Are you looking to save money on your next vacation? Fortunately, there are a number of surprising – and easy – ways you can save! Here are four travel savings tips you’ll wish you knew sooner.
- It’s not hard to get plane tickets for free. Don’t spend money on airfare when you don’t need to do so. It’s all about frequent flyer miles and points, and they’re easier to collect and use than you think. Check out a site like RewardExpert, which creates a customized savings plan for you based on your desired destination to help you earn free plane tickets quickly.
- When you plan your trip can make all the difference. You’ll find bigger discounts when you book your vacation during the shoulder or off-season. Depending on your vacation time or if you have children who are in school, this may not be possible. In that case, consider booking your trip for mid-week, rather than weekends. Since more people travel on the weekends, prices tend to be steeper.
- Don’t settle for your rental car price. You’ll probably want to book your rental car early so that you have one secured for the trip, but you may not be too happy with the price you’re paying. Fortunately, you can usually cancel and rebook at the last minute without paying a penalty. If you don’t have the time to watch for rates to drop, check out AutoSlash. This free service checks across multiple rental companies for discounts and automatically rebooks for you, which can save you both time and money.
- You can find discounted hotels on short notice. You may think that once your reservation is booked you’re locked into staying at a certain hotel, but you’re not. Most hotels allow you to cancel up to 48 hours before your trip, which means that you can cancel and rebook to get a lower rate. If you don’t have the time or the energy to check for rates, consider DreamCheaper. This site checks for room rate drops and secures price drop refunds for you.
These are just four easy ways you can save money on your next trip. A little preparation ahead of time can help you save loads of money in the long run!
This guest post was written by Erin Gifford, a mother of four who looks up and down for ways to save money on travel for her big family. She has a family travel blog, Kidventurous, which was recently selected as a top family travel resource by Parents magazine.