Save on Your Next Vacation with These Money Saving Travel Tips!
Planning a trip this summer? If you are still debating what to do or where to go, the good news is that you have a lot of options and many involve finding a deal. What a better feeling that to be on vacation, relaxing with your family, and KNOWING that you saved money with your super-sluthing deal-hunting skills.
To help you find the best deals, here are some tips to save on your travel plans:
- Use online price comparisons to find the best deal. Use sites like Expedia, Priceline, or Kayak to compare prices to your destination. Best part is that in many cases you may even get a low price guarantee.
- Pay baggage fees online before you get to the airport. Many airlines have a surcharge for bags checked at the counter, so by giving them a heads up of your bags ahead of time, you may be able to have this fee waved. You can avoid as much as $10 a bag in surcharges!
- Sign up for airline mailing lists. Most offer specials throughout the year for free checked bags, reduced rates, upgrades and more. The best way to find out is to sign up (directly on their websites).
- If you fly often, make sure you sign up for the frequent flyer programs. You can turn those points in for free upgrades or lower prices.
- Train may be the way to go if you need more room. You’ll find more leg room and more luggage space. Plus, there are no electronic device restrictions, so you can play (or work) while you are traveling.
- Watch for deals online. Amtrak offers a “Deals” tab, where you can find last minute deals, rail passes, and other discounts.
- Be flexible in your travel plans. Many times you’ll find deals during the slower season, but if a trip isn’t full, many times you’ll find deals on last minute trips.
- Similar to airlines, cruise ships are constantly offering promotions through their email newsletters. Sign up online to find out what promotions or discounts are available.
- Travel during the off season when cruising is less expensive. May, September, January, and February are the least busy times for cruise ships and they will be offering specials to help fill their ships during these times.
- Know the fine print. Many cruises are all inclusive, meaning that meals, some drinks and a limited number of activities are included in the price. Always read the fine print to know exactly what is covered so you aren’t stuck with a bill you weren’t expecting at the end.
Traveling by car? You’ll want to check out the 5 Tips to Save at the Pump, which can help you on your next trip to a vacation destination or just to the store!