online.

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