Bonus schemes and promotions to take sting out of your holiday bills

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EVERYONE needs a holiday now and then, that goes without say. Getting away from the daily grind is important for recharging your batteries and getting your mindset back on track.

It’s also a chance to get away from the stress and lie on your back thinking about nothing or to distract yourself by running from museum to restaurant to bar.

But there is one stress that holidays can’t get rid of; in fact, the holiday is the only reason you experience it: the stress of the bills you have to pay to go on holiday in the first place.

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Having to pay your way to a relaxing break may not be the worst problem in the world, but that certainly does not change the fact that it is a problem nonetheless.

That said, it is a problem which has a much easier solution than you may think.

Keeping your eyes peeled for bonus promotions could help you to save a lot of money over the course of the year and therefore enable you to go on holiday without the fear that the trip will be marred by the big bill you have to pay at the end of it.

A reward credit card can be a great place to start.

There are a number of cards that give you rewards from air miles, to free flights, to straight up cash, and so much more.

A great option is to go with American Express, who offer some serious signup deals. Of course, eligibility can be an issue as the credit limit will vary depending on income, but the British Airways American Express Credit Card is open to most and there is no annual fee attached to it. Plus, as explained on americanexpress.com, if you spend £20,000 in a year, you get a free companion voucher to fly anywhere.

Obviously, it pays to be careful with spending on a credit card, and you should set up a direct debit to pay it off each month if you take this option.

An area where people spend a lot which you don’t want to cut back on is entertainment.

Even if you’re not on holiday, you still want to be entertained and there are so many cheap ways of doing it. First of all, two for one cinema tickets is a winner. If you get a single insurance policy through comparethemarket.com they’ll give you two for one cinema tickets and two for one meals for a year, making it a great option to reduce your outgoings and spend more on your holidays!

Also, if you’re gambling without bonuses, you’re doing it all wrong. There are so many bonuses on offer if you look hard enough but doing that could take a lot of time. That’s why Realmoney.ca has collated information about the best online casinos, including which ones have the best bonuses on offer and how they compare.

Similarly, the theatre can be a great place to unwind while you’re not holiday – but seriously expensive. London Theatre Direct offers last-minute tickets for very little making it possible to still go to the theatre without worrying about how you’ll pay for your next holiday.

Ultimately, going on holiday should be a pleasure, not a source of anxiety, and if you make the most of all the bonuses out there you can ensure that it will be.

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