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Whether you’re driv­ing or fly­ing, these strate­gies will help you save on gas, flights, rental cars and more

Get a ho­tel room for less by pick­ing up the phone

The sur­pris­ing se­cret to get­ting the best rate on a room? Book di­rectly with the ho­tel! In an ef­fort to lure trav­el­ers from travel-book­ing web­sites like Trav­e­loc­ity and Ex­pe­dia, ho­tel chains are of­fer­ing lower rates when you go straight to them to re­serve. And for the rock-bot­tom price, skip call­ing the chain’s toll-free num­ber or book­ing on the ho­tel’s web­site, and phone the ho­tel you’re in­ter­ested in di­rectly—the man­ager on duty is au­tho­rized to of­fer even lower dis­counts!

Cut car-rental fees by check­ing this web­site

Com­par­ing prices at all the dif­fer­ent car-rental web­sites can take hours. A bet­ter bet: Book on Au­ When you plug in your travel dates and lo­ca­tion, the web­site will find and ap­ply coupons and dis­counts you may be el­i­gi­ble for to get you the best rate. Even if you’ve al­ready booked your rental on an­other site, you can track it on Au­toslash—if a bet­ter rate pops up, they’ll can­cel your reser­va­tion and book a new one!

Snag flight deals by book­ing on Sun­day

For years, travel pros have cited Tues­day as the best day to buy air­line tick­ets— but not any more! In its lat­est study, Ex­pe­ found Sun­day is the best day to book, with fares up to 38% lower than on Fri­days (the most ex­pen­sive day to buy). To make it easy to find the ab­so­lute low­est price, search on an ag­gre­ga­tor site like or Skyscan­, which com­pile fares from all the air­lines and list them from least ex­pen­sive to most.

Save on gas and food by down­load­ing an app

Sure, driv­ing may be more eco­nom­i­cal than fly­ing— but all those stops for meals and gas can quickly add up ! To the res­cue: free smart­phone apps that can help you save. To pin­point spots to grab a quick snack or meal, down­load the iexit app, which lists up­com­ing rest stops, res­tau­rants and more for the next 100 ex­its, plus alerts you to any res­tau­rants of­fer­ing coupons or deals. And when you need to fill your tank, check out gas prices with the Gasbuddy app. Fuel prices can vary by as much as 30 cents per gal­lon in a par­tic­u­lar area, so choos­ing the right sta­tion can save you as much as $5 per fill-up.

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