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How to Save on Holiday Travel

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Do you have to do some traveling this holiday season? Don’t let the seasonal prices get the best of you! This chat featured tips and tricks to help you save money on your travel expenses.
Our panel included: Tonya Rapley- Certified Financial Educator, Millennial Money Coach and Founder of MyFabFinance.com, Paul Moyer- Founder of SavingFreak.com, Rod Griffin- Director of Public Education at Experian, and Mike Delgado- Social Media Community Manager at Experian.
This deck featured tips from: @suddenlyfrugal, @SavingFreak, @DebbiKing, @MyFabFinance, @robert_harrow, @KOFETIME, @care4yourfuture, @WealthwithMina, @payoff, @wisebread, and @MiriamSCross.

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How to Save on Holiday Travel

  1. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET How to Save on Holiday Travel
  2. Join our #CreditChat every Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. This week, the community shared some great tips on saving during holiday travel. ex.pn/holidaytravel
  3. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET What are the expenses you need to think about when traveling this holiday season?
  4. If you’re traveling with presents and want to wrap them ahead of time, ship them to your destination. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Leah Ingram @suddenlyfrugal
  5. Transportation, food, lodging, and getting your presents there. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Paul Moyer @SavingFreak
  6. Theusual-carrentals,flights,gas. Butdon’tforgethotelrooms,foodand airlinefees. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Debbi King @DebbiKing
  7. Watch for last-minute Christmas gifts that you might feel tempted to buy. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Tonya Rapley, CFEI @MyFabFinance
  8. Baggage fees are a real drain on the wallet! Last year, airlines racked in $3.5 billion through these fees. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Robert Harrow @robert_harrow
  9. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET When is the best time to start looking for travel deals and where?
  10. For flying, eight weeks out is prime, but you can still get good deals up to five weeks out. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Paul Moyer @SavingFreak
  11. My favorite tool to use is the Google flight calendar grid, especially if your dates are flexible. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Tonya Rapley, CFEI @MyFabFinance
  12. BookairfaresonaTuesday,dealsseemtobe lower.Also,SouthwestAirlinesoffersgreatfreebies. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET KOFE @KOFETIME
  13. Use websites like Skyscanner and Kayak to find the best deals on flights. Also, purchase your tickets on Tuesday or Wednesday. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET CARE @care4yourfuture
  14. Clear your cookies every time. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Debbi King @DebbiKing
  15. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET How do you decide the best form of travel for your family?
  16. Figure out what’s best for your family situation. If you have a lot of kids, then a lot of plane tickets might not make sense. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET CARE @care4yourfuture
  17. It depends on where you’re going, but if it’s domestic, nothing beats Amtrak for travel with a toddler. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Mina Ennin Black @WealthwithMina
  18. Ifyoutravelwithfamily,trytotakeadvantage ofairlinecompaniontickets.Somecreditcards evengivethemoutasperks. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Robert Harrow @robert_harrow
  19. For college students, carpool with friends who live in the same city. Megabus and Greyhound are good, cheap options as well. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET CARE @care4yourfuture
  20. It’s based on how much time we have to travel. For longer trips, we consider driving. If it is a quick turnaround, we fly. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Tonya Rapley, CFEI @MyFabFinance
  21. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Would you consider getting an airline credit card that rewards you with miles? Pros/cons?
  22. As long as you’re responsible with the card, sure! Bonus if there are no foreign transactions fees and a microchip. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Miriam Cross @MiriamSCross
  23. I have the American Airlines card, and I enjoyed the waived checked bag fee. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Tonya Rapley, CFEI @MyFabFinance
  24. Onlygetanairlinecreditcardiftherewardsyougetfrom itmakeupfortheannualfee-thinkofthelong-termcosts. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Robert Harrow @robert_harrow
  25. Only if you can pay it off and in full every month. That way you receive the maximum benefits from the card. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET CARE @care4yourfuture
  26. It all depends on how much you travel! An air miles card might be better because they offer a variety of perks. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Payoff @payoff
  27. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET How can you save on food when traveling?
  28. Save on travel food by booking a hotel room with a kitchen, so you can cook some meals there. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET KOFE @KOFETIME
  29. Try and cook as much as you can, or make things that you can take on the road. The grocery store is your best friend. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Payoff @payoff
  30. Preparemealsbeforethetrip. Thatway,youdon’tstopforfast foodandthefoodislikelyhealthier. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET CARE @care4yourfuture
  31. We always look for “kids eat free” restaurants. I have a huge list on my site. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Paul Moyer @SavingFreak
  32. If driving, pack sandwiches, wraps, snacks and bring the cooler. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Tonya Rapley, CFEI @MyFabFinance
  33. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET What are some frugal ways to keep kids entertained on long flights/car rides?
  34. Books from the library, travel games and coloring pages. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Debbi King @DebbiKing
  35. If you have an iPad, then there are a multitude of free games and apps to keep them entertained on the car trip. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET CARE @care4yourfuture
  36. Bringsomefungames, makesuretocheckyourlocal thriftstoretostockup beforethetrip! #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Payoff @payoff .
  37. Travel Scrabble, Bananagrams, cards; treat them to one comic book or magazine at the airport. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Miriam Cross @MiriamSCross
  38. YouTube videos on repeat are a sanity saver. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Mina Ennin Black @WealthwithMina
  39. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET How can you save on lodging when traveling?
  40. Stay with family or friends! #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Ashley Jacobs @wisebread
  41. Use the bidding process on Priceline. You are leaving money on the table if you aren’t using it. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Paul Moyer @SavingFreak
  42. RentoutahomeonHomeAwayor Airbnbtosplitamongfamilyand friends. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Miriam Cross @MiriamSCross
  43. If traveling with family, try to get a suite/multi-bedroom to share the cost. Or borrow/rent a friend’s timeshare. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET KOFE @KOFETIME
  44. See if you can stay with family or friends. Otherwise, look at sites like Kayak, Priceline and other such sites. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET CARE @care4yourfuture
  45. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET What are some financial emergencies you can encounter when traveling? How can you be prepared?
  46. Be prepared for travel financial emergencies. Carry enough extra cash and two days of extra clothes in case your flight gets cancelled. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET KOFE @KOFETIME
  47. If you booked your vacation with a credit card, you can use travel insurance to help pay for emergencies or cancelled flights. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Robert Harrow @robert_harrow
  48. Reviewyourcreditcard benefits,youmightbe surprisedwhatitcoversinthe eventofemergenciesfor rentalsorluggage. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET CARE @care4yourfuture
  49. Lost luggage, car accident, the list goes on. Make sure to have a copy of your passport and some extra cash on hand. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Payoff @payoff
  50. Car troubles! That’s why we have AAA. Also, Geico has roadside assistance. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Leah Ingram @suddenlyfrugal
  51. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET How do you safely and securely manage your finances when traveling?
  52. When you travel, you’re on vacation, not your wallet. It’s easy to overspend when having fun, so set a budget and stick to it. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Robert Harrow @robert_harrow
  53. Use credit instead of debit on your bank card so you are covered for fraud. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Debbi King @DebbiKing
  54. Useacreditcardthathasgreatfraudprotectionand alwayshaveabudgetforeveryitemonthetravellist. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Paul Moyer @SavingFreak
  55. Create a holiday budget. Plan out your expenses and look for deals to save money on your holiday expenses. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET CARE @care4yourfuture
  56. For safe travel finances, use traveler’s checks, prepaid debit cards with a set amount to control your budget and only take what is needed! #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET KOFE @KOFETIME
  57. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Any final tips for holiday travelers?
  58. Don’t forget to have fun and remember what matters most, spending time with the people you love! #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Payoff @payoff
  59. Take the time to plan your holiday. Using the right credit cards to pay or booking at the right time can save you hundreds. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Robert Harrow @robert_harrow
  60. Payoff @payoff #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Payoff @payoff Safeguardyourhomewhileaway.Spendlesstime worryingandmoretimehavingfun.
  61. Remember how important your time is this holiday season. That gift is more important than any monetary gift. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET CARE @care4yourfuture
  62. Make your home look “lived in” while away (stop paper, mail), have someone shovel walk and put your lights on timers to avoid theft. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Leah Ingram @suddenlyfrugal
  63. #CreditChat Wednesdays | 3 p.m. ET Check out all the resources and tips shared: ex.pn/holidaytravel
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