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How To Save Money On Travel

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we’re all beginning to make travel plans.  The problem is that travel can be expensive!  Many people avoid air travel due to the high cost but with gas prices continuing to rise, flying may now be an affordable option.  With a little advance planning, there are lots of ways you can save!  Learn about additional ways to save on travel when opening a Crockett Star Account.

Airfare

Be flexible.  One way to drastically lower your flight costs is to be flexible with your travel dates.  Prices can vary by hundreds of dollars depending on the date that you schedule your flight.  Avoid major travel days and use a website like Kayak.com to compare prices on various dates and times.

Email Deals. Many airlines will offer special deals for a short time and share them only with people that are on their mailing list.  Sign up for email deals with carriers like American Airlines on their websites and watch for last minute rates or special offers. 

Book early.  Flight prices tend to go much higher as the date approaches.  To save on  holiday flights, book as early as possible for the best discount.  Waiting until the last minute will cost you a lot! 

Rental Cars

Research in advance.  Rental cars are another area where it is important to do as much online research as possible.  Visit sites like Orbitz, Expedia, CarRentals.com, and Booking Buddy to compare rates on rentals with multiple companies. 

Use your memberships.  Many member organizations offer rental car discounts, you just have to mention them.  Do you belong to AARP, AAA, or Costco?  You can probably get a discount!  Look at all of your credit cards, member organizations, and frequent flier programs to see how you can save the most on a vehicle. 

Compare weekend and weekday rates.  There is typically a huge difference in daily rates depending on the day of the week!  Some companies like Enterprise will offer deals as low as $10 per day on the weekend.  Make sure to consider this in your planning and ask about special rates. 

The key to saving on travel is to do a lot of research and use the internet to your advantage.  Comparison shop, search for discounts, and put your memberships to work for you.  With a little planning you can save hundreds of dollars on your next trip!