Martin Lewis says you can easily avoid overpaying for airport parking

Finance expert Martin Lewis, who runs Money Saving Expert, shared some clever travel advice that could save passengers hundreds when heading on holidays.

The money pro looked at the cost of airport car parks on his Martin Lewis Money Show live.

The financial guru explained how you could save hundreds of pounds by booking a parking space ahead of departure.

Martin highlighted Manchester Airport as an example of a travel hub where passengers are paying over the odds.

He said that holidaymakers back an eye-watering £400 a week, reports the Mirror.

Motorists who book in advance only have to splash out £130 for the same length holiday, meaning a saving of £270 for the week.

"Parking at the airport, book ahead. Even if it's on the day," Martin said.

"Given an example, we found one case where, if you turn up at Manchester Airport and paid there it's £400 for the week.

"If you had pre-booked that morning, it was £130. Better still, if you had booked earlier, there are comparison sites for that too."

He went on to advise travellers to go on comparison sites to check hotel prices and to make the most of free cancellations.

During the show, Martin explained to viewers that the best way to save money abroad is by using a credit or debit card.

But he stressed that you need to choose the right card in order to avoid "paying to pay" while on holiday.

He showcased three types of cards that are the best for those travelling abroad:

  • Chase debit card
  • Halifax Clarity credit card
  • Barclaycard Rewards credit card

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All three cards don’t have exchange rate fees, and there’s no interest on spending as long as you pay in full.

Martin said that out of the three cards, the Chase debit card takes the top place as the best to use abroad, offering 1% cash back on purchases made.

Martin explained that using cash is still a good way to spend money abroad, but warned that Bureau de Change cash rates are often beaten by debit and credit cards.

If you do opt to use cash, Martin advised never to exchange cash at the airport and to always use a travel money comparison site to search for the best rate.

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