Life and Religion
|Save money with winter travel deals|
|Does the cold weather have you in the mood to get away?|
|Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:30 am|
Whether you want a break from the cold or need to get away after a hectic holiday season, a winter vacation can be a welcome respite. And with the right approach, you can make your winter getaway one that won’t break the bank.
Winter can also be the most cost-effective time of year to book a vacation. All it takes is a little planning. Here are a few strategic booking tactics to help you get a great deal on your winter getaway.
1. Book early.
Whether you’re booking flights, hotels or rental cars, the general rule is the earlier you book, the better price you’ll get. You’ll also have a better selection available in terms of seat locations, flight times and accommodations. Use travel sites to set alerts about the locations of your choice. If you find a deal, don’t hesitate to secure a booking as the best travel deals sell out quickly.
2. Remember loyalty pays.
Frequent stays at one lodging chain can help you score perks, upgrades and deals. The same goes for airlines. If you have to travel for work or other reasons throughout the year, accumulating points and frequent flyer miles through loyalty programs can help you save on vacations.
3. Make yourself at home.
Consider staying in privately owned homes and apartments through websites like vrbo.com that list thousands of houses, cabins and condominiums available throughout the world. With this option, you can find unique lodging at rates that are competitive and often less expensive than traditional hotel options.
4. Take an early spring break.
Cruises and vacations to popular spring break destinations are often more affordable and less crowded during the first three months of the year. Choosing an all-inclusive option is a nice way to set and stick to a budget at the beginning of your trip. Since all the essentials are already covered, it can be an easy way to avoid overspending.
5. Explore package deals.
If you know you’ll be purchasing flights, lodging and a rental car, look into bundling all of them in one package. Bundling can save you money and simplify your booking.
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