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How to Save Money on Luxury Travel

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | October 05, 2016

How to Save Money on Luxury Travel

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Can you really experience luxury travel on a shoestring budget? According to The New York Times, yes, you can. 

The Times spoke to author Joel Widzer, an expert on saving money and the author of “The Penny Pincher’s Guide to Luxury Travel” to find out just how this was possible and Widzer provided some tips. 

First, he advises, stick with one hotel brand and rack up those rewards points. 

“Hotel brands reward frequent guests who sign up for their loyalty programs with room upgrades, free hotel nights and free breakfast, and they even waive annoying fees such as the cost of valet parking,” he tells The New York Times.

Widzer also suggests using credit card points to pay for lodging, as well. 

“With certain credit cards, travelers can redeem the points they earn for accommodations at luxury hotels, like using points earned on a Chase Ultimate Rewards card toward stays at Ritz-Carlton properties around the world,” notes Widzer. 

Travel at off-peak times is also going to net you a better rate at high-end properties. 

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“Head to Sardinia in August, for example, and sky-high hotel rates and inflated prices are in store. But a trip in October means mild weather and prices at hotels and on services such as boat rentals that are up to 50 percent lower than during peak season,” Widzer suggests. 

Read on here for more pro tips on saving big on high-end vacations.


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