4 Great Ways to Save on Summer Travel!
Summer is pretty much here and the travel season is in full swing!
I'm looking forward to some serious getaway time these next few months, but I definitely don't want to break the bank doing so. The only decision I want to make is "where can I go next?"
Well in order to achieve this, I did my homework and I've found some great ways to save time AND money on my summer trips which I'll be posting about all summer long on my blog so stay connected!
First and foremost ~ Tuesdays RULE!
- At first I didn't believe this but it's actually true! If you're able to travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday you'll probably score the cheapest flight of the week. Most people are traveling towards the end of the week or on weekends which drives up the demand. You're more likely to find a great flight at a great price during off peak time.
- Let's face it, we burn out and sometimes we need a quick escape every now and then. Nothing like hopping on a plane for a fun last minute journey. BUT there are pros and cons to this for sure. Getting a cheap to "anywhere" doesn't work like it used to. Nowadays, most airlines are overbooked (because....greedy!) and last minute flying is MORE expensive than it used to be. That's not to say that you can't find a great flight last minute, let technology do the work for you. Some last minute deals can be found on your favorite airline's email list, and of course sites like Groupon or Living Social offer up some great last minute deals too.
Check OUT on Hotels
- I'm all about great hotel stays trust me, but they can put a hurting on your wallet, especially a last minute booking. Sites Like VRBO and AirBNB are great alternatives to hotel rooms. If you do a little research online, you may find that the city you're going to has smaller sites that list rentals that are available for travelers.
Get Off the Plane
- Whether you've been planning your summer travel for weeks or just last night, there's a benefit to being flexible with your schedule. Remember me mentioning earlier about how airlines like to overbook flights? Most airlines will make it worthwhile to switch up your flight schedule if you can afford to do so. As soon as you check in, let the attendant know you'd like to be put on the list of volunteers should they have to make any changes. United and Delta will even let you bid on how much money it'd take for you to give up your seat.
During my recent flight to Las Vegas, a flight headed to California on my same airline was overbooked and the price to give up seats rose to nearly $2,000. Sounds like great vacation money to me.
These are just a few tips to help you get started, I'll share more with you during the summer. Getting to your favorite spots doesn't have to cost a fortune, if you know when and where to look!