Thursday, June 23, 2011

Vacation Savings Tips


~ It is much cheaper to go offseason because there are fewer tourists for the resorts to compete for
~ Fees are sometimes charged for booking airfares over the phone so book online instead
~ Try www.kayak.com which compares prices of various websites for airfares of major airlines
~ Check websites for discount airlines such as Southwest, Allegiant, and AirTran
~ Booking early is no longer a bargain as it used to be
~ Use only a carry-on if you can to avoid crazy baggage fees that airlines now charge
~ Midweek lodging is much cheaper than weekends
~ Check online for discount lodging then call the hotel to see if they have a better price
~ Watch out for prepayment restrictions or cancellation fees
~ If you book a deal and then see a better one later call back and see if they will adjust your price
~ Look for specials such as book 2 nights get one free
~ Beware of fees for parking your car at many resorts because they will stack up
~ Use www.priceline.com to bid on rooms with your specifications to get nice places for much cheaper
~ If renting a vehicle save $$$ by NOT renting it at the airport
~ Don't forget to use your AARP, AAA, or government discount to sometimes get a better rate
~ Be sure to mention special occasions to see if you can get a free upgrade
~ When booking cruises don't forget you will be charged for tips, port taxes, alcohol, soda, taxis, spa treatments, Bingo, excursions, and specialty restaurants

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