Booking a holiday isn’t be a stressful task when you have a few tricks up your sleeve. Savvy travellers use these simple tips to quickly find what they are looking for and save money on their holiday bookings.
Skip the Travel Agents and Shop for Deals Online
In person travel agents are a thing of the past, and you no longer need to make a phone call to book that flight, hotel or package holiday. Everything that we need to find the best deals is right at our fingertips. The Web is home to a host of websites including travel comparison sites which will scour the Internet in order to find the very best prices around. Hotels Combined and Trivago are two of the best hotel comparison sites online, while Skyscanner is the site to check out if you are looking for great some value flights.
Time Your Trip Wisely
If you’re traveling on a shoestring and you want to save some extra cash, then timing your trip right is everything. Studies show that flights are the cheapest when they depart midweek, particularly on Wednesdays, while unsurprisingly rates are highest on Saturdays and Sundays. You should also avoid Bank Holidays and special celebrations as hotel rates and airfares tend to sky rocket around these times.
Think Outside of the Box
There are a number of more unusual ways that you can save money off of your next holiday. Firstly, instead of searching for hotel rooms, why not rent a room off of a local? Airbnb lets you do exactly that. Not only will you save money off staying in a fancy hotel, but you can also make new friends and get some inside info on some of the best spots to visit in the are that you are traveling to.
There are also several websites that let you bid on hotels or let you book a hotel without knowing the name of it. Many top hotels will do this so that they don’t dilute their brand by having lots of sales readily available to the public. This is another great way to save cash off of your stay.
Use Points and Rewards
Do you collect air miles? Have you saved up hotel points? Do you have a number of grocery rewards to use up? You may be surprised to know that a number of reward points can be redeemed against travel related necessities including hotels, flights and life insurance policies. So dust off those cards and open your account to see what deals you could score with your rewards.
Use a Cashback Site
Finally, when you are ready to make a booking, make sure that you first go through a cashback site. A cashback site is able to pay you a small percentage or commission on your booking (the money that would normally go to advertisers). It costs nothing and can be done in a few seconds, so it is well worth clicking through a cashback site to save some cash.
Try out several of the above tips when you are hunting for vacations and you will be sure to find some bargains. Happy holidays!
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