Travel Planning Mistakes That Can Cost You Money

By on November 12, 2015

It’s definitely a good idea to plan ahead before you travel, but there is an art to successful planning. Knowing where to look for deals, when to find the best prices, and how to avoid unexpected fees are valuable skills that can help you avoid paying more than you should. Here are some of the most expensive planning mistakes that you can make.

Foregoing travel insurance

Many people consider travel insurance a waste of money and prefer to risk it, assuming nothing will go wrong. Before assuming that travel insurance is too expensive, check with your credit card company to find out what coverage they offer for things like health, rental car, and travel insurance, as many do per their cardholder agreement. If you happen to fall ill or become injured while on holiday and you don’t have insurance, your out of pocket costs may be much more expensive than the insurance plan would have been. See here for what could go wrong.

Travel Planning Mistakes

Failing to notify your bank ahead of time

Before departure, remember to call your credit card company to let them know the locations and dates of your holiday. A fast way to kill your travel buzz is getting yourself stranded overseas because your bank shut your card off for suspected fraud.

Not booking your flights in incognito mode

Airline sites use cookies to track your visits to their websites. Once you are quoted a price, there’s no use in refreshing the page to search for a better deal. They already know what you’ve been quoted, and there’s no way they’re going to offer you a cheaper price. By either clearing your browser’s cache and cookies or searching in incognito mode, you have a better chance of finding a less expensive deal when you visit the site later on.

Booking your flights at the wrong time

If you book your flight at night, your tickets will be more expensive than necessary. Airlines release their specials earlier in the day, and by the time you get home from work to search for flights, all of the cheaper fares will have been snatched up, leaving you with the more expensive options. A better option is to get up early on Tuesday, which is when most airlines roll out their newest sales after rolling out a weekend of specials.

Not shopping around

Don’t grab the first “good” deal you see. Always look deeper for a better deal. Instead of paying the online hotel room price, search around to see if that company is offering any discounts. If you fail to find any, you can always call the hotel to inquire about any deals or specials they’re offering. After all, it never hurts to ask!

Strictly staying at name-brand hotels

Hotel booking sites will claim that they’re giving you the best deal around, but that’s only if you don’t know where else to look. If you’re serious about cutting accommodation costs, do not pass up hostels, which are always cheaper than a hotel room. Most even offer private rooms if you’re not comfortable bunking it with other travelers. Other options are private apartment rentals, homestays, and for the more people-friendly travelers there’s Couchsurfing. This is a revolutionary accommodation option where locals offer you a place to sleep in their own homes – most of them for free – although it’s good guest etiquette to offer to help out with cooking dinner or buying toilet paper or bringing a small gift for the gracious host. It doesn’t have to be anything substantial but a little help will go a long way in showing your appreciation.

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