While many of you are still caught in the afterglow of your Spring Break vacation, it’s not too soon to be thinking about summer trips beginning with Memorial Day weekend. Our own Joel Frey recently sat down with one of our hometown news stations and offered these five easy money-saving travel tips to help you save some cold, hard cash on your vacation.

5. Book a your flight, hotel, car rental and activities together in a vacation package. As Joel mentions in the clip, these are not your grandmother’s pre-packaged vacations of yesteryear. No, these are dynamic: you pick the components that are priced right for you and that offer you the most value. Research conducted by Travelocity estimates that you can save up to $525 when booking together!

4. Book a Top Secret Hotel. This may not be an option if you’re the families Chief Travel Officer who has to have control of every detail months in advance because you don’t know the name of the hotel until you have booked. BUT for those of you a little more laid back about your hotel options and more concerned about budget, Top Secret Hotels can be a great way stay at a four star hotel while only paying three star prices.

3. Download Mobile Apps. Have you ever been on a trip and suddenly found yourself needing a hotel? Check your phone first! Many travel suppliers, including Travelocity, offer exclusive hotel deals – in some cases with savings as much as 30% – on their mobile apps. All you have to do is take a minute to download and the GPS takes it from there.

2. Farewatcher email alerts. This is an oldie, but goodie. Are you thinking about a trip to Hawaii this summer and have a price in mind you want to pay but aren’t having any luck finding it? With services like Farewatcher, you tell us how much you want to pay and if/when that price comes available, we’ll send you an email alerting you to the deal.

1. Don’t wait, don’t hesitate. At any point in your shopping, if you see a price that fits your budget, click “buy.” If you check back even just a few minutes later, that deal may be gone!

  • http://www.timetowander.com Henri Le Chapeau

    It always baffles me when I am advided to book a secret hotel. Where are these? Is there something I should know?

    • http://www.courtneyscott.tv Courtney Scott

      Hi Henri, Top Secret Hotels are actually a great value if you don’t mind not knowing the name of the hotel property before you book it. Just search on Travelocity.com/topsecret. You’ll see certain criteria about the hotel, like the general location and some amenities, but you won’t know the full description of hotel until after you book. Try it out and let me know what you think! Thanks – Courtney

  • http://www.globelink.co.uk helly

    I strongly agree on the 3rd point. Having booking.com mobile app on a phone helped us to find a good hotel and book a room when we had problems with the one we have booked beforehand.

  • Bob Hobson

    Great tips. I agree with not waiting if you find a fare that looks good, take it now or lose it. I would like to add one more general travel tip that saved my last trip to Rome from total disaster. I lost my passport during the day but had no idea it was missing. Fortunately, I had an Okoban tracer tag on it. A waiter where I ate lunch found it and entered my tracker number on their website and I was sent a text message (and an email) before I ever even knew my passport was missing. Lucky for me because I was leaving in the morning for Germany and getting a new passport would have been impossible. I found these tags at mystufflostandfound.com. It saved my trip and I now have tags on almost everything that goes with me on a trip.

  • http://www.icicibank.co.uk/ Paul B

    Wow never heard of Top Secret Hotels. Can you choose the star rating? I know this sounds really pretentious but I have stayed in a few hotels in my time as I travel a lot and I now only stay in 3 star + as I have had some really bad experiences in my time with lower rated hotels.

    Another great tip is to not always eat out. People feel they always have to eat out when abroad but just cooking yourself for 2 or 3 days yourself in a week can save quite a bit.