Bargain Hunter: Book your airport transfer now and save 20%

The global airport-transfer company Hoppa is offering transfer prices from £7.99 while The Hotel Collection is offering last-minute British summer breaks from £31 per person per night

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Sorting out transport from an airport to your holiday destination in advance can save the headache of scrabbling around for a taxi when your plane arrives. And at the moment, through the global airport-transfer company Hoppa, you can get 20 per cent off the cost of having a private car, minibus or shared shuttle waiting for you when you arrive.

Transfer prices start from just £7.99 for a shared shuttle from Palma de Mallorca airport to Palma centre, but the company offers an airport-transfer service to meet more than 7,500 routes in more than 120 countries across the world.

To secure the 20 per cent discount, book at th e website hoppa.com using the code LATE20. The offer applies on all new bookings made before 14 August.

Barclays customers offered a TV bundle beauty parade

Football fans who are customers of Barclays can now compare and switch their TV and internet bundles, potentially saving money and receiving cashback, by logging into their internet banking.

The bank has linked with Simplifydigital.co.uk to offer a free comparison service to all online banking customers through Barclays SmartSpend. On top of that, there's an extra £20 cashback, or £25 if you are a Blue Rewards customer, when you switch.

Banks dangle perks, but students must stick to basics

The big banks have now all released details of their new student accounts, ahead of next Thursday's A-level results day. In terms of additional perks, Santander once again leads the pack with its offer of a free four- year 16-25 Railcard.

The next best incentive comes from RBS/NatWest with its free four-year National Express Young Persons Coachcard.

However, you shouldn't choose an account based on the gimmicks and giveaways. Instead, look closely at the charges, especially if you're likely to spend a lot of time in the red, to see which may be the most cost-effective for you.

"An interest-free overdraft is the most valuable perk offered, but bear in mind that you may not necessarily be offered the maximum overdraft for the maximum amount cited," warns David Black of DJB Research.

He advises new students to arrange overdrafts in advance, as unauthorised overdrafts, if permitted, can prove very expensive and you may be charged a fee if a transaction is not honoured.

He also advises students to think again about the credit cards offered. "You'll have to repay any borrowings, so just because credit is available, it doesn't mean you have to use it."

Last-minute hotel deals if you're going on staycation

Yet to arrange a holiday? There are some last-minute British summer breaks being offered by The Hotel Collection from £31 per person per night.

You can get that price for bed and breakfast at the Walton Hall Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, based on two people sharing, until 31 August. Meanwhile there's a similar deal at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate for £46 per person per night, and at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool for £56.

To book these or any other of the hotel deals go to thehotelcollection.co.uk/offer/summer14/, or call 0800 014 9316 and use the code SU02.

Every product that's in a sale – all in one place

A new website has been launched claiming to bring every sale product across the web into one location. Lovethesales.com collates sale items across fashion, beauty, electronics and homeware – from brands such as Asos, Topshop, Apple and L'Oréal. The site claims to process millions of items every day to source the best deals, and you can sign up for sales alerts for emails of the latest deals.

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