You’re a frequent flier, but are you getting your money’s worth? When you travel by air, you probably like the fact that you’re able to get to your destination a lot faster than driving. The only problem is that flying can get to be expensive. That’s why airlines offer rebates and discounts along with points to help you save money. Sadly, most people never claim any of the rewards they’re entitled to. Do you?
Discounts Direct From Airlines
Airlines have jumped on the bandwagon of offering travel coupons when people fly. It’s a surprising trend. All you have to do is go to your favorite airline’s website, and search for promotional codes. Input the code and the airline discounts your fare. Some airlines even offer a mailing list (email). Sign up, and they’ll send you a newsletter, periodically, with discount codes you can use on your next flight.
The discounts aren’t chintzy either. Some companies, like Air France, have offered $75 off round-trip flights from the U.S. to one of several European countries. Like regular coupons, these airline discount codes come with limitations. You cannot combine them with other offers, and once you use one, it’s deactivated and cannot be used again.
Like airlines, hotels and motels, and even fancy resorts, are getting a little desperate for business. They’ve entered the coupon game as well. Even so, it’s not always easy to spot a good deal. Instead of getting your heart set on a specific place, try to focus more on the type of vacation you’d like to take.
Search Google for hotel discount coupons. You might find that there are a lot of hotels offering coupon codes right where you want to stay. Sometimes, you have to take a hotel that’s just outside of a city you want to visit. If you’re OK with a 15 minute ride to your target destination, you could end up saving bookoo bucks.
If you’re looking for all-inclusive packages, things get tougher, but not impossible. Usually, all-inclusive deals are handled through a travel agent. However, some independent coupon sites offer package deals that will include flights, hotels, and even discounts on rental vehicles.#
Bed-and-breakfast deals are popular for this sort of thing, but you can also find discount codes for fancy resorts – up to 50 percent off, a set dollar amount for the trip, free meals, and even comped hotel stays.
Sometimes, you can even find discount coupons for exotic getaways like Barbados or some obscure tropical island. Other times, you’ll find discount packages for a cruise. With cruise deals, go straight to the cruise line.
Often times, the coupon codes must be used within a certain period of time. For example, if you find a discount code for a tropical island getaway, the stipulation will be that you’ll have to use the code, and buy the package, before a certain month.
Sometimes, the stipulation includes using the package by a certain time too, so be sure to check into those details before you lay out any cash. The last thing you want to do is spend $1,000 on a vacation only to find out it expires before you’re able to get time off from work.
Russell Matthews is a world traveller and avid blogger. You can find his helpful articles mainly on travel and money-saving blog sites.
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