I love traveling but traveling can be quite expensive, especially when you go overseas! Over the years, I have tried to figure out ways to save money on getting to my destination, so I can just enjoy being there!
I am going to share with y’all what has worked for me in the past, but feel free to leave your favorite travel tips in the comment section so we can all travel more for less 😉
1 - Create alert(s) on Google Flights
If you have a gmail email address, be sure to always begin by looking at Google Flights.
All you have to do is log into your Gmail account, then type in Google Flights on Google, and you will see the window as shown below. (It is important to log into your gmail first so you can create alerts that will be sent directly to your email when prices go up or down for a particular flight.
- Type in your destination, select your dates and hit the Search button.
- Play with your dates using the Date grid or the Price graph. This will help you find the best combination of departure & return for the lowest price.
- You can also click on the nearby airport icon to figure out if it’s cheaper to land at a different airport.
- Important – Be sure to turn on the button “track prices” so Google can send you emails when the price increases or decreases. I was able to get a flight to France for as low as $600 thanks to a Google alert!
- Lastly – you can always check the status of your tracked flights when you are on the Google flights page -> main menu -> tracked flights prices.
2 - Book a Flight + Hotel package on Travelocity.com
Last May, I was desperate to find an affordable flight to attend one of my best friend’s wedding in France. I had spent hours looking for a flight and just couldn’t find anything at a decent price until I did the Flight + Hotel combo on Travelocity.com. I actually needed a hotel room for one night, so I tried it out and y’all… it saved me over $600!
So when I was looking for flights to go to France this summer, I tried the same tactic and…it worked again! I was able to book a flight from Jackson, MS to Geneva, CH (that’s where my dad lives) + 1 night hotel room for $800. This is still expensive but everything that I had found before was around $1,300 just for the flight, so I was able to save $500 plus get a 1 night stay in downtown Geneva.
I have tried other sites such as Expedia, but so far Travelocity has had the best deals for my travel.
PS: Be sure to click the box “I only need a hotel for part of my stay” so you can just get a hotel room for one night. I’ve only done it with a one night stay because it seems the save me the most money.
PS2: I would suggest doing your research when it comes to the hotel part. Some of the hotels included in the deal are awesome and some aren’t, so be sure to check out reviews on other websites to get the best room at the best hotel.
3 - Download the Hopper app
This app is similar to Google Flights. It is very user-friendly and will help you figure out the best times to travel as well as, sending you notifications when it is time to book.
Pros about this app:
-Free app & Very user-friendly
-Send you notifications when flights go up or down
-Data gathering isn’t always perfect. If you aren’t traveling from a well-known airport, Hopper might not be able to give you good predictions on future flights.
4 - Clean out your history and cookies or search in "Incognito" mode
All of the travel sites use a tracking tool called “cookies” to remember your search history. They might use your browsing history “against you” and increase the price of the flight that you are looking for.
So before doing a new search, be sure to clean out your cookies or use an incognito window.
5 - Look into getting a new credit card
This is not a subject that people like to talk about a lot since it involves finances. But getting a new credit card that has a rewards/cash back program that fits my needs has helped me a lot when it comes to domestic flights, so I am sharing my experience with y’all 🙂
My husband and I got the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card in March and got round-trip flights to Savannah, GA for $80 total.
Here are the details:
-You earn 60,000 miles when you make $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
-$50 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
-First checked bag free for you and up to 8 travel companions, plus Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding on Delta flights.
-$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
If you would like to try it out, please use my referral link here.
I understand that this isn’t for everyone but since most flights out of Jackson, MS are operated by Delta Airlines, it made sense for me to get this card. The free checked bags more than cover the $95 annual fee. There are some other credit cards out there that are better if you are not always traveling with the same company. I would suggest to do your research to see which credit card is the best fit for you