Best Travel Deals in This Bad Economy

What can be good about this bad economy? You can find some incredible travel deals! Companies are having trouble and will fight for your travel business. That means they are willing to offer great deals making this one of the best times to travel.

Negotiate

Even if you don’t usually negotiate, it never hurts to ask. Prices listed on websites and brochures aren’t always the best prices available. Ask if there is a better price or an upgrade. You might not get a lower price but you could negotiate a free upgrade. The more eager a company is to sell out, the more willing they will be to negotiate.

Do you have something to trade? Some companies will work on trade so if you have a product or service they want, you might be able to trade it for their product or service.

Travel Discounts

No matter where you go, ask about discounts! Restaurants, hotels, car rentals, even activity desks offer regular discounts. Sometimes companies post the discounts they accept but not always. If you have a group or family, ask about a group rate. Ask about student, senior and military discounts. Mention whatever membership that you have. A company may work with you and give you something just because you asked.

Also, check with the concierge and front desk of your hotel or hostel. Concierges and front desk staff work with restaurants, spas and activity desks all the time and can often get you a discount.

Airline Deals

Sometimes the airfare is the most expensive part of your vacation so saving money here is great. You don’t have to buy a round trip ticket from the same the airline. With so many online travel sites, sometimes mixing and matching can save you money. One airline may have a better deal or schedule going and another airline has the better deal or schedule coming home.

Hotel Deals

You have many hotel options from expensive resorts to budget hotels. Sometimes you get the best deals by calling the hotel directly. Sometimes the best deals are online. Take the time to look around. Pay attention to what’s included in the rate. For just a little bit more, you may be able to get free breakfast or free Internet access or other perks.