Just because you work hard and travel well does not mean you have to break the bank. I have always been on the lookout for a great deal! When I plan a trip I have tons of windows open on my computer to compare letting a flight deal determine my destination, packaged deals or booking separate flight (with miles redemption or specials) with hotel. I work from an excel worksheet and make the decision after number crunching and reading reviews. Before I book I always check for promotion codes. Here are a few tips to help you travel for cheap.
-Sometimes if you wait to purchase you will receive an email with additional discounts for package deals.
-Sign up for the loyalty programs of major airlines that depart from your nearby airport to receive email specials.
-Best Days to book flights are Tuesday and Wednesday.
-Don’t be afraid to fly out of other airports for a great deal. You can use miles or find a cheap flight deal to a connecting city and save a ton of money. Most deals are out of IAD/ JFK/SEA in the states.
-Make the most out of your trip by adding stopovers. See my previous post on how to obtain free or discounted stopovers.
-Use social media to check for giveaways and specials. See previous post on the best travel accounts to follow.
-Booking through a third party may have stipulations on upgrades, changes and cancellations.
-Discounts are based on availability and not available at every hotel property.
-If you work for a corporation start with looking into the leisure rates you receive. Check the benefits section of your company’s intranet. These discounts tend to be more advantageous than some listed above.
-Check the benefits of some of the memberships you hold. For example if you have a BJ’s Wholesale Membership they provide discount codes.
-Check with airlines for discounts on hotels and rentals cars. I receive numerous specials from Delta as a Skymiles member for discounts on rental cars. This also allows me to receive Delta miles by booking through the provided link.
Read Part 2:
How To Travel on Little To No Income!
Finding great travel deals allows you to get more bang for your buck and save money for the next trip! Do you have any great websites or promo codes that you use? Comment below!