Say you’re an avid traveller who wants to get away on some awe-inspiring getaways to far-flung destinations but you’re having to do the whole “home life” thing for the moment, dreaming of whiling away the hours on a tropical beach somewhere. Sounds like a lot of us, doesn’t it? How can you make that next trip happen sooner rather than later, though? Through saving and having next to no life while your friends and family hit the town at the weekend? Scrimping by and eating only ramen for dinner to help save every penny possible? Read ahead for some less drastic measures that allow you to save or take advantage of some keen tips in order to get away sooner – without having to sacrifice fun to make it happen.
Wait, wait. Marriott rewards? You bet! Marriott rewards can be used for a number of great travel benefits, even allowing you to transfer your Marriott points into airline miles on certain airlines allowing you to get hugely discounted or even free flights. Want to bump up your points if you travel for work? Consider getting your company to agree to reimbursing you for your hotel stays, car rentals and more instead of using the company card and then use your credit cards that earn you Marriott points. That way you will still rack up some great, huge points you can use later, while travelling for work!
Fly For Less
Okay, it’s no surprise that flights are some of the worst money drainers around, especially for travellers looking for a bargain. Save yourself some cash by travelling flexibly. How, you may ask? Well, if you aren’t on a time crunch or needing to be anywhere specific by a certain date, consider using websites like Skyscanner to search for the cheapest flight in the month you want to depart. You can also consider splitting up your flights and flying indirectly to your destination. For example, if you are wanting to go to Athens, Greece from North America, it’s often times much cheaper to get a flight to London, UK and then a flight on one of Europe’s many budget airlines to Athens.
Consider Flying From Another City
If you are from a city that doesn’t have a very well-serviced airport, consider flying from another airport that is within easy access of your city. Some of the more popular airport destinations offer cheaper flights to international centres. For example within Canada airports you might want to consider include Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto for the cheapest flights as the other airports aren’t as well serviced by airlines and are often more expensive to fly from. Sure, you may need to factor in getting to the other city including gas or bus tickets, but you may be surprised at how much you could save.
So there you have a couple of great tips on how to travel for cheaper and how to rack up some great points to transfer into travel rewards to help make those trips of a lifetime happen sooner. So pack your bags, the world is waiting for you!