For many vacation season begins in June. Summer travel is very popular time for family vacations. Before you plan the next vacation, check out these tips to help you save on your upcoming travel.
- Sign up for airlines’ free e-mail alerts to get sale notifications and coupon codes delivered to your email address. You can also review www.airfarewatchdog.com for current travel specials and promotional codes.
- Fly when no one else wants to. When you fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday afternoon, airline tickets are less expensive. Early mornings and late nights are also less popular and more affordable times to fly, as are actual travel on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
- Make sure you’re buying at the right time with Bing Travel’s “price predictor.” (www.bing.com/travel) Enter your proposed itinerary and the site will return a list of fares with a recommendation to either buy now — because it expects the fare to rise — or wait for a soon-to-come fare drop.
- Use Kayak.com. This website quickly scans hundreds of travel sites for the cheapest airfares. You will need to check fares on Southwest.com separately.
- Book directly through a hotel’s Web site. Many places offer lower rates for online booking. Usually, the lowest rates are usually prepaid and non-refundable. If you think your plans might change, you’ll have to pay the higher, more flexible rates.
- Rent a home. If you plan to travel with a family or group of friends, skip the hotel and rent a home, instead. Websites like VRBO.com, Homeaway.com and VacationRentals.com allow you to negotiate with property owners directly.
- Fly from and into alternate airports. Here are some examples: Southern Florida – check both Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Miami (MIA); New York City options Newark (EWR), John F. Kennedy (JFK), and LaGuardia (LGA); Southern California options Los Angeles (LAX), Orange County (SNA), and Ontario (ONT).
- Check vacation packages. Online travel agencies Travelocity, Expedia and Orbitz are well known for their bundled bargains. But don’t forget to check package deals offered by airlines, such as United Airlines’ United Vacations, and by smaller travel operators, such as Apple Vacations.
Hopefully, these tips help you save few dollars on your upcoming vacations. Travel smart in 2013!
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