Whether you are a points hog or like to travel whenever you can, it’s expensive to travel, that’s for sure. Depending on the method of travel whether that be air, sea, train, or car any place that isn’t your home will cost some money. Luckily we’ve partnered up with several travel agencies and online portals that offer some of the web’s most exclusive yet most affordable deals online! Here are a few Travel Apps and Hacks you’ve never heard of.
Unique Travel Hacks You’ve Never Tried
So you are looking for flights out of town but seem to be finding the same deals other sites like Travelocity and Priceline offer. Well, you should try Kiwi then. Kiwi sports a beautiful interface along with seemingly infinite flight options all within one screen. Open up your opportunities to fly out of nearby airports to include better pricing. You could also rule out other airlines where you’ve had bad experiences (*cough* Spirit).
Other Options Kiwi sports:
- Change Currency Options if you are located elsewhere
- Nomad Option allows you to try out other cities while waiting for another flight (cheap)
- Book Baggage and Car Seats right from the portal
While this has grown to be a favorite place to find deals similar to a Groupon Travel, Travelzoo sports many inclusive packages that will be sure to intrigue you. If you have a specific slotted time available check out Travelzoo for packages that include Hotels, Flights, and Cars all in one package. By booking these types of travel together, you’ll be saving a bit of money by consolidating. The Travelzoo app also has some local deals for restaurants that you are itching to try as well!
By booking inclusive trips like the one above, you’ll get flight deals that are unparalleled. Many of the resorts found at Travelzoo have partnered up with flight companies, to get more customers, so through Travelzoo, it makes everything available in one spot!
After briefly touching base on what Travelzoo has regarding all-inclusive vacations, CheapCaribbean is the king of finding the absolute best deals in this space. You’ll discover getaways in the Caribbean for as little as $500 including flights, drinks, stay at the hotel, and sometimes transportation to and fro. Many people to go on cruises because of their inclusive food packages, but an All-Inclusive resort is an excellent alternative since you get Free Alcoholic Drinks as well. Take advantage of staying in one spot to relax and soak up the sun!
Love where you live but want to explore more of it?! Resort Pass is one way of getting into higher-end hotels and resorts nearby to you. Experience beautiful swimming pools, spas, restaurant access and more by participating in Resort Pass. You sign up for hotel or resort access for the day, and you’ll pay the price much smaller than if you were to book at that hotel! This travel app is so unique and new, so hop aboard and try it out today and take a staycation!
Prices come from multiple factors including booking capability and space, time of year, even weather changes. It wasn’t so long ago that a company like Tingo would offer price change refunds until the TripAdvisor company eventually dismantled them. Enter, Pruvo! Pruvo is a unique and alternative way to avoid those price changes with little to no effort at all. This popular service is still new, so get your knowledge of it while it’s hot! All you do is forward the hotel reservation to the provided email address, and you’ll have associates make sure you get a price change should it be eligible.
By using Pruvo, you won’t have to seek hotel deals at your favorite places aggressively. You’ll still be eligible for all of those reward points when you book, plus have a service that is working non-stop to get you those price change whenever they become available. Bonuses of using Pruvo:
- NO Credit Card Necessary (…so it’s safe!)
- NO Sign Up Necessary
- Book on ANY Website (talk about versatility)
- Chrome Extension for Initial Hotel BookingSearch
How Pruvo Tracks and Works
Once you have booked your room on Pruvo or anywhere else there are only three simple steps to getting your applicable price change refund.
- Send the hotel reservation to [email protected]
- Wait for Pruvo to reach out to you with any price changes
- Get a cheaper deal and rebook through Pruvo
Now that is a thrifty deal! For online price change refunds for when you shop online at a store like Amazon, try Paribus!
We’ve all been there. You feel like you could’ve upgraded your car rental, only to find out the price went down on your reservation the next day or following week. Enter Autoslash. Not only could they help you find the right Coupon to place on a car rental website, but they’ll help you find a lower the price AFTER you have booked as well.
For those who are curious about Car Rental Coupons: It’s a Pain in the Butt! Go to any popular coupon website and most of the coupons you’ve researched will end up invalid or expired. With Autoslash, this won’t be an issue!
While we recommend going straight to Autoslash to book a car rental from now on, if you’ve booked your car rental elsewhere you’ll need the following:
- Reservation Number
- Company You’ve Booked with
- a few other minor details
As you can see, Autoslash is pretty versatile when it comes to car rentals. Start using this company right away if you are interested in car rentals!
If you’ve waited 2 hours for your delayed flight, there may be some silver lining. The app Service will look into your plane and see if there is a refund opportunity. All you have to do is signup, enter your flight information, and they’ll see what kind of refund you can get. There are three possible memberships for Service (this is how they make money):
- They’ll take 30% of your potential refund
- or $49 per year and you get 100% of your rebate (s)
- $199 for the lifetime of the app (Keep 100% of refunds and no yearly membership)
Weather, mechanical issues, or other issues are bound to happen if you have booked on a favorite airline. In some cases, the airline will admit and give you vouchers for their failed flight departure time. However, when it comes to monetizing or getting a refund, most people don’t know about an app like Service!
The Thrifty Traveler website was started by an accountant, who continually finds fantastic flight deals, and if you are an avid traveler, could end up saving you thousands of dollars without much effort. It seems that they see the best deals for the day, or week and post them often. You’ll find other tips on how to save on specific airlines, or what to travel with to save some time.
Hate going to the airport? What’s the thing that bothers you most? Can’t be the ticketing, since many air carriers offer ticketless systems. No, that can’t be it! Could it be the many long waits and lines you encounter? Bingo! Well, now you can cut at least one of these lines, the dreaded security line with Clear.
How Could One Skip the Pre-Check Security Line?
If you are interested in skipping the pre-screen line you should check out ClearMe, an innovative security checkpoint that scans your eye and finger in moments rather than minutes. Yes, you’ll still have to do the TSA Physical Screening. But, if you have ever encountered the pre-screen line, that will likely be the longest line you’ll meet at the airport.
Check-in your baggage and head to the security area at one of the available Clear kiosks (airport locationshere). Tap your finger on the blue kiosk. If you’ve pre-registered, you’ll be able to touch and go, if not you can still sign up at the booth. Save minutes, perhaps hours at the airport, alleviating possible last-minute stress.
Hertz and CLEAR Partnership
Announced late in 2018, Hertz wanted to make things a bit smoother when someone checks out a car for rent. Using CLEAR’s face recognition technology, you can sync your account for easier checkout with Hertz. Just pick the car you want, get in the car, and head towards the exit. Use the CLEAR’s scanner at checkout and you are all set! (Available only at Atlanta’s Airport for now)
Time to Travel More
Most people have a tough time traveling due to budgets, we’ll provide you apps to help budget for vacations, plus you can take advantage of these money saving travel hacks and hit the road!