• Hannah Stratton

    Our summer 2021 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. 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 First Choice app, and keep track of exactly how long you’ve got to go with the holiday countdown feature – you can even 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.

    Find out what the First Choice app has to offer

    2. 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 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.

    3. Spread the cost of your getaway

    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 £0 deposits when you book using our handy Direct Debit scheme, which allows you to bag your booking and then spread the cost of the rest of your holiday. Why not book an escape to Egypt? This beach-edged, diving heavyweight’s already a great-value destination, so why not score 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.

    Find out how our pay monthly Direct Debit scheme works

    4. Have your holiday, your way

    It’s simple really. Book your summer 2021 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.

    Pssst… these are the BEST Greek islands

    5. 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. Get your excursion booked early and you can plan the rest of your holiday around it.

    Take a look at our excursions


    Lock down your summer 2021 holiday

    Plus, get even more excited with a read of our best packing hacks.

    And, make sure you keep up to date on our latest travel tips on our First Choice Inspire homepage.