Save time and money while packing your bags for the upcoming holiday travels by scheduling last-minute trips, finding reasonable flights and still remaining in the green for 2014. Holiday deals and discounts on travel are out there and we’ll share those with you as we invite you to spend 8 Crazy Nights of savings with us…
First Night. Be money conscious. Instead of paying for the $800 Las Vegas flight from New York (going on right now), boasting airline fee’s to an increased 60 percent from summer flights. Instead, according to Kayak, gather friends and family at a near by resort or hotel, stay an extra night or two and still save up to 25 percent on all travel costs. Remember, Christmas and New Year’s Eve costs can increase 33 percent above average rates. average.
Second Night. Be smarter than the airlines. Insider’s tip: airlines update their inventory and prices overnight, Monday and Tuesday mornings tend to show the lowest fares. “You might even consider checking for flights in the middle of the night as airlines continue to re-price tickets until they are sold out,” says David Donner Chait, co-founder of Travefy, a site that helps organize group travel. When searching on Kayak, pay attention to the price-forecasting widget that uses an algorithm to predict fare prices in the next seven days—waiting a few days can save a few hundred dollars. Keep in mind that smaller airports often advertise better deals than metropolis hubs. And a connecting flight can save you over $100, according to Hotwire.
Third Night. Business cities can be fun too! “Choose a destination known for business travel,” Chait suggests. “You’re likely to see lower weekend rates compared to leisure places like Miami and Los Angeles.” In the nation’s capital, Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco D.C. offers 30 percent off to guests who stay Friday through Sunday. Chicago boasts a 60 percent savings with the “Just Chillin’” package for select Hilton properties. “Chicago averages around $59 a night, where NYC is currently averaging $150 a night,” says Pierre-Etienne Chartier, vice president of Hotwire. No wonder the Windy City is routinely a top hotel deal destination for Christmas.
Fourth Night. 1-800-NUMBERS are a headache, but a cheap pain to take once you see how much you’ll be saving, especially when it comes to vacation rentals—which are typically about 20 percent lower than hotels, according to Chait. “Some managers offer discounts for stays booked less than a month before arrival,” says John Dirgo, manager of Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals. “We don’t advertise them, but if someone contacts us and their dates can fill the gap between two existing reservations, we’ll sometimes offer them 20 to 30 percent off the advertised rate.” Another trick: Inquire about new properties. In order to give newcomers a head start, owners might shave off around $50 per night in hopes of a positive review. Dial the call center at Getaroom, a hub to 30,000 hotels, and ask for unpublished rates. You can save an additional 10 to 20 percent off the lowest prices. “By keeping the rates opaque, the representatives are able to negotiate with you,” says Bob Diener, the site’s founder.
Fifth Night Bundle up. Check hotel sites for packaged deals. At Sandos, a resort with properties in Los Cabos, Cancun, and Riviera Maya, you can save as much as 20 percent on air and lodging by booking though their site. (Traveling on December 25 and 31 yields the most savings.) Ski-lovers can save over $850, thanks to complimentary lift tickets for two when staying at Colorado’s Park Hyatt Beaver Creek for four nights. Don’t forget to browse the tourism site for your destination for additional savings. If you’re heading to Utah, VisitSaltLake offers a Super Pass to four ski resorts, saving you 20 percent on lift tickets and ski rentals, as well as free transportation.
Sixth Night. Road trip with friends and family. Holiday airfare is up 24 percent during Christmas and up 21 percent on New Year’s Eve, according to Kayak. Go to BeFrugal and play with the Fly or Drive Calculator. By inputting specifics like destination, number of passengers, and your car’s model, the program compares total driving costs—including potential lodging—to current airfare prices. Next, browse Roomer for last-minute accommodation. This StubHub-like site for hotel rooms offers incredible deals on canceled bookings to coveted holiday getaways such as Aspen. “Since most ski packages are typically nonrefundable, you can score a room that’s about 47 percent cheaper than the listed price,” says Richie Karaburun, managing director of Roomer.
Seventh Night. Stick together. Don’t go deal hunting alone. Use CarryOn, an online travel agency that’s sort of like Pinterest meets Groupon. It works by generating deals based on the popularity of your dream trip. Say you want to unwrap presents on a beach in Cancun. After creating an itinerary on the site, share it—as other CarryOn members follow your trip, you’ll see the price drop. “You can see a $20 to $40 savings thanks to just a few additional followers,” says Adam Malcom, president of CarryOn.
Eighth Night. Start saving for 2014 by booking your vacations early, “If you can extend your holidays, book a getaway in early January,” recommends Arabella Bowen, Editor in Chief at Fodor’s Travel. “The weeks before Martin Luther King weekend—January 18-20—can be a real sweet spot for deals. You can find amazing discounts as high as 50 to 75 percent off peak holiday prices.” So instead of going bankrupt on a Caribbean vacation between Christmas and New Year’s, wait until the first week of January to snorkel. Take Capella Marigot Bay in St. Lucia, for instance: Booking between December 20 and January 5 will cost you a minimum of $2,250 for 5 nights, but if you wait until January 6, you’ll soak in paradise for $239 per night, all-inclusive. The math speaks for itself.
Please feel free to share with us which crazy night you chose for your holiday vacation and how you saved during this time of year! Happy Holidays from Unlock Your Wealth Radio!
Original article courtesy of www.menshealth.com.