How to Book Discount Travel Packages

Three Methods:Travel Package ConsiderationsSearching for Travel PackagesBooking Travel Packages

Booking travel packages is an easy way to take care of almost all of your travel needs at once. They often include airfare, hotel rooms, rental cars and airport transfers. You can even find packages that include excursions and entrances to major attractions. A wide variety of airlines, aggregate travel sites and travel agents now offer travel packages at a discount. Keep in mind that flexibility, research and an open-minded view of your travel arrangements will result in the deepest discounts. There are several guidelines that you can keep in mind to ensure you have a safe, successful trip. Learn how to book discount travel packages.

Method 1
Travel Package Considerations

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    Be flexible. You are more likely to find a deep discount on travel if you are open to a number of dates, locations and flight times. Discuss what is and is not flexible for you and your travel group.
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    Decide which services you would need in your package. A travel package can include airfare and hotels or they can include food, cars and sights. Keep in mind that these should be somewhat negotiable while you are looking for the best deal; however, you should decide what arrangements you are comfortable making yourself.
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    Consider booking an all-inclusive resort vacation. If you have a family or you want a beach vacation, then booking an all-inclusive package may save you money in the long run on food, excursions, flights and hotels. You will be asked to pay more upfront and less while you are on the vacation.
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    Wait until the last minute. Vacation packages are especially valuable for last-minute travel. Online travel sites book their arrangements early, so you may find last minute trips that you can get airfare, hotels and other arrangements for the same price as airfare.
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    Book a travel package with at least 1 other person. Most packages are based on double occupancy, so you will save money by staying in the same hotel room and splitting the cost. Some resorts and family vacations will offer better rates for quadruple occupancy with 2 large beds.

Method 2
Searching for Travel Packages

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    Do an Internet search for your destination and the keywords "packages" and "deals." These are commonly used travel industry keywords.
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    Research travel packages on more than 1 website. Hotwire, Expedia, Travelocity and Kayak all offer a search method that pulls together results from many airlines, resorts, cruises and hotels. Make sure you click the "vacation package" button in the search box.
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    Search for budget travel packages on websites where you reap rewards. If you hold a mileage credit card, you may receive double miles for booking through your airline. United, Delta, Allegiant, Southwest and other airlines offer a vacation package search function.
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    Search for vacation packages that start and end on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons. These days of the week traditionally result in lower airfares.
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    Experiment with adding on services. Look at the bottom of the page to see if you can add airport transfers, a rental car or attractions for less than you would pay when booking separately.

Method 3
Booking Travel Packages

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    Read the fine print. Travel deal sites usually have extensive fine print at the bottom of the page. Make sure that every box you have ticked has been chosen and not populated by the site itself.
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    Read reviews on your hotel before booking. You can go to Trip Advisor's website to read reviews from former customers.
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    Consider adding insurance to your travel package. If there is any risk you will not be able to take your vacation, then adding in travel insurance on Expedia, Hotwire or another site may reduce the risk of losing money. Read the insurance stipulations carefully, so that you know what is covered and what is not.
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    Book a vacation package with your credit card. Booking with a credit card lowers the risk associated with travel businesses going bankrupt. Credit cards often advocate for refunds on purchases that are subject to bankruptcy, but if you book with a debit card, check or with cash, you are not likely to get your money back.
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    Ensure you get credit with a mileage program for your flights. Many travel sites allow you to input your mileage numbers before you book. If they do not, ask the airlines to give you credit at the airport.

Tips

  • Find a computer with a different IP address if your vacation package price recently went up. Some websites are able to track the location of your computer, so they know if you are very interested in booking a package. You may consider doing your research on a public computer at the library or a friend's house.

Warnings

  • Never assume that you know what is included when booking a travel package. Make sure you can list every service you are provided with before you book. Make sure you have a phone number you can call in case there is a problem with 1 of your booked services.

Things You'll Need

  • Mileage program
  • Credit card
  • Insurance
  • Friend or family
  • Trip Advisor reviews


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