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Whether you’re traveling to see family or skipping out for a much-needed vacation, keep these tips in mind to save on travel to wherever you’re going.
I told Travis the other day that as soon as I make that last student loan payment I’m purchasing a ticket somewhere as soon as cheaply possible. I love traveling, whether it’s a big city adventure, a cabin in the mountains, or road tripping for a family reunion on a beach not as nice as the one I already live by (but truthfully, never doing that again.)
The holidays are coming up and I know this is the time people start thinking about their travel plans to see family or get far away from them. When the holidays are vying for all the extra dollars in your budget, saving on travel is top priority. And these tips can be useful for holiday or summer travel so pin it for later and make frugality a habit in all your travels.
Shop through Ebates
Did you know you can get cash back for booking travel and shopping on the sites you would’ve anyways? #FreeMoney! Expedia and Priceline offer up to 10% back on flights, hotels, etc for booking through Ebates and if you’re buying any presents online (hi Cyber Monday!) then definitely click through this website to see what you can get back.
It’s 2016, you know just about every airline charges a checked bag fee. Americans have spent enough on baggage fees to literally buy an airline.
So if you’re considering checking a bag see if these hacks don’t cut down your travel mass: Ship gifts ahead of time if they can fit in a less expensive flat rate box or just send them there if you’re purchasing online. Pack dark pieces of clothing that can be worn with everything and don’t show dirt as well and wear your bulkiest items on the plane (like boots and coats.) And bring as little of everything as possible. Try these
And bring as little of everything as possible. Try these tiny travel sized bottles from Amazon, they’re nice to have for any trip.
Look off the Beaten (Discount Airfare Website) Path
Southwest and Allegiant are famed for their discount airafre service. Southwest still lets you check two bags for free and Allegiant flies to smaller airports the big guys don’t.
But seasoned travelers know you won’t find them on major sites like Travelocity or Priceline. Check multiple sites and compare them to Southwest and Allegiant. Remember, the cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Major savings if you fly on Thanksgiving. And if you’re flying Allegiant, get there early, they don’t mess around with travelers who show up late.
One Stop Shop
Also, if you were thinking a non-stop flight would help you save time and hassle, it’ll be at the expense of some dollars. Taking the route with stop[s] versus non-stop could save you around $100 or possibly hundreds.
Have you tried Airbnb yet? It’s an innovative concept that allows people to rent out their room, house, condo, etc to other people. People love the privacy that you get as opposed to a hotel and prices are usually very comparable to what you’ll find from the major chains. If your family is considering getting away this year there are tons of options all over the world for big and small families alike.
Sign up here to get a $35 credit toward your first Airbnb booking! They do gift cards now too. Hint hint mom.
Ditch the Car Rental
With Uber and Lyft around you can get to just about anywhere you need for less than renting a car (and no getting lost on unfamiliar roads while visiting your in-laws.)
But, if you really need a rental car, Enterprise has a $9.99 per day deal for weekends (that is valid on Christmas weekend!) It’s not good at airports so factor in getting a ride or an Uber to the location to pick up the car when you’re comparing costs. And don’t forget to reserve through Ebates for 2% cash back.
Pack a Lunch
Road tripping? Pack meals for the road, not just snacks you’ll mindlessly eat. Subs and wraps are hearty and will keep you from buying extra snacks when you stop for gas. Even better, you’ll avoid that gross road trip belly feeling.
Christmas comes at the same time every year. Preceded by Thanksgiving and succeeded by calorie intake remorse. So whether you’re traveling near or far in the next few months start saving now.
Sticking to your budget isn’t just for the days you’re at home. Prepare a separate trip budget that allows for a few pleasurable expenses but keeps you from blowing it all in the first few days.
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