9 Money-Saving Travel Tips
1. Score Hotel Perks and Deals
In an effort to increase their bookings, hotels worldwide are offering travelers significant deals. Fairmont Hotels (fairmont.com), for example, has cut rates by as much as 20 percent at all 56 of its properties through April 15. Other brands, instead of dropping prices, are offering free nights and savings packages; some are even upping the ante by tossing in room upgrades, meals, and resort credits. Through March, at select Starwood Hotels (starwood.com), every second night is half off, even at Luxury Collection, W, and Le Meridien. Hyatt (hyatt.com), meanwhile, is running a Three for Free deal at 20 resorts, offering travelers a complimentary night, daily breakfast, and a room upgrade. You’ll find the greatest values in destinations such as Las Vegas, Hawaii, Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico—places where tourism plays a vital role and rooms need filling. In Los Cabos, Mexico, $950 now buys three nights in a one-bedroom villa at Cabo Azul Resort, including round-trip airport transfers and a $100 spa or dinner credit. And Kona Village Resort, on Hawaii’s Big Island, is offering a Run of the Village package that upgrades guests to the best room available, through August—which means visitors who book a standard bungalow for $550 a night could conceivably end up in a $975 deluxe hale at no additional cost.