As the weather gets a little warmer you may be thinking of planning your next vacation. The travel experts at Hotels.com have shared a few tips on how to stretch your dollar further when booking travel so that you can focus on having a great experience:
- Pick a Time and Place. When do you want to plan your next trip? Traveling during off seasons and certain days of the week may be a huge source of savings. Popular destinations such as Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach and San Antonio tend to offer steep discounts on trips that take place on weekdays (Sunday – Thursday) while increasing rates on Friday and Saturday. If you want to explore a new city, the opposite can be true for destinations that see a lot of business travelers during the work week. Hotels in cities like Houston and Atlanta tend to discount their Friday and Saturday rates. If you are flexible with your dates, starting a weekend getaway early (Thursday) or staying later (Monday) can save you even more.
- A Little Can Go a Long Way. Small savings in the planning process can add up. Take advantage of rewards programs like those offered by travel credit cards and booking programs, where you can add free nights after a certain number of stays. Make sure to ask hotels about added-value benefits during your stay such as free breakfast and restaurant vouchers.
- Start Sooner or Later. Booking your trip early can add to your savings as hotels usually have more inventory further from the travel date. However, if you are in need of a last-minute escape in the next few days, some hotels that need to quickly fill empty rooms may reduce their rates significantly.
- Think Outside the Hotel Room. And when it comes to multiple guests and longer stays, consider alternative lodging such as homes, condos, apartments or even tree houses! Vacation rentals can be a more budget friendly option and let you experience your trip like a local.
Whether you have your eye on the international adventure of a lifetime or a relaxing trip to the beach, you do not have to burn through your savings to have a good time.