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!