Sunday, May 16, 2010

10 Haute Summer Travel Tips!

Staycation was so last year… make this year HAUTE with a getaway designed just for you. If you’re dreaming of getting away for summer don’t let the challenging economy keep you home. Here are my 10 money saving travel tips that will get you out of the house for a memorable vacation. Remember it’s a buyer’s market and deals are plentiful!

Haute Travels Tips:

-Be flexible with travel consider leaving midweek to get the best fares

-Check airline fees after Midnight to capture discounted tickets

-Compare rates for airfare, hotel/resorts and cruise lines on their sites before you go to sites like Travelzoo (compare multiple travel sites at once), Travelocity, Cheap or Hotwire

-Ask the properties for discounts and compare competitor’s rates… become a bargain shopper

-Travel to places where the dollar is strong

-When traveling to Europe in the summer consider renting an apartment to save money

-Travel with friends and share the costs or try house swaps… exchange homes with other travelers

-Cut out airfare and drive to a coastal or mountain area near your home

-When booking high-end properties like the Four Seasons, Park Hyatt or Ritz Carlton compare the value-added extras… spa and meal credits, airport transfers and arrival gifts

-Look for properties offering FREE nights with paid nights to stretch your travel dollar and your length of stay

Bonus Tip: Head to Haute spots like Las Vegas where rooms are going for as little as $20 a night!

Will you travel this summer?