Walpole said you can save money by applying for preferred customer status at a particular hotel chain. That can lead to discounted rooms, upgrades, and good local advice from a concierge. He said for some vacations renting a home or condo might be a money-saver. Having a kitchen can help save on the cost of meals.
Airfare can be expensive. With frequent flier benefits being reduced by some airlines, Walpole suggested being flexible with booking at different times of the day. That can be a money-saver, as can receiving "alerts" from airlines when they have discount offers to certain cities. If you like cruises, he said keep an eye out for last minute deals. Also, Walpole recommended not overpaying for a cabin, because you'll mostly use it for sleeping.
The internet can be a great source for information and savings when booking trips, but Walpole said to beware of a refund policy.
When it comes to paying for items on your trip, Walpole recommended using cash for smaller items, while using a credit card for larger purchases. That will help avoid the responsibility of carrying lots of money. Also, if overseas, credit cards don't charge for a foreign exchange in currency. Make sure to let your credit card company know where you are going to visit.
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