Holiday Travel Tips for a Stress Free Vacation!
Spending time with family and friends during the holidays is the reason for the season. However, traveling can get costly, especially during the holiday season which is the busiest travel period of the year. The good news is that are a few budget travel tips and tricks to keep you from breaking the bank. Use the following holiday travel tips to make your seasons merry and bright. Best Time to Look According to travel site FareCompare, Tuesday afternoon is the best time to look for flights due to the domestic flight sales that typically launch on Monday. The site also reported that Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are typically the cheapest days to travel. This budget travel tip can help you save some extra money on typically pricey airfares. Do It Early With the last minute gift shopping, out-of-town guests, and numerous other tasks that accompany the holidays, the last thing you want to worry about is trying to find a flight a few days before the holiday. Travel website cheapair.com suggests that travelers book flights at least seven weeks in advance for domestic flights, and 11 to 12 weeks in advance for international flights. Alternatively, flexible travelers can sometimes find surprisingly low rates by waiting until the last minute to book their hotel rooms. Because hotels lose money with each room that is not filled, hotel managers are sometimes willing to offer travelers lower rates to ensure that they at least attempt to make a bit of profit on as many rooms as possible. Be sure to call the hotels and ask about discounted rates before booking your reservation. Research Discounts There are numerous types of discounts that many people may not even know exist. Finding and utilizing these discounts are a great way to travel on a budget. Do your research to see what discounts are available for you to utilize. Discounts to look for include the following:
- AARP member discounts
- AAA discounts
- Senior citizen discounts
- Hotel membership and loyalty programs
- Government discounts
- Frequent flier discounts
- Break up group flight reservations into separate purchases – While you may not be able to seat everyone next to each other, by breaking up the flight seating you can save money.
- Mix and match airlines to get cheaper flights – Booking a flight through one airline is convenient, but by mixing and matching airlines your trip can quickly become more budget friendly. Utilize travel search engines to find the best ways to combine flights.
- Check alternate airports – Sometimes the closest airport to your destination may not offer the cheapest flights. Check for airports within the area and consider driving or utilizing public transportation to get to your final destination.