This year you've decided to do it: Instead of turkey, you're thinking Turkey—or Hawaii or Vail. You're not alone—lots of people make their holidays even more memorable by taking a luxurious trip to a faraway destination.
But just because you plan to vacation at a high-end destination doesn't mean you can't still be on the lookout for great holiday travel deals. Following are some ways you can get the most from luxury travel this holiday season.
Use alerts.Websites like AirfareWatchDog allow you to register your luxury travel vacation. It will then send you an alert whenever a low airfare to your destination becomes available.
Get the package deal.When it comes to international and luxury travel, it often pays to book your flight, hotel, and even car accommodations together. Sites like Expedia package the deals for you and can offer significant savings on the cost of your trip.
Explore flash sale websites.Flash sale websites such as Jetsetter and TravelZoo specialize in short-term deals (usually only offered for 24-36 hours) that are heavily discounted. Consider following them on social media, where last-minute deals are often announced.
Know when to go.Though bargains can be found year-round, some are better than others. For instance, it will almost always be cheaper to book a hotel in the middle of the week than on the weekend. You can often save money on holiday travel airfare by traveling on the holiday itself, instead of the day before or after. Also consider the
shoulder season—the time between high and low season—when hotel prices will have dropped and crowds will have thinned out.
Choose your credit card wisely.Some credit cards can offer great travel protection. Depending on your card's travel benefits, some credit card companies will intercede on your behalf if there's a problem with a merchant—others offer trip cancellation and interruption protection. And when you return from your trip, you'll have a record of where you went and how much you paid. Plus, some credit cards allow you to earn points towards free or discounted hotel accommodations.
Think about going all-inclusive.Is there anything more relaxing than heading into a vacation knowing that every aspect of your luxury travel has been taken care of? All-inclusive resorts can offer that peace of mind, and they've only improved over the years. Now, depending on where you're staying, they may include spa treatments, butlers or even dedicated chefs.
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