Tips for planning an affordable vacation
A vacation offers much-needed relaxation and fun, but if you’re not careful, your travel budget can spiral out of control. Thankfully, you can find ways to save in your vacation budget by being smart about flight and hotel discounts, meal costs and more. These easy tips can help you plan an affordable vacation.
When to fly
Save 10–40% flying Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday instead of Friday or Sunday.
Save 5% flying Monday through Thursday instead of Friday through Sunday.
Source: FareCompare, 2016
When to book
You may score deals by booking Tuesday, after airlines release sale prices and competitors match. Just remember, other variables often derail that rule of thumb, so it’s a good idea to comparison shop.
How far in advance you should book usually depends on when you’re traveling and where.
Source: FareCompare, Airfarewatchdog
How to book
Average amount customers saved bundling airfare and hotel rooms.
Source: Expedia, 2015
Signing up for a loyalty program and booking directly with the hotel could save you 10–20% versus an online travel agency.
Once you're there
Seek out free attractions
Parks, national landmarks and beaches can be free (or cheap) activities for you and your family. Your hotel’s pool is also free.
Use the 1-2 rule for meals
For every fine dining experience, plan to have two economical meals.
Plan your next trip
Using a credit card travel rewards program can help your budget, too. Travel rewards cards allow you to earn points you can redeem toward things like flights, hotel rooms or rental cars on your next vacation—though specifics vary by card. Learn more about the Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card.