Where and When to Find the Best Travel Coupons
Consider These Discounts and Deals to Save Money on Travel
Summer is almost here, and many families are planning to hit the road and enjoy their warm weather vacations. But whether you’re hitting the beach or heading to the mountains, these trips aren’t free, and you’ve probably saved for months to afford the experience.
Fortunately, you don’t always need to pair the joy of travel with the burden of massive expenses. There are ways to find travel coupons, deals and discounts that will cut the cost of your travel budget and allow you to save money on every trip you take.
Check out the following tips that will help you find out the best strategies for inexpensive travel, the best time to hit the road and the optimal places to find deals, discounts and coupons for travel.
Tip 1: Avoid Traveling Over Holidays
If you’re planning to hit the road this summer, the open road is typically open 24/7—but that doesn’t mean you’ll find the same travel prices every day. Airfare, train tickets, hotels and sometimes even gasoline will cost more around holidays. Therefore, you should avoid travel around Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
If you must travel right around a holiday (for instance, your family schedules a reunion or you have a wedding to attend), there are some dates that are cheaper to travel than others. Previous analyses have suggested that if a holiday is in the middle of the week, it’s more expensive to fly the night before that holiday or on the Friday before or after. So, for instance, if July 4 is on a Tuesday, your best deal would be to fly on Sunday, July 2 or Wednesday, July 5.
Obviously, this can change from year to year, and travelers are wise to log into a travel price comparison site like Orbitz or Expedia and indicate that your travel dates are flexible. The flexible-date search allows you to find out when the cheapest hotels and flights are available so you can travel without spending a lot.
Tip 2: Register With Loyalty Clubs
Most airline, hotel, rental car and booking sites maintain loyalty clubs that give you points for traveling with them. You can later exchange those travel points for free perks, such as extra night stays, free flights or discount rentals. Just as importantly, however, once you join those loyalty clubs, you’ll often get emails as soon as members-only discounts and deals go live. They may also send you promo codes and coupons, both via mail and email, that give you cheaper services and stays.
You should also “like” the social media pages of your preferred airlines, hotels, rental car companies and other firms. That’s where the companies will frequently post deals and discounts that can offer you cheaper travel, as well as limited-time promo codes that will give you savings on your travel bookings.
Tip 3: Consider Shifting Travel Destination
You may have your heart set on a particular travel destination, but if it’s one that’s particularly popular this year, or at a certain time of year, then you could end up paying more to go there. For instance, because school is out of session in the summertime, many people visit child-friendly spots like Disney that time of year, which means you may find higher prices for hotels and flights to Orlando in the summer.
Some analysts periodically review the potential places that give you the best bang for your buck in any particular year, and in 2018, the cities that are among the best values include South Lake Tahoe and The Cook Islands, according to Forbes Magazine. This list will change on an annual basis, so you should always search the internet for each year's best travel deals.
If you do pick a hot destination, such as a beach or resort area, you should consider booking a hotel a few miles away from the most popular tourist spot, particularly if you’re driving. As long as you have a car, you may save hundreds by staying in a hotel a mile away from the beach rather than a block away. Then you can hop in the car and drive to the water whenever you want to visit. However, this option is only feasible if the beach area offers a spot for free parking, or the parking is inexpensive.