3 Tips to Save on Travel in 2020

2020 is here, and with the new year, many people begin to get the travel itch and start thinking about where they’d like to have new adventures. If you’ve got the bug, this week I’m sharing a few tips about saving on travel.

1. Consider an agent.

If you’ve never worked with a travel agent before, it can certainly save you some money! Yes, many agents take commissions, however in some cases the services are provided (for example, many Disney planners). The benefit is that although a fee is collected, agents have access to steep discounts that you wouldn’t be able to access independently. Double check this by trying to self-book online to ensure you’re getting a great rate working through an agent.

2. Discounts on the road.

If you’re trying to decide where to dine or what attractions to visit on the road, I highly recommend using services like Groupon to help you score discounts while travelling. If you use these at home, they can also save you a lot of money while travelling. And, you have the added benefit of trying totally new things and creating memories in the process.

3. Book flights early.

This doesn’t apply for every airline or every flight, but generally speaking, booking flights as early as possible saves you more. For example, if you book right when Southwest releases their flights, I’ve found that to be when I save the most on flights.

Although these are my top three favorite travel savings tips, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention I also love the savings that can occur on a road trip. Many families like to visit all 50 states, and if you’re among them, I recommend combining a few states into one road trip for the maximum experience for the money. Happy travels in 2020!


Kat’s Money Corner is posted in the Kansas City Star every week. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, follow us on Twitter @CommunityAmerCU.

Comments

Cara at CommunityAmerica

Hi Connie! In regards to foreign exchange rates, CommunityAmerica does not offer this service. We do have credit/debit card foreign transaction fees. The fee is 1% of each transaction in U.S. Dollars or 1% of each transaction made in currencies other than U.S. dollars. If you have any questions about this, please give us a call at 913.905.7000. Thank you!

Connie A Kampfer

What exchange rate do you charge for Italy and Germany? Are there any other fees?

Cara at CommunityAmerica

Hi James! The fee is 1% of each transaction in U.S. Dollars or 1% of each transaction made in currencies other than U.S. dollars. If you have any questions about this, please give us a call at 913.905.7000. Thank you!

James Dunseath

What exchange rate do you charge for Australia? Is there any extra fees?
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