We don’t know about you, but we feel like this winter’s dragged on even more than usual. But don’t worry – we’re about to inject some much-needed sun into your life. Our summer 2019 holidays are now on sale. Think it’s too early to book? Read on for our early bird hols hacks and we’ll change your mind…
1. Stay at our shiny new hotels
For summer 2019, we’re launching some box-fresh hotels. Want to be one of the first to stay there? You won’t be the only one. So we recommend that you get booking to lock down your ‘I was there first’ bragging rights. Our newest Holiday Village is opening its doors in Lanzarote’s Playa Blanca, and it’s coming kitted-out with all your active escape needs. We’re talking kids’ clubs, top-class entertainment, and aerial adventure courses – all included in the price of your holiday, of course. Plus, you’ll have plenty of pools to splash around in, as well as a lip-smacking selection of restaurants. We’re adding two new SplashWorld hotels to our ranks, too. You’ll find one in Egypt’s Marsa Alam, and the other in the Dominican Republic, but both will serve up a water baby-worthy selection of slides and pools in every shape and size you can imagine. What are you waiting for?
2. More time to get excited
There’s nothing better than feeling that pre-holiday buzz build up. And the sooner you book, the more time you’ll have to get excited. Download the MyFirstChoice app, and keep track of exactly how long you’ve got to go with the holiday countdown feature – you can make all your friends and followers jealous by sharing it on Facebook and Twitter. What’s more, the app’s packed with holiday info and inspo – booked an escape to foodie-favourite Italy? Check out the very best places to eat. Getting a head start on planning your holiday is sure to ramp up your excitement even more.
3. Snap up a free kids place
Want to take one of the little ones away for free? Get booking early and you’ve got the best chance of snapping up one of our free kids’ places. These spots are limited, so you’ve got to get them while they’re hot to guarantee yours. They’re definitely worth nabbing, too. Your free kids’ place includes a flight ticket for your little one, and a hotel stay complete with all the classically First Choice All Inclusive trimmings. We’ve got places available in loads of destinations, including up-and-coming family holiday hotspot, Croatia. Use our Free Kids’ Place Finder to scout out yours.
4. Make the most of our low deposits
We love a deal as much as you do. And booking early makes sure that you’re getting the best bargain you possibly can. For one thing, you can take advantage of our super-low deposits. Starting at just £50, you can bag your booking, and spread the cost of the rest of your hols. Why not book an escape to Egypt? This beach-edged, diving heavyweight’s already a great-value destination, so why not bag an even better bargain by booking early? Choose between Hurghada and Marsa Alam – both of these beachy spots sit on Egypt’s easy-on-the-eye Red Sea coast.
5. Have your holiday, your way
It’s simple really. Book your summer 2019 holiday quickly, and you’ll have more choice. Everyone likes their trip to be tailored to their specs, and if you get in line first, you’ve got first dibs on everything – any destination you like, your dream room type, a flight time to suit you – the list goes on. Customising your getaway couldn’t be easier. Take Greece, for example. This sun-spangled country draws in over 13 million tourists each year, so whether you want to grab a getaway to Crete – Greece’s biggest island – or snag a spot on sleepy Samos, it’s worth getting in there sharpish. And, we fly from lots of airports across the UK and Ireland. So, if you book quickly you can snag a close-to-home flight, making your journey even easier. By the way, if you’re booking a hol from Ireland, we’ve got a special set of summer 2019 deals just for you.
6. Lock down your excursions
We happen to think that all of our excursions are excellent. Lots of holidaymakers do too, which is why it’s important for you to book your place ASAP. Tickets for these trips are limited, so the sooner you nab your spot, the better. For destinations like Turkey, we think it’s extra-essential. Turkey’s got tonnes to offer away from its famous coast. It’s a big place, so we line up lots of full-day excursions so you can see everything on offer. One of our faves is Aladdin’s Active Family, which whisks you off deep into the Anatolian countryside for a full-to-the-brim day of canyoning, diving and swimming. Get your excursion booked early and you can plan the rest of your holiday around it.