It’s almost November, which means that it’s time to start booking your Christmas/holiday travel (if you haven’t already). It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and the crowds, combined with the winter weather, can make the prices go sky high and the availability to be limited. Here are some Christmas travel tips to help you save money and get your ideal vacation planned.
Christmas Travel Tips
Book pet care ASAP
Our kennel gets completed booked over holiday weekends, so I’d recommend that you get that reserved immediately if you need it. Know what the cancellation policies are, and book as many days as you think you’ll need.
Be flexible with dates
Certain days right around the holidays are likely to be more expensive for flights. Consider leaving and arriving a few days earlier/later to get better rates. Sites such as Kayak let you play around easily with dates to find the best rates during the week.
Use coupon codes and cash back sites
Rental car companies publish discount coupons (often available in coupon books like the Entertainment Book) that can result in a great deal. Also consider purchasing through a website like Ebates.com or BeFrugal.com, which offers cash back on purchases made through their sites. You can also use our guide to find the best prices on rental cars.
Discounted rates and rooms are limited in quantity, so by booking in advance, families can often save money. For holiday travel, you really should consider booking NOW – since rates will only go up. You should also check auto clubs and through online sites to get the best prices on attractions – before you leave for vacation.
Get your car serviced
If you are driving for your Christmas holiday vacation, get your car serviced in advance. Even just a tune-up can help you save on gas, and you’ll know that your car is ready for a long drive.
Watch the weather
Depending upon where you live and where you are traveling, weather may be a factor. Keep your eyes on the forecast, and adjust plans as necessary. If you are driving, check out our tips for driving in the snow.