Any smart traveler knows how to use comparative shopping websites to find holiday deals. Today, it is very easy to combine all parts of a trip online, without having to hire a travel agent to ask for offers on your behalf.
You can start the planning process by organizing. Determine your budget, come up with some dates (the more flexible, the better) and make a list of destinations you’d like to consider. Find out when the tourist season is for each of the destinations and look for offers during the OFF season, when airline tickets and hotels will be much cheaper.
Another way to find tourist offers for vacations is to wait for discounts at the last minute. This can be a great way to save money if you are not particularly picky about where and when you go. Many leading travel discount websites offer apps and free newsletters that will alert you to all the best deals on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. You can also use apps to track the prices of plane tickets and hotels.
Always take advantage of free membership programs, such as frequent flyer programs, credit card points, military discounts, student discounts, group discounts, Triple A programs, and more. Even if you’re not sure if you qualify for any particular discount or reward, it’s still worth a look.
If you want to go on a cruise, check the change of cruise position. Since cruise ships move to different regions during the season, there are short periods of time when tourists are offered discounts. This is called one-way repositioning and is significantly less than a regular cruise in season. The only problem with this type of cruise is that your trip will end up in another city from where you started – in another region of the country or even the continent. Therefore, you will need to ensure that one-way plane tickets at home are valid for a cruise discount.
Additional tips for cheaper vacation deals
Wednesday is usually the cheapest day for domestic flights, followed by Tuesday. Look for pop-up offers right after midnight on Wednesday morning and just after 3pm on Tuesdays.
If you are traveling with your family, one of the first things to look for is a hotel that offers a free meal for children. Also, don’t rent a car right at the airport, because the cost of renting a car at the airport usually costs a lot more than the price of renting outside the airport – even if it’s the same company. Book a room in a hotel that is easily accessible from the airport. Some even offer free back-and-forth transportation.
When shopping for holiday offers online, read the details carefully to know exactly what the price covers.
You will save on your next trip by booking online. Discounts on cruises, all-inclusive packages, airline tickets, entertainment and other travel expenses often pop up. It is easy to access the best holiday offers.