- Remove the cookies from your browser
- Travel during the week
- Be prepared to change to travel dates
- Avoid the broker websites and visit the airline website directly
- Change your flying times
- Deal with hotels directly
- Are you a young traveller?
- Join a loyalty programme
- Stay a little longer
- Sunday is a good day
- Sign up to airline and hotel newsletters
- Don’t simply renew your travel insurance
- Social media is king
- Attend Time Share Presentations
We all know that traveling can be very expensive, so it makes sense to save a few pennies here and there. Money saved here…a little there soon adds up. This article lists ways to save money on travel.
It’s not necessarily that you need to save money because you can’t afford it, it simply means that you can spend more on activities that you really value. More time doing adventure activities or eating in a nicer restaurant…saving money can really make a difference to your experience.
If you are travelling on a budget, some of these tips will really make a difference to you.
Before you travel
Before you book a flight, remove the cookies from your computer. Ideally you should use a VPN. Airlines and booking sites are smart. They know through the cookies they leave on your browser when you want to travel and where. This means that the search results they deliver you aren’t competitive. Clear your cookies and use a VPN. Watch how the price of your air ticket falls, especially if the flight is relatively soon.
Travel during the week
Setting off on holiday is normally a weekend thing as it allows you to finish the work week. Everything is neat and tidy. However, flying during the week may actually result is significantly cheaper fares.
Be prepared to change to travel dates
This is a simple suggestion but being flexible about when you travel may actually save you quite a lot. Some days are more popular than others which makes them more expensive. Flying during a quiet time can make your ticket cheaper.
Avoid the broker websites and visit the airline website directly
When you have decided where and when you want to go, as a final act, visit the airline website and search the same flight. In many cases, you may find the same ticket cheaper purely by booking through them directly. Essentially, they are passing on the saved brokers fees.
Change your flying times
The same applies to the flight time. Flying at night or first thing in the morning may result in a cheaper flight.
Deal with hotels directly
Again, avoiding broker websites can actually save you money. If it is a last-minute booking, it is well worth calling around to see what deals are available. Hotel operators focus on their ‘fill’ rate so getting an extra booking on a room that would otherwise go empty is worth it to them. If you persist, you can get a great deal so don’t be shy about asking.
Are you a young traveller?
If so, you should definitely make enquiries which incorporate student discounts. This may not get you the best-timed flights but they certainly get you big discounts. On option is to visit STA Travel. They specialise with students and can help you get a great deal.
Join a loyalty programme
If you fly regularly with a certain network, it is worth joining the frequent flyers programme…essentially it is a loyalty programme. Depending how you travel, it may well gain you free flights as well as upgrades. Additionally, if you are a user of credit cards, find one that gains you points as a bonus.
Stay a little longer
Staying for a single night is often leads to a full price. However, staying more than a single night can lead to discounts. This applies to both hotels and hostels. So why rush, take it easy…stay a little longer and enjoy the discounts.
Sunday is a good day
Sunday is the day that has the lowest fill rate in hotels, therefore the biggest opportunity to get discounts.
Occasionally, they will offer discounts to their subscribers or even promotion codes. Regardless, these can be very good offers because they assume that you are a loyal customer. Make the most of them when they come up.
Don’t simply renew your travel insurance
Insurance is a competitive business but one thing we know about this industry…being loyal is not in your favor. Renewing means the price goes up. The best option is to shop around and get the best deal with the same coverage.
Social media is king
As companies change how they communicate with their customers and potential customers, social media is the channel. It allows them to control the ‘buzz’, so take the time and follow them. You may get a great deal with a flash sale.
You need a strong mind and an unwavering ability to say no. Essentially, these companies are offering free accommodation and in return, you need to attend a sales presentation. These are incredibly aggressive but you need to attend. In return…free accommodation. Some will question the ethics of this…but each to their own.