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 Autoslash.com. 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, Expedia.com 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 Skiplagged.com or Skyscanner.com, 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.