A New Year, new resolutions and time to save money on your next vacation. Travel can be exciting but it’s important to make sure to stretch your travel dollar by planning ahead. AAA Northern New England travel agents have compiled 6 easy ways to save on your next vacation in 2017.
Jump on Board
You’ll see some of the lowest cruise prices in January and early February. Currently Royal Caribbean & Carnival have some great last minute deals. They’re an excellent value for your vacation dollar.
The price of flights varies considerably depending on the month, day and even time of day. This can save you big. For instance – leave in the middle of those school breaks – the airfare will be lower and more flights available as opposed to the weekends. The cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and flights around the lunch and dinner hour. Booking during these times might bag you a sweet bargain.
If you’re thinking of traveling during a major holiday or school vacation, booking your trip at least 5-10 months in advance to save the most money. Most of the Northeast has the same school vacation; so many hotel and airfare sell out in advance.
Use a Travel Agent
AAA travel agents work closely with most major airlines, cruise lines and tour companies and know all available discounts and sales. They do all the work and get the best possible prices. A good agent is often able to get a hotel room when the hotel website or front desk says that they're "full." Agents are especially useful on specialized trips, whether it's a honeymoon, family vacation, a cruise or an adventure travel vacation. And when you're stranded because of a canceled or delayed flight, there's nothing like e-mailing or texting your travel agent to get you on another flight.
Go where the dollar is stronger
This is a banner year for American travelers, the dollar has been rising in value since October, making everything in Europe, Mexico, Australia and South Africa even more affordable. A strong dollar translates to excellent value abroad. Banks are reporting that the dollar is the strongest it’s been since 2003
Fly from an alternative airport
Just because an airport is the biggest or the closest to your house doesn’t mean it’s the cheapest. It may work out cheaper, even with the cost of a train or bus ticket to reach the alternative airport.
The most popular destinations for New Englanders in 2017, according to our AAA Travel agents are:
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