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SD Tips: Find the Best Travel Deals

Traveling can be stressful enough without having to worry about paying too much for your air fare, hotel, cruise or car rental. That’s why we’ve collected all of the current travel specials in one spot. Find great deals on your next vacation, whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or that big trip you’ve been planning for years. Keep this page bookmarked and we’ll help you get the best price possible.

When it comes to air fare, booking one to four months in advance of your trip is likely to score you the best price. Unless, of course, you’re traveling to a popular destination during the summer or holidays. In those cases, book early -- about 10 or 11 months prior to the trip -- to get the best deal and still ensure that flights don’t book up on you. These same rules apply for booking hotel rooms as well. However, if you’re flexible and don’t mind the stress of a potentially booked up hotel, you could score a fantastic deal by waiting about 24 hours prior to your stay to book a room. Hotels may be scrambling to fill empty rooms and will often offer big discounts. On the flip side, you want to book early when it comes to car rentals and cruises. You’ll get better deals by booking eight months to a year out, and you’ll be guaranteed to get what you want.

When it comes time to buy, do your research across all the big online travel booking sites, including Orbitz, Expedia and Priceline. If you’re feeling flexible on where you stay or which airline you travel with, definitely check out Priceline’s Name Your Price feature. Additionally, it never hurts to call the airline or hotel before booking to see if they can give you a lower price if you book directly through them. Wherever you buy, don’t forget to see if you have discounts through a membership organization. Many professional organizations and companies offer travel benefits that you could be missing out on.

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