Sometimes, the idea of travelling is more fun than the actual journey itself. This is mostly because travelling can be quite expensive. The cost of the flight, land transport, accomodation, visas, vaccinations etc can all add up and become quite a headache.
To make sure everything goes smoothly and your vacation doesn’t end up burning a hole in your pocket, here are some handy tips and tricks.
To increase your chances of getting a better, cheaper seat, travel during off-peak flight times. Opt for Saturday to Tuesday flights for a long weekend instead of the usual Friday departure. These routes are also likely to be less expensive so you can use your savings on, more important things, like shopping, eating and exploring.
Book Everything In One Go
Book your flight and hotel, flight and rental car, rental car and hotel, whatever the combination at the same time, to save money. It may not seem like much, but this can actually save you several hundreds of dollars.
Try For An Upgrade
If you’re looking for an upgrade but don’t have the points, find an airline that offers cheap upgrades. Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Virgin America offer reasonable, last-minute economy to business fares. Try to also be there early, be nice and ask politely and you might just find yourself being upgraded!
Bring On The Charm
Positively interacting with gate agents and flight attendants could land you a spot in the front of the plane or that corner room with a view. So be sure to put on your best smile.
Sign Up For Rewards Programs
Sign up for rewards programs for airlines, hotels and online travel agencies. All of them not only qualify you for upgrades, but you’ll be among the first to learn about special sales and deals reserved for rewards members like free breakfast, spa sessions and discounts.
Sign Up For The Right Credit Card
Some credit cards offer travel and dining rewards redeemable for experiences on vacation or cash back, just by swiping for your everyday purchases like groceries and clothes. So when signing up for a new card, check if the rewards they offer are in keeping with your interests.
Buy Traveler Insurance
From unpredictable weather to unforeseen medical emergencies, travel insurance can save you a lot of money and worry. Often overlooked, it not only ensures trip protection, but also enables you to adapt to unexpected changes or disasters without incurring crazy expenses down the road. Better yet, most travel insurance policies are inexpensive, but should an emergency arise, they can be a total lifesaver.
We hope these tips help you save money on your next vacation and reduce the stress of planning for your next big adventure.