Thomas Cook is offering holidaymakers your choice of a sun lounger before you even jet off. However, you’ll need to pay £22 for the privilege. Should you save your cash instead?
So, you opted for a foreign holiday, to take in some sun and forget the stresses of work.
Your plan for the week includes doing as little as possible while spending time with your nearest and dearest.
But it comes at a price.
You forked out an arm and a leg to go on holiday; that’s just for the flights and accommodation.
Then you’ve got to add on the cost of getting to the airport (petrol, parking or taxi), spending money, food, insurance, any new clothes, transfers the other end, additional mobile phone costs,
Even if you’re being thrifty, the cost of a holiday abroad will easily reach into the thousands!
With all the extras needed to make a holiday possible, one extra thing which you can now add to your holiday bill is £22 each to get a sun lounger of your choice.
Thomas Cook has launched the idea to 30 hotels this summer and will allow travellers the choice of which sun lounger they want to rent while on their holliboos.
For a family of four, this will be an extra £88 of holiday extras to pay.
They are the first holiday company offering this as a “service” which should stop some of those sun lounger dashes first thing in the morning.
Do you have to pay for a sun lounger?
Thomas Cook is only offering this as an optional upgrade.
You can look at a map to choose your spot to get the right balance of sun and shade, but it’s not mandatory at all.
You can easily save your money and not worry about what sun lounger you get.
Should you just get up earlier?
In a bid to save money, then you’ve just got to do it yourself.
If you want to get a decent sun lounger, then you’ve got to get up earlier.
But, when you’re on holiday, trying to get some R&R, do you really want to be getting back into a “rat race” to find the best sun/share spots by the pool?
To save money then this is the way to do it.
Don’t want to pay?
So you can avoid getting up too early, you could pay one of your kids to do the leg work for you.
Pay them less than Thomas Cook has asked, which they could use for ice cream when away, or save to spend when they’re back home.
The potential draw back – while kids love to get up as early as possible during the weekend lay-ins, when on holiday they just want to kick back too.
Even the small bribe of pocket money may not be enough to tempt them to help out.
Your other alternatives are to research resorts that are quieter so there are less sun lounger dashes first thing in the morning, go on a city break or different type of holiday where a sun lounger is not even an option.
So, while this is “news”, as such, it’s one way for a holiday company to add a few more quid to their profits, while consumers are having to spend out more money.
If you’re really got the spare cash then, I suppose, why not spend it if it will make your holiday more chilled.
However, with a tight budget, I can think of far better things to spend £88 on.
What do you think? Would you spend more for a sun lounger or take the risk and not get one? Join the discussion in Bargain Family Breaks.
Naomi knows the burden of living on very little and became debt free by learning from past mistakes and following her own money saving tips and tricks.