With spring break officially over it’s now time to start thinking about summer vacations. My mind immediately jumps to palm trees, 80-degree weather, refreshing drinks, delicious food and good music. I have so many things I want to do this summer, and travel is at the top of my list. I’m talking a weekend getaway in Denver, relaxing on the beach in Mexico, and even jetting off to London.
This all sounds great, but the reality is travel can be complicated, intimidating, frustrating and sometimes expensive—especially as we approach one of the peak travel seasons. As an experienced traveler, I know I need to start planning and budgeting if I’m going to really live it up this summer and not vicariously through Instagram. But what about the wanderlust crew who isn’t too sure where to begin or where to look for great travel deals?
To make life easier, Expedia put together four saving tips that will help make the most of your summer travel this year.
1. Book early
Summer is one of the busiest travel periods, both domestic and international, and prices tend to go up as we get closer to that peak time. Doing your research and getting a head start on booking can make a huge difference in terms of savings for your perfect trip. According to the ARC 2018 Air Travel Outlook Report, booking flights more than 30 days ahead often results in cheaper airfare.
2. Bundle and save
One critical—but often overlooked—method to drive savings is for travelers to simultaneously book their flight, hotel and/or rental car in what’s known as a travel package. Package bookings remain the single easiest way for travelers to save hundreds on travel, both domestically and internationally.
3. Shop as an Expedia Rewards Member
Unlock access to the “members only” experience on over 70,000 hotels and nearly 10,000 activities worldwide every time you sign in before you shop. We’ll recognize you as an Expedia Rewards member and show you exclusive member-only deals and bonus offers as you shop. Plus, you’ll get Unreal Deals—the day’s absolute best package deals leaving from your home airport—with savings as big as 100 percent off flights or hotels.
4. Save 50 Percent Online, 90 Percent In-App During Expedia’s Semi-Annual Sale on April 20
For travelers looking to get a head start and save, be sure to check out the first-ever Expedia Semi-Annual Sale. In addition to deep discounts on hotels, car rentals, cruises and activities, Expedia customers will also have exclusive access to cheap flight packages from Delta Air Lines. The sale kicks off Friday, April 20 at 9:00 a.m. PDT and runs through Monday, April 23. For four days, exclusive coupons and savings will be released and available for a limited time on Expedia.com and on the Expedia app.
Whether you’re a weekend adventurer, a Disney theme park fanatic or just looking to visit your dream travel destinations, these tips will help you have a memorable summer vacation without breaking the bank!
This article was written by Alexis Tiacoh, a PR specialist at Expedia.
What are your summer saving tips and tricks?