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Ways to Save on Family Getaways

Brought to you by: The Frugal Buzz On June 22, 2011 No Comments

Save Money on Off Season Family Getaways

Planning a family vacation is very exciting; however, traveling as a family can quickly become expensive. There is a solution – traveling in the off season. Traveling in the off season offers many benefits, including lower prices. Instead of packing your bags and heading out of town during the popular travel months, hold out for the off season and watch your savings accumulate.

Lower prices are one of the main reasons that families travel in the off season. The weather in the tropical areas will still be warm and sunny, but there will be fewer tourists. When there are fewer tourists, businesses such as hotels and restaurants do not feel the need to escalate prices, meaning lower prices for lodging and some attractions as well as restaurants.

Lodging is known to be cheaper in the off season, even on beach resorts. You can save money by booking weekday trips instead of weekend trips, when rates are likely to be higher. Also, consider visiting a tourist center in the area in which you are vacationing. Most tourist centers have free brochures and coupon booklets in the lobby area. You can save even more money on lodging and meals by utilizing these coupons.

Travel agents and bargain websites look to make money even in the off season of traveling. To do so, they lower prices and offer more competitive deals than they would in the popular travel months of the summer. Some popular travel deals for families include the option of small children traveling for free. Most airlines do not charge for children under the age of two. If you have small children in your family, you may qualify for this deal and thus eliminate unnecessary airfare expense.

If you are traveling locally, using your own car will benefit you more than renting one so unless your car is unreliable, avoid renting cars. If it is necessary to rent a car, keep in mind that rentals during the week are cheaper than weekend rentals, especially in the off season. You can save even more on your car rental if you book through a bargain website such as Expedia or Priceline. Select the lowest model car you need for your family to be comfortable.

Traveling off season is a great way to save money on family vacations. Not only will you have more money in your wallet, but fewer tourists will be around, affording you more time to enjoy your activities.

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Ways to Save on Thanksgiving Travel

Brought to you by: The Frugal Buzz On November 1, 2010 No Comments

You definitely want to read this if you are planning to travel over Thanksgiving and want to save money.

Traveling for Thanksgiving can be an expensive ordeal, especially if you make last-minute plans. Whether you are flying or driving, take the following frugal travel tips into consideration before making your travel plans.

When flying for the Thanksgiving holiday, it is always a good idea to book your trips in advance. Buying your tickets in advance helps you to save money because airlines typically raise the prices of tickets as the flight fills up.

To further save money on airline travel, avoid traveling on peak days. During the holidays, this is typically the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after as everyone is heading home. Instead, try flying out two days prior to Thanksgiving or if not possible, even on Thanksgiving Day.

Not too many people will fly on Thanksgiving Day as they are already at their destinations. Book your return home flight for the following Monday or Tuesday as opposed to Sunday, which will be the busiest day for people to fly home.

Book your tickets well in advance and keep in mind that children under two normally fly free. Knowing this in advance can help to keep you from purchasing another airline ticket unnecessarily.

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Save Money on Holiday Travel

Brought to you by: The Frugal Buzz On October 8, 2010 2 Comments

Fall is really in the air where I live and I am loving it.  The humidity is gone, the air smells fresh and the days are still long and sunny.  When fall arrives, I begin thinking of holiday travel and finding the best buys on flights, hotels, etc.  Today’s post will help you figure out what you need to know about comparison websites.

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Comparison websites seem to be a great deal at the first glance. However, before you book your trip with one of these comparison sites, be aware of hidden travel costs. Booking your trip with a comparison website could lead to higher costs if you are not careful.

There are many comparison websites to visit and book your trip that promise a discount on the services you purchase. However, not all of these services are free and many include a hidden fee that the website will charge for booking your trip. For example, if you book a flight only, you may be better off purchasing the airline ticket directly from the airline. Do a comparison cost first between the airline directly and the comparison website. Most often, the comparison website price is up to $20 higher because of a booking fee.

Hotels will use comparison websites to publish rooms that are still available. Hotels are designed to turn a profit and will turn to outside companies to book them to capacity. This may sound like a great deal, but keep in mind that there is usually a booking charge that is hidden in the cost of the hotel room. If you find a deal on a hotel with a comparison website, first try calling the hotel to get a rate quote over the phone. You may find that booking directly through the hotel is cheaper than booking online.

Booking tickets for an event through an online comparison website normally increases the costs per ticket instead of decreasing it. Online websites charge a convenience fee that is hidden in the cost of the ticket. Many different ticket prices have been compared online, with the result often being that going through a comparison website is a great way to lose money, not save it. The websites make money off of the referral and purchase and they make that money from you, not the event holder.

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