There is no shortage of travel hacks available to savvy vacationers looking to save a buck. Try the following tips the next time you book a trip and you might just be surprised at how much leftover dough you have to spend on souvenirs!
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Next, if your travel dates are flexible, consider flying out during the middle of the week. The demand for flights is less on Tuesday-Thursday, so you likely won’t pay as much as you would if you flew over the weekend. Believe it or not, the same strategy applies to flying on holidays as opposed to around holidays. Continuing with this same train of thought, if you can hold off on booking your flight for a bit, consider using online tools to help you track price fluctuations for your preferred flights. Many apps will allow you to set up notifications on your phone, and if a flight drops to a price tag that’s too hard to pass up, jump on it!
One tactic that often gets overlooked when booking trips is the power of a one-way ticket. While roundtrip tickets are convenient, you can often save money by booking two separate, one-way tickets when flying to and from your destination. Also, there’s nothing that says you have to stick with the same airline for your return flight. Play around with the search tools the next time you book and you might be surprised how much you can save by changing up airlines and departure airports.
Finally, when booking your hotel, don’t immediately head straight to one of the popular “hotel shopping” sites and expect that you’re getting the best prices. Many hotels will offer discounts, or at least price match if you book with them directly. Give them a call and see what kind of price you can negotiate.