15 ways to save on your next vacation

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It’s that time of year again. Many of us are gearing up to take a summer vacation. Whether your vacation budget is big or small, there’s no need to spend more than necessary when traveling. Below are some tips that can help you save on your next trip.

Air travel

  • Pick your travel times wisely. Popular wisdom holds that Tuesday and Wednesday are the least expensive days to travel, but this isn’t necessary the case in all markets or at all times of the year. Search for airfares within two or three days of your ideal departure date and consider off-peak flight times.
  • Search for flights at more than one airport. If you’re willing to depart from any airport near you or arrive at any airport relatively close to your destination, you’ll have a better chance of snagging a lower-cost flight.
  • Sign up for fare alerts. Online travel agencies, travel websites and airlines can notify you when airfare hits a low price point or drops by a certain percentage.
  • Compare baggage charges. Don’t settle on a fare before seeing how much extra you’ll have to pay to check your luggage.
  • Save on parking. At many airports you have the option of parking in an economy lot. At larger airports, you may be able to save even more by parking offsite in a private lot.

Lodging

  • Check hotel websites. Many list their rate calendars on their reservations page.
  • Look for freebies. Does the hotel offer complimentary transportation to the airport, restaurants, or local attractions? Does the rate include breakfast?
  • Share amenities. Love the amenities at a luxury resort but not the price tag? Book a room at a lower-priced hotel that allows you to use the facilities of a higher-priced sister property.
  • Watch out for taxes. Though you can’t avoid them, lodging taxes vary by location and are based on the room rate. Save on taxes by booking a lower rate or by choosing a property located just outside the city.
  • Compare extra person charges. Hotel chains often allow up to two adults and two children to stay in one room for the same rate, but policies vary.

Rental cars

  • Look for coupon codes or discounts through your road and travel plan, insurance company or credit card issuer.
  • Choose the vehicle class that offers the best value. Smaller cars are often less expensive, but not always. Although you can’t count on getting one, it never hurts to ask for a free upgrade at the rental counter.
  • Pay attention to fuel costs. If you’re planning to drive long distances, make sure the rental car has good fuel economy.
  • Consider insurance before you get to the rental counter. Avoid buying duplicate coverage by checking with your insurer to see how your policy covers you in a rental vehicle. Some credit card companies also offer insurance protection for rentals.
  • Compare extra driver fees. You may pay a surcharge if you add an extra driver. Fees and terms vary by company and location.
 Prepared by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. Copyright 2016.

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