The holidays are upon us, and for many Americans that means traveling. Our first thoughts about holiday travel are usually how expensive it is. And it is. But there are some ways to try and reduce costs.
1) Use airfare tracking websites
Kayak has been around for quite a while, though some people feel that Google Flights is the best.
Kayak lets you set a date to travel or a range, and many times matches the legs with different airlines to get the best price. Google Flights also lines up the best prices and will match different legs, and will let you set up fare alerts to notify you if the fare drops or rises.
Note — Southwest Airlines’ prices are not available on Kayak or Google Flights.
Don’t forget to look at nearby airports for better airfares. Typically, booking directly with the airlines gives you more flexibility in case you need to rebook the flight.
At the same time, vacation booking sites such as Expedia, Travelocity or Hotwire are very popular for packages that may give you a discount for combining airfare, hotel and car rental together.
TripAdvisor has been around since 2000. Between their ranked listings of reviewed hotels, listings of fun things to do and a forum that allows you to ask any question to those who are familiar with a location, their help is invaluable in deciding where to go and where to stay.
To give back, make sure you post your own reviews of your travels to help others make their travel decisions.
3) Car rentals
Costco has some good deals with major car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Alamo and Enterprise.
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The 5 Best Vacation Package Sites. Reviews.com. Retrieved Nov. 15, 2016.