Expedia shares 10 tips to save money on vacations, flights and hotels this summer

Booking your summer vacation can be stressful and expensive, but now Expedia is on hand to share its top tips and tricks to help you vacation cheaply in 2022.

As summer vacation rushes towards us, more and more of us are scouring airlines and travel websites for a bargain.

The online travel agency has partnered with Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) for the seventh consecutive year to share its ultimate guide to travel hacks.

Whether you plan to bring the whole family with you or want to explore on your own, we’ve got you covered.


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Here are some of Expedia’s best travel hacks on how to save on your flights and accommodation so you have more money to spend on your adventures.

Expedia’s Top Flight Booking Tips

Thefts hit their lowest levels between December 2020 and January 2021, according to ARC data.

As traveler confidence grows, they seem poised to return to pre-pandemic levels.

Luckily for you, you can prepare for the raise with these Expedia theft hacks.

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Best days and months to travel and book chart. Credit: Expedia

1. Optimal booking window

Britons have started to book domestic travel further in advance.

Flights booked 9+ weeks in advance increased from an average of 20% in 2019 to an average of 25% in 2021.

For international flights, travelers booking their tickets 9 weeks and more in advance increased from an average of 40% in 2019 to an average of 45% in 2020 and 50% in 2021.

2. Ideal day of the week to book

Expedia has revealed that the best day to book a domestic flight is Sunday, not Friday, where travelers can save around 20%.

For those traveling abroad, they can save 15% by booking on a Sunday instead.

3. Ideal day of the week for traveling

The best day to travel domestically is Friday, not Tuesday, and it could save you 20%.

By starting your international trip on a Friday, you’ll save around 10% off your fare.

4. Best month to travel

The best month to travel depends on whether you are flying domestically or overseas.

For domestic flights, the best month to leave is November, you can save up to 45% compared to a trip in March.

For international flights, September is the ideal month, where you can save almost 40%, compared to a trip in December.

5. Splurge and go for the premium

Expedia says premium economy tickets have never been cheaper and have become more affordable over the past two years.

In 2021, premium tickets were only 250% more expensive than economy tickets, while in 2020 premium tickets cost 275% more than economy tickets.

Looking at pre-pandemic levels, premium tickets in 2019 cost 380% more than economy tickets.

Expedia’s Top Accommodation Tips

Glasgow Times: Expedia's Best Accommodation Hacks.  Credit: ExpediaThe best accommodation hacks from Expedia. Credit: Expedia

Now that you’re ready to save on your airfare, let’s turn our attention to how we can secure a great deal on our vacations and international vacations.

1. Ideal day of the week to book

Book your vacation in the country on a Friday, as that’s when the lowest average daily rate (ADR) tends to be.

Travelers could save 5% compared to booking the most expensive day, which is a Sunday.

Internationally, book on a Wednesday, not a Saturday, to save 5%.

2. Ideal day of the week to stay

The ideal day to start your staycation is a Monday, you could save 20% compared to the most expensive day – a Saturday.

For international travel, starting your vacation on a Monday can save you 10% compared to leaving on a Saturday.

3. Downgraded accommodation to save money

Expedia recommends that you don’t book your hotel to save a few extra pounds.

You can save almost 50%, on average, by simply choosing a 4-star establishment rather than a 5-star one.

And if you book a 3-star hotel instead of a 4-star, you could save around 30%.

4. Car rental

The travel website also noted a trend of even more people opting for road trips since the start of the pandemic.

Expedia has reviewed its data to help you book a lower cost car rental.

If you book a car for staycation exploration, it is recommended that you book it on a Monday.

For international holidays, you should book a rental car on a Saturday to save some money.

The website also suggests that the cheapest day for domestic car rental is Tuesday, while Sunday is the best day for international travel.

5. Bundle and save

On Expedia, travelers can get deeper discounts by simply booking their flight and hotel together, rather than booking separately.

On average, Britons can save up to 10% by bundling their flight and hotel in one transaction, that’s money that can be used for other experiences.

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Join Expedia

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When it comes to booking travel, it pays to be loyal.

Travelers can benefit from a loyalty program for their next trips, as they book the current one.

By joining Expedia, travelers will enjoy benefits upon joining, including access to member-only rates and earn Expedia Points with every trip.

Silver and Gold members who book Expedia VIP Access hotels may also receive additional benefits such as room upgrades or spa credits, where available.

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Plus, if you sign up for the Expedia app, you’ll not only have the ultimate travel companion at your fingertips, but you’ll also be able to unlock up to 10% savings with mobile-exclusive hotel deals, plus earn double Expedia Rewards points on every app. reservation.

You can even make the most of helpful travel itinerary alerts as an Expedia member.

Expedia also reminds customers to keep up to date with the latest government and travel advisories.

For the latest information, Expedia’s new COVID-19 travel advisory tool helps travelers search for travel advisories around the world, including destination regulations and health and safety guidelines, or see Expedia’s COVID-19 Travel Guide.

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