Looking for ways to save money on flights or vacation packages? Travelling doesn’t always have to cost an arm and a leg! Here are my money saving tips to help you save while booking your next vacation.
My Money Saving Tips
- Create a budget. Researching the average destination and resort cost allows me to create a budget I want to stick within while I search for the best deal.
- Look online everyday to price watch. The prices can change daily so once you see a drop in price and it’s within your budget you can book. Clear your browsers cookies each day before you look. Websites track how many times you have visited the site and offer different deals depending on the user.
- Research the destinations low season. Compare the cost of low season vs high season to see how much money you can save. Most of my trips have been during low season as it’s an easy way to save money and the resorts aren’t packed. When I booked Atlantis Resort it cost $1200 per person in low season and $2600 per person in high season for the exact same vacation package.
- Be flexible with dates. I always know a specific month I want to travel but I don’t ever pick a specific week. If you want the best price you need to be flexible with the dates because one week could end up being $500 more per person than the following week.
- If you like to travel with a specific airline get their credit card. I have the WestJet Elite MasterCard and it earns me WestJet dollars on all my purchases to then redeem on flights or vacation packages. The other perks of the card are the travel insurance it provides and the free companion flight once a year (you do have to pay the taxes on the flight). On average I earn $600-$800 WestJet dollars a year.
- Pay attention to flight layovers. I would always pick the cheapest option which would lead to a long or overnight layover opposed to paying a few hundred more for a direct flight or short layover. I started to pay attention to how much I was spending during these layovers on hotel, transportation and food. Just from a few meals and Starbucks for my husband and I during a long layover could easily end up being a few hundred dollars that we could have just spent on a better flight option.
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