With the summer holidays well and truly over and the work to-do list starting to increase, you might be dreaming about your next holiday. Luckily, the Credit Savvy team has a few travel tips for 2017 to help you out.
#1 Start planning well in advance
You’ll give yourself more time to source good deals without the pressure of booking whatever is left. Plus, cheaper flights, seats, hire cars and accommodation are likely to be available the further away the date is.
#2 Search individual airline websites as well as travel comparison websites
When one of our staff was planning her US travels last year, she realised that a large domestic US airline did not list their flights on popular travel comparison websites. By going directly to the airline’s website and checking flights and fees, she ended up saving a small fortune in interstate travel. Long story short – be thorough with your research and don’t rely on one website to have all the answers.
#3 Consider renting an apartment over a hotel
Are you planning on staying somewhere for a longer period of time? Sometimes it pays to check out listings on websites like Airbnb over a hotel – not only could you get more options in terms of price, if you’re able to cook a few meals at home instead of dining out three times a day, you might have more to spend on other things.
#4 Research smaller airports
It’s important to remember that many cities have multiple airports, so a little flexibility with your destination can go a long way. For example, if you’re flying interstate to San Francisco from another location in the US, you might have more fare options if you consider Oakland Airport instead of only checking flights to San Francisco Airport. Just remember to also check ground transport costs to your accommodation as well!
#5 A travel card may be handy
Be mindful of foreign transaction fees if you’re considering paying by card. There are a number of travel credit cards like the Bankwest Zero Platinum MasterCard that offer $0 annual fees and no international transaction fees on overseas purchases (conditions apply). Head to our free comparison tool to compare more credit cards side by side or over to our blog to read: 4 ways to pay for things on your next overseas trip.