One of the things I love most about being an entrepreneur is the flexible schedule. I remember as an employee trying to figure out how I could work my vacation days, my sons vacations days plus those weekend getaways with the Mister. Now, as an entrepreneur, I literally take trips on a whim. My biggest travel dilemma to date is making sure I’ve selected the right airlines to get the most bang for my buck with travel points.
Anywho, I get asked by so many of my clients on tips to save on travel expenses, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with my favorites a few of my Travel tips. By no means am I a travel expert. I honestly just like to save my coins.
When I know I want to visit a state or country in advance. I use “Air Fare Watch Dog” I just plug in the destination and Air Fare Watchdog sends me alerts on when cheap ticket prices for when this state or Country go on sale. Plus this works for hotels too.
Track hotel rates with sites like http://yapta.com/ especially if you have time to track the rates to possibly see if they will drop in prices so you can get the most bang for your buck. You will be surprised at how low prices drop. I have seen hotels even lower this year than five years ago.
As much as I love Expedia sometimes calling the cruises line or hotel directly will allow you to save big bucks them.
Follow your favorite airlines on social media and/or via email. When I see people posting about Airlines sales I usually have a smile on my face from learning about the sale first by email.
Don’t forget about “Google Alerts” set a Google Alert for alerts on airline ticket sale. For example: “New York airline deals”, “Hawaii vacation deals”.
Book your trip before or after major holidays. If you don’t believe me. Look into the rates on a major holiday vs going the Friday after. Again, this is if you’re booking a “Just Because” trip. When I went to Jamaica during Christmas time. Tickets for my flight seemed as if they tripled in price during that time vs going off season”
Side Note Tips:
- One-Four Months Out is the “Prime Booking Window” (for domestic trips-Not including holidays)
- Look at the coupons that are given to you by the hotel. Trust me, you can save Big time on stuff that you can potentially use.
- Don’t forget about Groupon while you’re out and about. You have no idea what Gem you will stumble upon if you take a moment to look at the local restaurants, plus shows etc. (or even purchase the Groupon in advance if you already have the trip booked. Don’t forget to read the guidelines prior to purchasing.)
- Can we say Happy Hour? Why not take advance of the Happy Hours in that state while you’re visiting. Most restaurants have a Happy Hour Food Menu that you could possibly save a ton on.
- If you’re going on a road or on a flight, don’t forget to pack snacks. Rest stops and at the airport can be pricey.
- Try to put some money aside for those last minute getaways so you’re not spending projected money.
- If you have the time, give up your seat. I had no idea about this until I was on a booked flight. I think they were going to offer us $250 a ticket plus some other perks.
- I’ve read that the best time to buy a flight is a Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly out is the first flight on a Wednesday.
- If you can pack lightly. Unless my bags are flying free. I aways have my carryon bag.
I hope this blog post was helpful for you!
Wishing you only the best,