Never pay full price on travel again! To help you plan your next family vacation, I’m sharing my favorite money-saving sites and tips to save money on airfare, hotel, and transportation.
Discount Travel Deals
Get ready to start planning that next big family vacation. Below you’ll find discount travel deals on flights, car rentals, hotels, cruises, vacation packages, foreign language study tools, tours, and travel-related gadgets.
Best Days to Book Airline Tickets
To get the best price, be sure to search using an incognito or private window. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are routinely the best days to book airline tickets. I have found prices to be $70-$100 cheaper than when searching/booking on weekends. Another tip is to book at least 30 days out for the best price.
Dollar Flight Club – Travel more and spend less with DFC. Members receive deeply discounted international and domestic flights ($500+ average savings) in their inbox. I’ve seen deals like Denver to Beijing for $333 and LAX to Dublin for $255 round trip. The premium membership has a FREE 7 day Trial and 30 day money back guarantee. If you want to discover Business/First Class flights at slightly over economy prices, use coupon code DFCbusiness50 to get 50% off Premium Plus.
FLIGHTHUB – Lesser known search site that allows you to fund the best prices
Scott’s Cheap Flights – Offering both a free and premium version, Scott’s sends subscribers flight deals directly to your inbox. Select your departure city, wait for deals, and then book using Google Flights or directly through the airline. This is similar to DFC without having to buy a membership. Note: The deal alerts are better with both paid versions.
Delta Air Lines Flight Deals – Special fares and frequent-flyer offers from numerous U.S. cities to destinations in Europe and Australia. This link also has a tutorial on how to find great flight deals in Skyscanner
Google Flights – This is my starting point whenever I’m looking to travel with no specific destination in mind. If you are flexible with your destination (i.e., anywhere but home), this is a great way to start researching where to go. Note: ALWAYS search in a private browser so you get the best deal!
AirTreks – This company is go-to site for round-the-world (RTW) and multi-leg airline tickets. They offer very good deals online. But, if you have questions about round-the-world tickets, it’s best to call and get a quote. Their knowledge is unmatched anywhere.
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Cruise, RV, & Vacation Deals
Bahamas Paradise Cruise – the only provider of two-night cruises to Grand Bahama Island and Nassau. Their cruises give travelers a better way to getaway with wonderful onboard dining, recreation, and entertainment while sailing to paradise, including expansive sun decks with swimming pools, al fresco restaurants, full-service spas, interactive kids’ programs, and award-winning nightly shows. The cruise line also offers a unique Cruise & Stay Program that allows guests to extend their stay in paradise at one of several distinct beach resort and hotel options on Nassau or Grand Bahama Island.
Black Friday through Cyber Monday – Bahamas Paradise Cruise line is offering a buy one, get one free discount, with prices starting at $69 per person* for inside cabins, on sailings through February 13th, 2020. All bookings will also include the option to buy five drinks and get five free.
Glamping Hub – When you want accommodations beyond the ordinary with outdoor access, you come to Glamping Hub. The site specializes in luxury glamping from cabins and yurts to treehouses and on the water bungalows. Gift cards make our list of the best gifts for hikers and campers.
Black Friday through Cyber Monday – Use coupon code GHCYBERWEEK40 during Cyber Week to get $40 off your booking of $200 or more. Plus for every gift card purchased 11/28-12/4 in the Gift Card Portal, an additional 20% will be added onto the gift card. Gift cards are good for one year.
JUCY RV – These converted minivans give you the freedom to experience the great outdoors minus the typical hassle and expense of camping. JUCY offers many of the cool features of a larger RV, but they are easier to drive and don’t guzzle gas. They sleep four people on two double beds and come equipped with a solar-powered refrigerator, two gas stoves, and a sink. Use coupon code JUCYBLACK to save 50% off.
RV RENTALS WITH OUTDOORSY – Find any type of recreational vehicle from a tent camper to a fifth wheel with Outdoorsy. You can find an RV in an area you are in and take it with you or have it set up at the location of your choosing. Perfect way to try out RVing without buying one.
SOUTHWEST VACATIONS –Book a flight + hotel package to any destination they offer & save up to $250. Use code SAVE125DOM for U.S. & SAVE250INT for international
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Tour & Ticket Deals
CITYPASS – A simple way to vacation in North America’s most popular destinations and save money on popular attractions. Save up to 50% on combined prices for admission to must-see attractions! Shop Now at CityPASS.com!
SIGHTSEEING PASS – Save big on the best attractions with the Sightseeing pass. Choose from cities like New Orleans, Nashville, Los Angeles, Orlando, Washington D.C., and more. Get 50% off Child Passes (max 1 Child Pass per 1 Adult Pass).
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Airbnb – Homestays are a great accommodation alternative for families. Airbnb connects you with homeowners who rent out their homes, apartments, or rooms in the destinations you want to visit. You’ll get all the comforts of home, the chance to stay in a local, non-touristy location, and pay a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. If you are new to Airbnb, join using the link above and you’ll get $40 off your first homestay/rental.
Booking.com – One stop for lodging ranging from hotels and homes to unique outdoor destinations and hostels. Their site allows to pinpoint your amenities better than other sites so you get the lodging you want every time. Plus Booking.com guarantees the best prices for any type of property and no booking fees.
Black Friday to Cyber Monday – Save up to 40% off select stays worldwide.
TRIPADVISOR is a favorite resource for trip planning, comparison tool, and reviews. I like to use them to narrow down where I want to go. Save up to 30% on your next hotel stay!
More Black Friday to Cyber Week Deals on Lodging
- ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS – 5 Days of Deals! One Deal A Day From Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday can be found here. For travel thru November 30, 2020. Blackout dates may apply.
- HOTELS.COM – Save up to 60% on select hotels. Book by 12/2/2019. Travel by 3/31/2020. Book here.
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GO Airport Shuttle is an economical, safe and friendly way to get to and from the airport for domestic and international destinations. GO Airport Shuttle – 20% Off Rides with Discount Code on Select International Destinations.
AirportParking.com – Get $5 off your reservation withCoupon Code HELPER5. Now through 12/31.
- Allianz Travel Insurance – I have been buying an annual travel insurance from Allianz for several years. They have great customer service, competitive prices, and in-depth coverage.
- Babbel – Our preferred foreign language learning platform. Babbel makes it easy to learn any language at your pace. Black Friday Sale! Save 50% on your 1-year purchase of all languages!
- Exclusive deals at Jane.com Save up to 65% off Popular women’s clothing, kid’s clothing, and more! Shop today!
- JanSport Backpacks make great personal items/carry-ons. Get up to 30% Off!
- Moon Guides – Everyone has their own guidebook preference. Moon Guides is mine. I like the layout and size of each book. Written by a local resident or visitor, each book is filled with more than just researched facts. Each contains hidden gems and tips that other locals know.