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How to get the best travel discounts for your money

Date Added: April 28, 2008 06:36:43 PM

Many people don't realize how much they could be saving if they do a little preparation before they travel. A common tendency for people is to simply go to the most well known travel site such as Expedia or Travelocity and to purchase any travel from such site. If you plan your trip well ahead, you can be saving hundreds of dollars on your travel. Here are 5 tips to help you save.

Tip 1 - Do comparison shopping. One of the first steps you need to do is to do comparison shopping. Just like you would go to site like epinions or pricegrabber when you go to purchase items on the internet, the same can be done for travel if you do a bit of research. Kayak.com helps you to research the best rates across multiple carriers. They compare the major sites such as Travelocity, Orbitz and Expedia and give you the best rates they have available. Not only do they compare these sites, but they also compare other smaller airlines as well. You can think of them as a travel search engine.

Tip 2 - Compare hotels. Just because two comparable hotels have 5 stars does not always mean that they are the same. It is very important to see reviews to see if everything is to your liking. Sites such as travelocity offer hotel reviews done by actual travelers. This can help you determine if one hotel which may offer more amenities such as a larger pool, larger gym is more suitable than another hotel which may offer a better service and a larger room. If you are an avid adventurer an plan to stay out of the hotel room most of the time, it's really not worth it to get a luxurious hotel room. Try to get a cheaper room and use the extra money for your adventure expenditures.

Tip 3 - Plan ahead. It's important to know the best times to travel and travel patterns because they can offer the best prices on travel fares. You can use tools on sites such as farecast.com that help you compare flight ticket prices throughout the year. For example on a trip from Los Angeles to New York, you will be able to see that the best ticket prices are around the end of April and in the months of September and October. These times may also be the best times not only to get a flight but also to book a hotel.

Tip 4 - Use auctions. Using priceline's name your own price system and a little luck, you can save over 90% OFF of the best published prices available for your trip. I recommend auctions when you have the flexibility of traveling at any time. This way you can apply for many different auctions and if you are lucky then you will be flying at a bargain. Another less well known auction site is skyauction.com.

Tip 5 - Use Promotional codes on Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity. Travelocity, Orbitz and other internet travel sites often publish promotional codes to the most popular destinations for the season. By utilizing these coupons or any other deals they have available, you may be able to slash up to 50% of your travel costs. For example, on a recent trip to Orlando, I was able to save 100 off by using a Travelocity coupon. This is not only the frugal thing to do, it's the wise thing to do. So remember to always check for coupon codes before booking your online trip. It just takes 10 seconds to do, and there is no clipping required.








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