Sunday, November 11, 2012

How to Save on a Big Trip with Your Family

 How to Save on a Big Trip with Your Family

Some of the best memories your children will have when they’re older will come from family vacations
(fights and all!). If you’ve been thinking of planning a big trip for your family, you may be worried about
how much it will cost you. Here are some steps you can take to cut down on the costs so you can fully
enjoy a great time together:

Plan ahead. If you know you want to take a big trip with your family, take time to plan out your options
well in advance so you can factor in any and all costs and price out the best deal. You can determine
whether driving or flying is better; keep an eye on flight prices, figure out whether you’ll need to rent a
car at your destination, and shop around for the best hotel rates and included extras (breakfast, airport
shuttles, wi-fi, etc.)

Sign up for daily deals in your desired area. If you are planning to take your family on a tour of the
Northwest US, sign up for daily deals for Portland and Seattle. If you are visiting the Midwest, look for
offers in Chicago weeks or months in advance. You may find some great deals on touristy activities like
Space Needle visits or architecture tours that can save you quite a bit.

Look for credit cards that can help you save. This is only a good idea if you are responsible with credit,
but there are quite a few good credit card offers out there that could help you save big. Some, like
Chase, have sign-up bonuses that allow you to redeem points for statement credits that you could
put towards your trip. Other companies, such as Citi and American Express, offer credit cards through
airlines like Delta, American Airlines and United that allow you to check bags for free, which can add up
to big savings if you have three to six people traveling for a week or more and just can’t fit all of your
stuff in a carry-on.

Anne Perkins is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial
savings tips for QuickQuid, the online loan lender, and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or
cheaper to complete.


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