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7 Tips On How To Find The Best Travel Deals

Here we will go over how to find the best travel deals.

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, making reservations at the lowest price can make the experience more enjoyable. Unfortunately, not enough people know how to find discounts without calling hotels and airlines to compare prices.

Keep reading for tips on how you can travel cheaply without sacrificing the quality of your trip.

1) Package Deals

When we travel, we spend money on more than just transportation and accommodations. We also spend money on dining, shopping, tours, travel insurance, etc.

Because we spend so much money at various businesses during travel, some travel agencies and booking websites offer travel packages. These packages provide consumers the opportunity to bundle all of their expenses into one discounted rate that is paid upfront. Upon purchase, you receive credit, vouchers, and tickets for typical expenses such as plane fare, hotels, and restaurants.

2) Points Programs

One of the best ways to get deals while traveling is by receiving points through travel websites, apps, and physical locations.

Like a "buy ten get one free" coffee punch card, you can earn hotel stays, plane tickets, and more. As you book your flights and stays, you accumulate points that will eventually be exchanged for freebies and discounts.

Credit card companies, like Capital One, also provide a reward program that offers travel perks.

3) Book At The Right Time

If you travel infrequently, you may be surprised to find out that when you make reservations plays a significant role in how much it costs.

The rates will rise as your travel date approaches because demand will increase.

The ideal time to book a flight or hotel is about 2-3 months in advance. However, you don't want to book too early; otherwise, the prices will not have been discounted yet. The 2-3 month mark is when discounts start to appear because the airlines begin to worry that the seats will remain empty and they will lose the potential profit.

Additionally, it is a good idea to book off-season trips and avoid timeframes around the holidays.

4) Use A Travel Agent

Travel agents have access to deals that the general public does not, which is why their services are highly recommended for both small and large trips.

An agent will ask you about your budget, destination, travel dates, and activities and then use the information to plan the entire trip. Depending on when you start planning with an agent, you could save upwards of %50 throughout the process.

You don't have to worry about spending money on hiring an agent because although some companies charge a small fee for their services, it is much more common to find travel agencies that are completely free.

5) Check Various Sites And Apps

Although travel agents offer exclusive deals, you can also find many discounts online.

For example, Airbnb is a great place to find affordable homes and cabins for rent in your area. The Hoteltonight app offers last-minute accommodations at a heavily discounted rate because of cancellations or simply because the room was never reserved.

If you feel like taking a spontaneous trip, you can use the "travel anywhere" feature on Momondo.com to find the cheapest flights to random places in the country. I have seen flights as cheap as fifty dollars while using this feature.

6) Corporate Discounts

If you are a business traveler that is not taking advantage of corporate discounts, you are truly missing out on some fantastic deals that may be available.

Many airlines, hotels, car rental companies, and even restaurants gladly offer deep discounts to corporate travelers because it guarantees multiple bookings and helps build a rapport with companies that will likely need travel accommodations again in the future.

You can get corporate rates and discounts by negotiating deals, using the right booking platform, and more.

7) Student Discounts

If you are a student, you are in luck because many airlines offer discounts of about %20 to those in school or under the age of 26.

However, this information is not typically posted on their website and can be challenging to find, so it is best to call the airline directly as you're looking for flights. Calling around may sound like a ton of work, but it is worth it, especially when that 20% is going towards flights that are hundreds of dollars.