Score Great Deals on Your Next Vacation

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
— Helen Keller

Who doesn’t love a good deal? Traveling can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank every time you want to go on vacation. Smart shopping habits can really pay off when it comes to booking your next vacation, you just need to know where to look. Keep the following travel tips in mind next time you’re planning a trip and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much money you’ll be able to keep in your bank account.


Check out combo deals.

Many travel sites, including airline websites, offer great deals when you combine your flight, hotel stay, and rental car into one purchase. These travel sites will often sweeten the deal by allowing you to book for little to no money down (depending on where you’re going). If you’re traveling last minute, combo deals are your best bet as you might end up paying less on your last-minute flight when wrapped in with a hotel room or rental car purchase.



Break out your travel card.

If you have a travel card, you might have access to exclusive deals only available to card holders. Make sure and check out your travel cards latest offerings before booking your vacation. Even if you don’t use your card to book your trip, you’ll want to put it in your wallet before you leave for your trip. Many travel cards offer point incentives when using your card while traveling and travel cards often come with great perks such as allowing you to waive rental car insurance without losing the coverage.


Travel in the off season.

Travel season for a destination typically means the best weather, crowds, and high prices. Choosing to book your travel during the off season could end up saving you hundreds of dollars and you won’t have to deal with the crowds that come with being a tourist during peak travel season.



Become a member.

Many travel sites such as Kayak and Expedia offer additional discounts to members. Typically, all it takes is filling out a simple form and maybe an email opt in and you’ll be on your way to additional savings in no time.


Collect coupons.

Coupons are everywhere, you just need to know where to look. Many rental car agencies will offer discount codes on their sites, especially when prepaying in full. Often, when you sign up for a new ride sharing app you’ll be gifted with a ride share coupon good towards your first few rides; check out these promos and take advantage of them whenever possible. It’s also worth checking out coupon sites such as Groupon which offer fantastic deals on hotels, rental cars, attractions, and combination travel packages.


Travel during the week.

If possible, book your vacation during weekdays. Weekends are undoubtedly the top travel days during the week, so you’ll end up paying more to play on the weekends. You are guaranteed to encounter more deals during the week, as restaurants typically hold their happy hours and other daily specials on weekdays only. You’ll also be able to book your flight and hotel at a fraction of the price when traveling during the week. Another great perk of traveling during the week is less crowds, especially around tourist hot spots. Do yourself a favor, beat the crowds while saving a few bucks and choose to travel during the week.

Simon Hailwood