Frugal Vacation Tips for the Holidays

Planning for a holiday trip is often looked at as a costly endeavor, but it can be done on a budget. The key to saving money on your holiday trip is to follow a few frugal vacation tips to bring your travel costs down.

Leverage Your Available Resources

Aeroplan credit cards can help you reduce your travel costs, but you can only take advantage of this savings if you have one of these cards and use it regularly to earn points

One of the best ways to earn points on a rewards card like this is to use it for everything you can, save your paychecks during the month and then pay the card off when the bill arrives. This way, you do not waste money on interest and you get as many points as possible each month. Depending on how much you use your card and how frequent your trips are, you can fly yourself or even your whole family for free on your next holiday trip. You may also be able to get other rewards to use for your travels, like hotel accommodations.

Plan Your Trip Early

As the saying goes “the early bird catches the worm.” In this case, planning and booking early will allow you to take advantage of the best deals. As the date for your trip nears, costs for everything from hotel accommodations to airfare to rental car costs will go up. The only costs that cannot be reduced by planning early are costs for food and gas.

Use Comparison Websites

Comparison websites usually do not offer a discount on travel accommodations, but they are useful in other ways. The best advantage of these sites is that they allow you to compare hotel accommodations at a glance. Instantly, you can see what a particular hotel is rated, what customers thought after their stay and how much you will pay on your trip. This means that you can secure a comparable hotel for a lower price than its competitors, without spending a lot of time searching for the best price.

Take a Chance on Discount Websites

There are discount travel websites offering the best deals on everything from hotel accommodations to airfare to rental cars. These sites usually operate in one of two ways: either they let you bid on a specific grade of hotel and, if your offer is accepted, you are let in on the actual hotel name after you complete your purchase or they show you available rates, ratings and amenities, but not the actual hotel name until after you purchase. Either way, you are likely to get a great deal on a hotel.

Forget Travel Insurance

While $8 doesn’t sound like a lot, for a family of 5, it’s an increase of $40 for something you likely won’t need. I say skip the travel insurance, and if you are considering it, read the terms carefully because not everything is covered!

Guest Post by Vanessa

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