Planning on getting away this Christmas? These are the travel sites you'll need to plan ahead.

Are you going away for Christmas? Whether it’s booking a hotel, train journey or flights, do so ahead of time to cut costs and ensure availability. There are zillions of websites to help you shop around for different prices. Try Trainline (check out the price of two singles, instead of a return) and CheapFlights or Skyscanner.

Heard of split ticketing? We hadn’t, but it’s a nifty trick to pay less for the same train journey. You buy two tickets for different parts of the same journey; this is often cheaper than buying one for the whole trip. Pre-book taxis as this is busy season for drivers. As of August this year, you can pre-book a ride 30 days in advance with Uber.

November 2016