A Few Tips For A Cheaper Vacation
Have you been putting off your next vacation because you don’t think that you can afford it? If so, then there’s no reason to keep waiting. Saving money on vacation is easy, and you don’t have to sacrifice quality or comfort to do it. Just follow these five tips, and take the time off that you deserve.
Save Your Points or Miles
Many credit cards offer free points or miles that you can apply toward your vacation. To maximize your savings, avoid cards that have annual fees or high interest rates. Also, be sure to pay off your cards each month during the grace period. If you use them only for monthly expenses such as rent and groceries, you can earn substantial rewards. Paying interest on large purchases will only defeat the purpose of having the cards. Remember that when you pay unnecessary fees, the points or miles that you earn are no longer free.
Beware of Cheap Airfare
While it’s tempting to look for the lowest price on airfare, some deals aren’t as good as they sound. Many airlines charge hidden fees, and their discounted fares are often more expensive than the regular prices offered by other airlines. Keep in mind also that many discounted tickets can only be used for certain airports. These are often far from the cities they serve, and the cost of getting into town can more than cancel out the money you saved on the ticket. Remember to always read the fine print.
Travel During the Off-Season
One of the best ways to save money on your vacation is to avoid taking it when everyone else is taking theirs. Think of it as a simple case of supply and demand. The more people there are who need plane tickets and hotel rooms, the higher the prices become. Instead of taking your vacation during the summer tourist season, think about traveling during the spring or fall. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll avoid the crowds as well. If you fly on a Tuesday or Thursday, you’ll save even more.
Don’t Eat at the Hotel
If you’ve ever dined at a hotel, then you know how high the prices can be. Instead of overpaying for hotel food, try out some local restaurants, or shop at the local grocery store. As long as you avoid the tourist restaurants, you can save hundreds of dollars on your vacation while still enjoying the food.
Know When to Haggle
While souvenirs might be a necessary expense, they’re often overpriced. If you want to save money on your purchases, then you’ll need to practice your haggling skills. If you’re like most people, then you only get a chance to go on vacation once a year. You owe it to yourself to take it.
Sam Jones, the author, has managed to get 2 free flights from the air miles on his credit cards.