Many consumers are suspicious of the internet. They don’t trust the web when it comes to spending money on anything; not shoes, books, or travel tickets. This mistrust is understandable; a huge paradigm shift in the way we spend money takes some getting used to, and everyone needs to adjust at their own speed, but if you take too long it’s just possible to lose out on some of the biggest opportunities available. That goes for virtually anything one can purchase, including tickets for airline flights, accommodation, and tours.
Consider these Questions
There are a few things you need to consider before going on a holiday besides what it costs to get there and where to stay. Firstly, what is the exchange rate? Secondly, how much does eating out cost and what are some prices for tourist attractions? Are fees high for hiring a car, parking, and admission to national parks? Will insurance be expensive? What is “high season” in this location and are there local holidays which affect the rates? Is public transportation any good? What about safety?
All of these considerations should factor in to your decision to book a holiday anywhere around the world or even within your own country. There could be need of extra insurance because of weather or crime-related dangers as far as insurers are concerned. One might need to hire a car because buses and trains aren’t very convenient, but gas is expensive and there is hardly any free parking. Children get in for free everywhere, but adults pay twice as much as they would at museums close to home. Don’t take any detail for granted. Research every possibility and make thorough planning for each day of a vacation. Otherwise, perceived savings could be a sham. You are only saving because the time of year is so unpleasant and no one wants to visit because it rains all the time. Ask yourself why savings are so good.
Coupons for Travel
Where do coupons apply when you are planning a holiday or a short break? Usually, they come up on landing pages for hotels and resorts or on coupon pages which feature these items. You might be able to access a really good deal from the hotel and still apply a coupon for 20% off the final bill but some deals cannot be combined. Just work it out: is accommodation cheaper when you take advantage of the coupon or because of a promotional rate offered online by a general travel-tourism website where consumers hope to save money on flights and hotel rooms?
Also, coupons are frequently associated with conditions. They can only be used mid-week, for stays of 2 or more nights, or when a person also takes in a particular attraction like the local IMAX or a popular zoo. They might not be much help after all.
Some car rental places also post coupon codes to their websites offering three days for the price of two or better rates during certain times of the year. Make sure you compare the deal against regular prices at other rental agencies too. Click here for some great ones.
Call the Hotel and Airline Directly
Go through a website and try your travel agent by all means. They know where to find the deals. On the other hand, consumers can sometimes obtain excellent prices by taking a chance and calling the airline or talking to a clerk at the hotel. There could be a flash sale, a seat sale, or even a last-minute opening where they just want to get rid of this space and are willing to almost give it away. Saving money is sometimes a matter of making the effort.
Don’t Forget Memberships and Age-related Discounts
If you are a senior, take advantage of your age and use discounts. Don’t be proud or shy, and remember: that birthday you just had qualifies you for 10% off many things, including the price of a room and the cost of a ticket to see a special presentation or entry into a museum.
Membership with a breakdown service like MCA or AAA will potentially earn you a discount on the price of a hotel room. These groups make arrangements between themselves. Use military discounts whenever you can. Frequent travelers should join hotel reward plans where you can cash in points in order to obtain a deal on your next stay as their way of saying “thank you.”