So you’ve got a week off this summer but you don’t have big plans yet. That’s a great position to be in! If you’re a flexible traveler, and are ready to go where the deals are, you can have a great summer trip with minimal expenses. Part of the fun will be telling your friends how much cash you were able to save… trust me.
In the last few years, last-minute travel deal sites have popped up all over the place. A great one to use is Hotwire.com. They offer you big discounts on flights, hotels, activities and tours. Here’s how it works:
1. You pick your destination/flight/area for hotel
2. Set your ‘star rating’ (2 star, 3 star, 4 star, etc)
3. Browse choices
4. Pick your best option and pay
5. Find out where you will stay, exactly!
Here’s the catch (and it’s also an exciting one) Hotwire doesn’t tell you exactly where you’re going to stay or what company you’ll be renting a car from until you pay (non-refundable). This way, they’re able to offer very low unadvertised rates! This way, hotels, rental agencies or airlines won’t need to offer that same price to anyone that found it advertised.
It’s an easy system and can save you a ton of cash.
On a recent trip, I was able to get three nights at a 4 star hotel for $59/night. The regular price for the same room: $102! That’s $177 instead of $306 – a savings of $129. Not too shabby. That worked out so well that I decided to use Hotwire to rent a car as well. $12/day instead of $39 was a deal I was ready to take! All thanks to Hotwire.
It’s a bit of a thrilling, and nerve wracking, experience to buy like this – but with a little bit of flexibility, I was able to save big bucks on a trip away. Good luck
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