3 money saving travel tips you can start using now

As someone who has spent a great deal of time in traveling, I’ve learned a lot of travel tips that help make life on the road much more approachable. One of the most important things while traveling is your money. Plane tickets, lodging, and food all cost money so the more you have, the further you can usually go. Learning to stretch your dollar as far as possible will keep you comfortable and make traveling less stressful and more enjoyable.

travel tips to save money

travel tips to save money

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3 money saving travel tips

This travel tip I’m going to show is kind of a multilevel system of how I save money through credit card bonuses, cash back offers, and reward points. I use 3 systems in tandem that make it possible for me to save as much money as I can on my travel arrangements.  

1.  Credit Card Bonuses

First in this list of travel tips is to invest in a good credit card. There are a lot of different cards out there that offer a lot of different bonuses.  This could be in the form of frequent flyer miles, hotel points, bonus points that can be redeemed for various things, or just a simple cash back.  I like the cash back cards because it’s more versatile and I’m not tied down to redeeming my rewards through particular companies.  Sometimes cards will offer different cash back percentages for different categories like gas, groceries, and general purchases.  I use a fidelity 2% cash back american express because it offers 2% cash back on all purchases and has no annual fee.  I found that the airline cards that I would use in the past would give me mileage equivalent to about 1 – 1.5% and an annual fee.  This makes my current card a much better value.

I suggest hitting the ol’ google machine or talking to a financial adviser about what the best credit card for you is.

2.  Cash Back Websites

The next of my travel tips is to sign up for a cash back website.  Cash back websites make money anytime someone makes a purchase using a link on their site.  These websites will then pass on a percentage of the money they made to you.  This encourages people to use the links on the cash back website so they can continue to make money while also providing a service to YOU.  There are various cash back websites out there, but I recommend Mr Rebates as it offers the highest cash back on the travel sites that I use.

Besides just being able to save money on your travel reservations, Mr Rebates also offers cash back on a ton of retailers from a lot of different categories.  I’ve used it to save money on airfare, hotels, hostels, and rental cars, but I also used it to purchase camera equipment, computer hardware, and it can be used for over 2000 stores from all different categories.  Mr Rebates also takes it to the next level by offering coupons for their users to save even more money.

3.  Discount Travel Websites

The third of this series of travel tips is to use discount travel websites.  Most discount travel websites will not only give you the best deals in airfare, lodging, and car rentals, but they will also provide reward points that can redeemed to save money on future trips.  This is the trifecta of travel tips.

These sites are expedia.com, priceline.com, cheapoair.com, kayak.com and there are numerous others out there on the net.  Sometimes it’s cheaper to use these sites, and other times it’s cheaper to use the airlines website directly.  These sites really come in handy when you’re looking for an entire package of airfare, hotel, and rental cars.  I will often use them when I’m traveling for work and need all of these.  When looking for just airfare, it’s sometimes cheaper to book directly with airlines and Mr Rebates will offer cash back through those sites as well.

Lets do a quick example using expedia.com see how much money we can save.

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Expedia.com Newark, NJ to New Delhi India

Here we have a round trip plane ticket from Newark, NJ to New Delhi India. The total price for this ticket is 1,118.47. Using my 2% cashback card will net me $22.37. Since Mr Rebates gives 2%cash back as well, that’s $44.74 in cashback. Expedia also gives 1 point for every $5 spent on airline tickets to give me 223 points to use for future trips.

(If you would like to help me buy this plane ticket to India, check out my crowd funding campaign that I’m using to raise money to get there.)

If you travel as much as I do, these travel tips will allow you to save a lot of money over time.  This can be used to extend your trip a little bit more and make sure your bank account stays in the positive while you’re living a life on the road.  Or, if you work in an environment that constantly has you traveling like I do, you can use this system as an additional way to make money.  Your receipts will still show the full value of everything purchased without any note of the cashback.

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If you have found these travel tips useful, consider sharing them with your social networks.  The world is a small place and is accessible to everyone.  Everyone has the right to travel and it’s not just for the rich.  By taking off some of the edge, we can make travel available to everyone.