When the economy is in a rut like it has been for the last year or so, it becomes difficult for many people to go on a nice vacation. Usually traveling is among the first things people give up because it is not a necessity, but rather it is seen as an unaffordable luxury. For the fortunate savvy deal hunters though, uncovering amazing deals on hotels, rental cars, flights, and even luggage makes traveling to fun destinations at any time of the year a reality.
Below are five useful tips and methods that experienced travelers use to save a lot of money that you should consider trying the next time you book a vacation.
Subscribe to a Travel Deals Newsletter - Many blogs and other travel related websites send out periodic email newsletters that include exclusive coupons, promotions, and limited time specials that you won't find anywhere else. These email newsletters might be able to save you significant amounts of money on flights, hotels, rental cars, or even luggage, and the only way to get these savings is to subscribe. When you subscribe to a newsletter, make sure it is free, and also make sure there is a clearly stated policy that your email address will not be shared with any other company or website.
Search for Coupon Codes - No matter where you end up booking your airline tickets, hotel reservations, or anything else related to your vacation plans, there will almost certainly be an area during checkout where you will have the option of entering a coupon code. If you do not have a coupon code to use, simply go to your favorite search engine and search for one. For example, if you are booking a flight with Southwest, go to Bing.com and search for "southwest airlines coupon codes."
Try Using an Auction Site to Book Flights and Hotels - When hotels or airlines have unsold inventory, sometimes they turn to auction sites such as Priceline to sell the inventory to the highest bidder. Using these auction services you can find huge savings. The only drawback is that you will not get to choose your own flight or hotel, but rather you will have to bid on whatever is available.
Browse Internet Forums - Forums have sprung up all over the internet with the expressed purpose of helping people save money. Seek out these forums and read the experiences and advice of fellow deal seekers.
Compare Prices on Everything - Perhaps the best thing you can do when trying to save money on travel is research and compare absolutely everything. Use several travel booking sites such as kayak, Travelocity, Orbitz, and Expedia to be sure you find the lowest possible price. Also check directly on airline websites and hotel-specific websites to be sure there isn't a better deal available if you book directly rather than through a third party.
If you follow these guidelines, you should be able to take that vacation or trip that you thought you could never afford.