How to Spend Less on Last-Minute Holiday Travel

You have an itch to takeoff, and you’re trying to find a way to afford traveling over Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year’s. Unfortunately, you’re probably finding that prices aren’t as cheap as you hoped.

The bad news is that you’re running out of time. The good news, however, is that it’s possible to save on last-minute holiday travel if you’re willing to get a little crafty. Here are some tricks to ensure you still get a good deal on your last-minute holiday plans.

1. Travel right before or after the holidays

If you’re willing and able, you might want to consider traveling right before or after the holidays. Doing so can lead to substantial savings, on both hotel bookings and airfare. While the price difference you’ll see may depend on where you’re traveling to and from, the savings is almost always there.

2. Drive, don’t fly

Depending on where you’re going, you can usually save a bundle if you drive instead of fly. This may not be possible if you’re traveling to Jamaica, but it works great if you’re traveling a day’s drive away.

If you have multiple people in your party, consider renting a vehicle and splitting the expense.

3. Use your award points for hotels and flights

Don’t forget about your airline miles and hotel points to book your travel. Points are redeemable at almost any time, regardless of the season.

4. Search the web for last-minute holiday deals and discounts

If you’re flexible in terms of where you travel, you might want to let the deals guide your plans. By searching for a deal around the dates you want to go, you might find a new destination to love and explore.

5. Fly on an actual holiday

This is not always a sure bet but most ticket prices are cheaper if you fly on the actual day of the holiday. Since most people have already arrived at their destination, the airport tends to be less crowded, too.

6. Book a vacation package

Vacation packages that offer both flights and hotel stays can be a great way to save. There are lots of discounts offered before and after the holiday season as it’s usually considered an off-season.

7. Sign up for newsletters

All major airlines, travel booking sites, and hotel brands offer newsletters that feature special sales and discounts. By signing up with all your favorite brands, you can be among the first to know about an epic holiday sale or special deal that ends soon.

8. Be flexible

While any tip on the list can help you save on last-minute holiday travel, the most important tip of all is to be flexible. If you have your mind set on a specific destination on specific dates, you may not see the savings.

While holiday travel may be priceless, saving money never hurts.

Source: Wise Bread

 

 

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