Christmas time is nearly upon us, and what better way to celebrate the Holidays than by taking a fantastic trip with your loved ones. Travel agencies are well aware of this fact, and they tend to bump up the prices for this time of year. Luckily, there are several ways in which you can save up big bucks and enjoy in the Holiday season as well.
Travel during an off-peak day
What are the off-peak days exactly? Well, most people that travel during the holidays do so on a specific day, usually two days ahead of Christmas or New Year’s Eve. If you move that one day ahead of schedule, you’re more than likely going to avoid major crowds. Still, that’s not the only advantage you’re gonna see. This one extra day can save you a ton of money when it comes to airport fees. In case you’re traveling with a big group, the cost savings can be fantastic. Similarly, you might want to book your return on an off-peak day as well, and maximize your savings.
Experience the first-class life
Economy seats are always the cheapest one, and there’s no going around it, but have you ever wondered what it’d be like to travel first-class? Now might be the ideal time to do so. Business-class and first-class seats aren’t in high demand during the Holidays, and airlines often drop the prices during these days. With 20-40% discounts, there are some sweet deals to be made, so treat yourself with some high class seats, if you can. This especially pays off in case you're traveling long distances.
Do you mind the cold?
We all like sunny beaches and surfing, but what about heading in a totally opposite direction? If you aren’t affected by the colder climates, and you like skiing and other alpine recreations, this might be the way to go. While everyone is trying to get to the southern climates, there are some terrific deals to be made in many winter resorts. You don’t even have to be an avid skier to appreciate this move. Pack on a lot of warm clothes and sit down in some of the cafes over a glass of hot chocolate. Trust me, this can be especially great if you’re taking a trip with your romantic partner.
Don’t be scared of the one way tickets
It’s common knowledge that you can save a ton of money if you buy return tickets with the same airline, right? Not exactly. You see, that works out almost every time, but if you have enough time to explore all of your options, you’ll see that there are some loopholes here. Budget travelers figured out that you can sometimes save plenty of money by buying two one-way tickets with different airlines, and bundling the two into one neat package. This move is known as the “hacker fares“, and there are many online websites specifically dealing with these schemes. Would you be willing to explore all of your options?
Look out for those email alerts
Airlines, as well as resorts oftentimes have this service in place. If you subscribe to their Email list, you’ll quickly get notifications regarding last minute deals or available discounts. Naturally, not all people check their emails every couple of minutes, but if you’re in a rush, this can be a life saver. Believe me, there are plenty of insane deals to be made, but you need to keep an ear to the ground at all time. On a serious note, these deals never last a long time, so narrow down your list of preferred destinations, set up a desired budget and react as quickly as possible. Don’t be mad at yourself if you miss out on a great deal, chances are the next one will be waiting right around the corner. Whatever the case may be, we wish you the best of luck!