Save money on family travel this summer
Family travel – This year, plan your dream vacation without breaking the bank. Here Jessica Moorhouse, a personal finance expert, shares simple tips to help make your holiday easier and less expensive.
Head south. May to November is considered the off season for many southern destinations like the Caribbean and Mexico, but you may still experience great weather and plenty of beach time. Take advantage of this and enjoy luxury resorts. Additionally, try to be as flexible as possible when selecting departure dates and times. Sometimes a day or even a few hours can make a difference in the price of a flight. The money you save can go towards fun activities, a special meal out or other travel expenses.
Rack up rewards. With so many rewards cards available, it’s hard to determine which one will get you the most for every dollar you spend. “Make sure you’re using a credit card that works as hard as you do,” suggests Moorhouse. “A card like the President’s Choice Financial World Elite Mastercard lets you earn PC Optimum points on every vacation. And when you use your card on their travel website, you’ll become a pro at finding deals while racking up points that can be redeemed for all your trip essentials, like clothing and toiletries, at participating stores.”
Look for city tourism cards. These cards can offer free entry to top attractions, discounts at restaurants and shops, line bypass at busy sites, free public transportation, and guidebooks. Look into the perks offered by your destination’s city tourism card and consider purchasing one to help save on other activities on your itinerary.
Don’t eat your cash away. Consider how to save on food when booking your accommodations. If you’re travelling to an all-inclusive destination, avoid additional spending by eating at the resort as much as possible. If food isn’t included with your accommodations, consider booking a room with a kitchenette to save on meals by cooking them yourself.