There are many great ways to save time and money when booking your upcoming spring and summer vacation. Using modern technological tools like travel apps and services can have a great impact on your savings, both time and money.
Save $ on Flights
Track your flights using time and money saving apps like Hopper. Hopper will notify you when your ideal flights go up and down in price and when the best time to book them is. They recently added a feature on their app called Fair Bear, which figures out your true cost of flying. Fair Bear will give you a heads up about all the fees and restrictions that are hidden in your fare rules so you’ll know exactly how much to expect to pay for things like flight cancellations or changes, carry-on baggage, checked baggage, and seat selection.
Keep Track of Points and Miles
Sign up for a travel rewards tracking service like Award Wallet, which tracks your miles and points from 700 different loyalty programs. It keeps you up to date on the status of your points and miles, tells you what your balances are and when they expire, so that you use them and not lose them, potentially saving you money on your next trip. If you’re not sure how to best use those points and miles, AwardWallet has experts on staff that can help you redeem your miles, just like a travel agent would help you book your dream vacation, so you maximize potential savings on your next trip.
Save Time on Transport
Uber, the popular ride hailing app has great time and money saving features. A pro tip for budget-friendly travelers who are splitting an Uber ride with a friend or family member is using the “Split your Fare” feature, which only take a few taps of your smartphone. Once you’ve requested a ride, tap the arrow icon next to your driver’s info, select “Split Fare,” choose your friends, and tap. Uber also offers the option to schedule a ride in advance, which means that travelers can schedule a pickup anywhere between 30 days to 30 minutes in advance. This comes in handy especially before an early morning flight. Scheduled Rides are available in more than 300 cities across the world.
Pick Smart Destinations
Look at destinations that have something for everyone and are easily accessible from the USA (you can fly directly into Cancun from most major cities.) The Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa Del Carmen mexico provides a unique beach front experience for the family, with 4 pools, 2 restaurants and gorgeous palapa style tropical bungalows. Despite being located in the Playa Del Carmen with many dining options, the resort offers a half board option that includes breakfast and either lunch of dinner daily at one of their authentic, farm to table style on site restaurants. Highlights include the ‘catch of the day’ where guests can experience fresh caught local fish directly from the ocean out front. Right now use promo code ‘play’ to get in on their ‘play your way’ package, where starting at $319 per night you get customizable activities and components (like cooking lessons for the family) included in your stay!