We are all looking for ways to save money when booking family holidays. Cashback sites can be one great way to save money when booking your family holiday. Here we explain how cashback sites work, what to look out for, our favourite sites and some top tricks too.
What are Cashback sites?
Cashback sites, such as Quidco, TopCashback, and KidStart, pay you a percentage of your online purchase price back in cash, if you click through their websites to where you are looking to buy something online.
For example, if I was looking to book a hotel, I would log on to the cashback site, then find the hotel brand or site I was going to book through. I would then click on the brand link. The cashback site will redirect me to the brand, and track the purchase. The cashback site then will pay me a percentage of the total transaction value back in cash, once the transaction is confirmed.
We have been using cashback sites for years and have saved hundreds of pounds on our own holidays.
What can I purchase through cashback sites?
All kinds of things can be purchased through cashback sites. To save money on booking your family holiday and other travel requirements, here are some of the main categories:
- Package holidays
- Travel insurance
- Attraction tickets
- Car hire
- Train tickets
- Airport parking
You can use cashback sites for almost every type of online purchase though, even outside of travel – tv & broadband packages, home insurance, furniture…. the list is endless!
Best UK Cashback sites
Quidco is super user-friendly and we’ve always had good experiences using the site. The ‘claims’ system is easy to use if your cashback doesn’t track and we like the visibility of the account system. Quidco also have a ‘Highest Cashback Guarantee’ if you find higher cashback amounts with other cashback sites.
TopCashback is a great site too and we’ve found it has some brands (like Dreamplace Hotels in the Canary Islands) that Quidco doesn’t. It’s very user friendly and often has great bonus events and prize draws.
One final cashback site, where the cashback is only paid to your children is KidStart. The main advantage we’ve found with this site is that it’s one of the few cashback sites where you can get cashback with Amazon.co.uk.
What else do I need to know?
There are a few things to understand about cashback sites, particularly in relation to saving money when booking your family holiday.
- You usually won’t receive the cashback until after you have travelled and it can take weeks or months to pay out
- Cashback is usually not valid if you use a promocode as well, although some cashback sites will list some you can use with cashback
- You usually won’t get cashback usually on elements of your purchases like taxes, postage costs etc so it may track at less than you expect
- Cashback might not always track – most sites have a way of ‘raising a claim’ if your cashback doesn’t track though – and should be seen as a ‘bonus’
- Some cashback sites may take a small amount of your cashback each year as a membership fee, but this can usually be stopped by downgrading to a basic account.
- The percentage cashback you will receive will vary by the brand you’re purchasing from and can vary from less than 1% to over 30%.