MONEY expert Martin Lewis issued a stark warning to holidaymakers before Brits head abroad this half term.

Sunseekers and jet setters could be losing hundreds of pounds on this simple mistake.

As thousands of families head abroad for a much needed getaway this school break, Martin said drivers should be especially wary of airport car parks.

Pricey parking at airports could cost you a small fortune if you don't think ahead, so Martin's advice was to book in advance.

Speaking this morning on the Martin Lewis Money Show Live, the financial guru explained how you could save hundreds of pounds by booking a parking space before you travel.

He used the example of Manchester Airport where parking on the day could set holidaymakers back an eye-watering £400 a week.

However, motorists who book in advance only have to splash out £130 for the same length holiday.

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

"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.

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"Better still, if you had booked earlier, there are comparison sites for that too."

Martin also recommended comparison sites for checking hotel prices, especially if they have free cancellations.

He said some sites could offer a cheaper price meaning you could cancel and rebook your room.

Today the half term chaos began as schools break up for the week.

Thousands of holidaymakers were stranded by easyJet flight cancellations and three-hour queues at ports.

Previously the nation's favourite money-man warned Brits about travel insurance.

He urged families to book travel insurance as soon as they book the holiday – not just before you go away.

The expert similarly encouraged Brits to be aware that their European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) have expired during Covid.

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