Have a budget holiday and still travel like Beyonce

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Beyonce may have a private jet, but you can have a fancy holiday for cheap.

We've all lusted over those holiday pictures celebrities have been posting on Instagram. You know, like Rihanna on a private jet or Beyonce sunning herself in Barbados with Jay Z.

Well now you can travel like a celebrity thanks to these tips by Amy Ellis, Money Expert from MoneySavingExpert.com.

Haggle down package costs

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© Instagram / Rita Ora

Nobody's too posh to haggle. If you're booking a package holiday keep in mind that tour operators make holidays while travel agents sell them, meaning many big tour operators' holidays are sold by multiple agents.

So, once you've found a specific deal, try calling up different agents to see if they can beat the price. You could save up to 10% more – extra spending money for duty free.

Grab the best plane seats

Rihanna Thailand

© Rihanna Instagram

You wouldn't catch Kate Middleton sat near the toilets on the plane. So once you've booked your flights, check the plane's seating plan to see whether 18E beats 19C using Seatguru.

Also, try similar site Skytrax, which includes airline reviews and rankings too. If it's a budget flight with unassigned seats, grab a coffee, turn up for your flight as early as possible, and lurk by the boarding entrance to boost your chances of grabbing a prime spot.

Uncover secret bargains on 5* hotels

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© Instagram / Lily Allen

Unless you're best friends with Kim Kardashian, staying in a luxury hotel might not always be possible. But, the secret hotel section at Lastminute.com has bargains on up to five-star hotels worldwide, because you only know the description and star rating before you pay.

Yet often you can play detective by cutting and pasting key phrases into Google to discover which hotel it is. You could end up in a hotel fit for a queen for a fraction of the price.

Posh villas can be £1,000 cheaper than posh hotels

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© Instagram / Kim Kardashian

If you're a queen that doesn't like to slum it with her subjects, book a posh villa instead. As a rule of thumb, the larger the group, the bigger the per-person saving, so they're great if there's a party of you going.

Direct booking sites let you quickly search for holiday rentals, try HomeAway.co.uk for a far flung trip, and Villarenters for easy payments. Be careful how you pay, you book directly with an owner, so there's less protection. Plus check it's not a fake villa.

Free flights, if you play your cards rights

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© Instagram / Beyonce

You could grab a credit card that offers freebies to new customers and gloat to your friends that you're travelling for free. There are loads available, including flights around Europe, Eurostar returns and more.

The gifts aren't actually doled out on application or acceptance; to trigger the freebie gift most providers require you to spend on the card. So spend as little as possible, and pay off the balance in full to ensure it's totally free.

Never wait until the airport for foreign cash

Little Mix get delayed in airport

© Instagram/Little Mix

When it comes to holiday money, you've got to be organised. It's not very royal to be one of those people at the airport queuing to exchange money and getting ripped off with the worst rates.

Use the TravelMoneyMax travel money comparison site to instantly uncover the best possible deal, including all fees and any commission. You won't even need to leave the palace to get your cash as the best rates are delivered to your door.

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