I have had a few readers emailing me about how to get the best travel deals. Spring Break and Summer is quickly approaching and we could all use a vacation. But, like everything else, we shouldn’t pay full price for it!
Sign up for Email Alerts from Airlines-
Airlines are tricky. It is usually the most expensive part of your trip. But, it can also be cheaper than driving, if you can snag a good deal. Airlines will usually do a 2 or 3-day-sale. But, they come out of nowhere and don’t last long. If you aren’t signed up for their Fare Alert Emails, you won’t know about the deal until it is too late!
One of my favorite airlines is Southwest. They do not charge any money for Baggage and will allow two checked bags per person. Other airlines will charge you for bags and it will end up costing WAY too much! Southwest does not have reserved seating. But, if you are traveling with kids, you will get to choose your seats first. You can sign up for Southwest Airfare Alerts here.
One of my other favorite places is Travel Zoo. They send out a weekly email letting you know what the craziest deals are. Many times, they are last-minute deals that you will need to travel within 2 weeks. But, when you can get round-trip airfare to Europe for $300, you work around the short notice! They will also let you know of airfare sales, or vacation packaged deals.
Booking a vacation right and cheap will take a little researching! Don’t plan on finding the best deal in 10 minutes. You will want to price out whether a trip is cheaper to book everything alone, or cheaper to book it as a vacation package. Many times travel companies will give you a few hundred dollars off by booking your fight, hotel and car rental together.
Don’t Buy what you don’t need-
My family just booked a trip to Disneyland for April. We found a resort that will pick us up from the airport for free and shuttle back and forth between Disneyland for free all day too. So, we don’t need a car! Try to find ways like that to cut back on your expenses.
Find Coupons for the Area you are traveling-
Research the restaurants that are around your Hotel. For example, if you have a Ruby Tuesday close by, you could eat there and use the Buy 1 Get 1 Free Coupon they have available when you sign up for their emails.
Another great resource is the Entertainment Book. Yesterday, I posted about how you grab the Entertainment Book for only $5.50! There are so many coupons that you can use from that book while you are on vacation. It will pay for itself the first time you use it! You will find coupons on activities, food and retail while you are on your vacation all inside the Entertainment Book. Plus, once you buy the book, you can immediately print out a ton of coupons that are not included inside the book. I am personally buying a second Entertainment Book for Orange County and for our trip. It has Rainforest Cafe Coupons inside and online that we can use. The Rainforest Cafe is actually in Downtown Disney. So, we won’t have to drive to get there and we will be able to use coupons on our meal! SCORE!
So, in conclusion, take the time to plan! If you plan out where you are going, and what you are doing, you can find coupons to match!
I will actually be documenting my entire Disneyland Trip for you guys to learn from!~ We leave on April 1st and will be back April 5th. I will show you how to find deals while you are there. I will be doing some great video posts from the trip too! So stay tuned for all of that!