Any savvy traveler can use shopping comparison sites to find holiday deals. It is very easy to combine all the pieces of travel online these days without having to hire a travel agent to look for deals on your behalf.
You can start the planning process by organizing yourself. Set your budget, think of some dates (more flexible, better) and make a list of destinations you would like to consider. Find out when the tourist season is for each destination and look for deals during the OFF season, when airline tickets and hotels will be much cheaper.
Another way of finding holiday deals is to wait for a last minute discount to make an appearance. This can be a great way to save money if you are not particularly picky about where and when you go. Many leading travel discount websites offer apps and free newsletters that will alert you daily, weekly or monthly to all the best deals. You can also use apps to track airline tickets and hotel rates.
Always take advantage of free membership programs, such as frequent flyer programs, credit card points, military discounts, student discounts, group discounts, Triple A programs and so on. Even if you're not sure if you qualify for a special discount or reward, it's still worth a look.
If you want to go on a cruise, look for cruise destinations. As cruise lines operate their ships throughout the season during different seasons, there are short periods when tourists are offered discounts. They are referred to as one way repositioning cruises and are significantly smaller than regular high season cruises. The only problem with this type of cruise is that your trip will end in another city from which you started – in another country of the country or even on the continent. Because of this, you will need to make sure that a one way plane ticket back home is worth the discount on your cruise.
Additional tips for cheaper vacation deals
Wednesday is usually the cheapest day for a domestic flight, followed by Tuesday. Be on the lookout for popup deals just after midnight on Wednesday morning and just after 3pm on Tuesdays.
If you are traveling with family, one of the first things to look for is a hotel that offers free meals for children. Also, do not rent a car right at the airport because rental rates at airports usually cost much more than the rates of offices outside the airport – even if it is the same company. Book a room at an easily accessible hotel from the airport. Some even offer free shuttles back and forth.
When shopping online for holiday travel deals, read the details carefully to know exactly what the price includes.
Booking online will help you save on your next trip. Discounts on cruises, all inclusive packages, airfare, entertainment and other travel-related expenses are often popped up. It is easy to get access to the best deals on holiday rentals.