For the past few years, my husband has mentioned how much he’d love to pack our bags, lock up the house and travel with our kids over the holidays. We’ve never acted on it, but this year, he’s been especially persistent. And for once, I think our kids may be game as well. My husband and I just returned from a trip to Belize, and honestly, they were a bit jealous that the trip didn’t include them. We’ve traveled extensively around the US as a family and now they’re eager to collect more stamps on their passports. So we’re thinking a family vacation in lieu of gifts may be the perfect way to create memories that will extend beyond that special day.
Here are a few tips to save you money on holiday travel- some of which I’ll be utilizing myself.
1.Book in advance.
When it comes to travel planning, I’m a last minute kind of girl. Many times this works in my favor, but when it comes to holiday travel (or anywhere near the holidays), taking the time to make advance arrangements can ensure you have more money in your pocket for that special gift or getaway. This goes for hotel rooms, rental cars and flights.
2.Fly on days others don’t want to.
It’s not fun to travel on the holiday itself, but this may save you the most amount of money off your plane ticket. When planning your trip, it pays to be flexible. Play around with the days and times to see what kind of fare you come up with on alternate travel days.
3.Choose another day to celebrate the holidays.
It’s great to spend time with loved ones on the actual holiday, but you can save a ton of money if you host your celebration on a different date.
4.Shop on Cyber Monday (the Monday after Black Friday) for online travel deals.
Deep discounts on airfare, cruises and vacation packages are only a click away on this shopper’s holiday.
5.Clear the cache on your computer periodically when searching for the best fares.
Is the price steadily creeping up on the flight or hotel you’ve been stalking? Clear the cookies on your computer and that price may come back down. This has worked for me several times.
6.Utilize promotions offered by your credit card company or airline miles to earn rewards and save big.
During the month of November, the Marriott Rewards Premier and United MileagePlus credit cards from Chase are running the Double Stay, Double Go promotion. This limited-time opportunity provides Marriott Rewards Premier and the United MileagePlus Explorer, Club and Presidential Plus cardholders the ability to earn double rewards on Marriott and United purchases for the first time ever! That means Marriott Rewards cardmembers can earn double the points on United tickets when you purchase them directly through the airline. With 362 United flight destinations worldwide, you’re sure to find someplace that you’d like to visit with your family. And eligible United MileagePlus cardmembers can earn double miles on purchases made at over 4,000 Marriott properties. With a bit of planning, you can rack up a ton of points to use for future travels. Want to learn more? Visit the Double Stay, Double Go website before November 30, 2015 for more details. The sooner you begin to take advantage of this offer, the more points you’ll earn and the further you can travel!
What destination would you love to visit with your family?