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Do you have any tips for saving on family vacations?

Posted by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM
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How to Save When Booking Your Winter Family Vacation

by The Stir Bloggers

save moneyWe know, you’re just getting the kids back to school and you refuse to admit that summer is nearing its end. But now is the time families are booking their November and December holiday trips, believe it or not.

If you want your trips to see loved ones filled with ho, ho, ho laughter and not "harrumph, there’s no money left for presents" tears, you should probably keep reading.

See, there’s a science to finding the best air fares. Mark Drusch, CheapOair’s chief supplier relations officer, says Monday or Tuesday morning, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. ET, is the best time to find cheaper flights, because airlines have updated their inventories overnight.

Some more tips:

  1. If you’re booking a trip for four, be sure to search for individual or two seat pairings, as well."There might only be two seats left at the cheaper price," Drusch says, "but if you search for four seats, you’ll only get the higher price. So, there’s a chance you could at least get two of your flights for less. It means more work, but it can add up to a lot of savings."
  2. Use comparison sites. "You can compare everything across the board immediately," he says, adding that agents are always available to help you across all the airlines -- not just one.
  3. Sign up your children for frequent flier programs. "If your kids fly at least once a year on the same airline, your kids' miles will continue to be active and grow," Drusch says. "And it costs you nothing."
  4. Looking to save on airline baggage fees? Consider getting an airline-affiliated credit card. "With the bigger carriers --United, Delta, etc. -- if you have their credit card you usually get one bag free," Drusch says, adding that other airlines will make you pay for checked bags regardless.

Do you have any tips for saving on family vacations?

by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM
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matreshka
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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Getting an efficiency where you can cook meals instead of eating out all the time.

matreshka
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Taking a few local day trips instead of a big trip far away.

p608319chef
by Member on Sep. 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM
Go to the information office. They just about always have books of coupons for all the local food and activities.
kimber2465
by Member on Sep. 3, 2013 at 9:51 AM

we tend to a place where we can fix a few meals.  contact the visitor bureau and have them send the books to the house before we go,so we can plan

rmp
by Bronze Member on Sep. 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Bring your crockpot , plastic plates and utensils. Breakfast is free at most  hotels. Be sure you have each kid grab a fruit at breakfast to eat later as a  snack while at museum or zoo.  Bring your electric griddle to make hamburgers or chicken fajitas with tortillas. You will save so much buying food at local walmart and take to hotel set the crockpot in the morning on low. Take an ice chest with deli meats juices, waters, and rolls or loaf of   sandwich bread to cover lunch. Treats would be potato chips for lunch, cookies for dessert. Crockpot meal or griddle meal for dinner and even get a pie or cake from walmart bakery for dessert and eat while you watch fun shows on cable tv in hotel room.  Also one lady suggested a real cool thing---- chicken legs in bbq sauce in crock pot, potatoes wrapped in foil on top of that --yes layering food in crockpot. I tried it and it was good!!!! We even tried prock chops in crockpot with can of mushroom soup and a bag of rice pilaf that is already cooked you just microwave and dinner rolls --it was yummy!!!!!!! 

Debmomto2girls
by Bronze Member on Sep. 3, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Most of our trips are camping trips. We bring games and we rarely eat out. When we are ot camping, we get hotels with small kitchens in order to eat some meals at the hotel.

AzariahsMother
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Thanks for the tips.
AzariahsMother
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM
I say don't do them... Lol!! Just kidding.
AzariahsMother
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Planning ahead helps for sure.
AzariahsMother
by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 12:14 PM
My boss told me the other day before booking air clear out cookies for best prices. Not sure if that was true or not. Never tried.
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