Save money on your spring travel plans
(BPT) - The long winter months have everyone itching to get out and do something new. For many Americans, this means planning a much-needed vacation - away from winter, work and school.
With the travel bug in your head, take advantage of these saving tips to make the most out of your vacation:
* Check out any bundling deals on hotels, airfare, car rentals and special tours through travel websites. Booking several options through one package can help you reduce prices. Some airlines have partnerships with car rental companies, which can help save you money. Take the time to research these options thoroughly, and you'll be rewarded with good savings.
* Stock up on travel accessories like baggage, e-readers and of course any clothing items needed to make a fashion statement on your trip. When searching online, use discount sites like Ebates.com
. In addition to coupon codes and discounts on items found on your favorite travel sites, Ebates also offers you cash back on your purchases. For example, if you book your hotel stay at Holiday Inn through Ebates.com, you'll be able to take advantage of coupon savings, and once your purchase is completed, earn 4.5 percent of the total purchase price as cash back. Use those earnings to purchase an extra something special on your trip - like a spa visit or a fun tour.
* If you can travel earlier in March, or later in April or even May, you might find better deals because fewer families are traveling during those times due to school schedules. Or if you have flexibility in the day you travel, you might discover airfares leaving on a Tuesday or Wednesday are a better price than leaving on a Friday or Saturday.
* Use those travel vouchers. If you've accumulated points through an airline or credit card, put those points to use in discounting your travels. One hint - make certain you get the best deal. If your credit card gives you the option of using points for cash back or for airline miles, research which method will get you further.
Now that the travel bug has you wanting to get away for a bit this spring, roll up your sleeves and get started finding coupons, discounts and savings for your travel plans. Just remember to put those savings to good use for fun and enjoyment when you reach your destination.