How to travel hack your trip using coupons
Travelling doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you can still keep your trips affordable without having to rough it out, sleep on the streets, or eat bread everyday! As the travel industry gets increasingly competitive, more and more deals are available for the savvy traveller to tap on. We just need to know where to look. :)
Previously I shared 10 of my favourite money saving travel hacks, but here’s a more detailed look at one of them – why you can use coupons to get great deals.
One of my favourite tricks is to periodically look through online coupon sites for great deals. While coupons sites like CupoNation, Groupon, and Deal.com offer many discounts from fashion, food, and electronic brands, they also have a great number of travel related offers.
Here are 5 reasons why everyone should start using online coupons to travel hack your trip.
(1) It’s a free service
Honestly you have nothing to lose and everything to gain from using online coupons. Coupons sites work via an affiliate system, whereby they typically get a small cut from their partners. Even if you are afraid that the advertised cost is more than the original cost, you can easily make a comparison on the partner site. I’ve never encountered such a situation though.
In fact, the more we use coupon sites, the more these sites can negotiate for better deals with their partners on our behalf. Think of it as win-win for everyone!
(2) Convenience at your fingertips
Growing up in the 90s, I’m familiar with physical cut out coupons from newspapers and magazines. Now that we’re in the 21st century, it’s no surprise that these deals have transited to online versions. But more than being just an online version, coupons sites make it a lot more convenient by collecting coupons from many online and offline retailers.
Instead of individually visiting many different sites, you can easily compare the best deals at just one location. It might seem a little overwhelming initially with so many deals, but this beats navigating the many different websites for a promotion that suits your needs.
(3) Get alerted to brand specific deals
While some may like to regularly look through coupon sites for the best deals, I prefer to only be alerted when there is something relevant to me.
I’m a sucker for online shopping so this helps a lot. I won’t get caught up with looking through deals that I wouldn’t need and wondering where time went. I simply subscribe to travel brands and get email updates whenever a deal is available. This is making technology work for you instead of becoming a slave to it.
Also no more worries about unleashing the inner shopaholic unnecessarily. :P
(4) Instant gratification
Instead of waiting for cash backs and loyalty reward points, coupons are instantaneous. You check out of your purchases using the promo code and make savings immediately. No paying ahead and waiting a month for cash backs.
I personally prefer this as it is guaranteed and simple. No need to deal with complicated refund systems that may take up more time than researching for the actual purchase. Just dealing with flight miles is enough of an headache already.
(5) Significant savings
In case you’re wondering about how much you get to save, we’re not talking about just a couple of dollars of savings here. According to CupoNation, their customers for Expedia save on average “$53 using the coupon codes on their website”. That’s two hearty cafe meals in Singapore!
While searching for hotels to Okinawa in Japan (which is on my 2016 travel bucket list), I found this deal for Expedia that gave an additional 5% off any hotels already on offer. That’s like more savings on top of savings. Just remember to calm yourself down by seeing if the booking and travel period matches your own travel plans.
Here are a couple of other posts with tips on how to travel smart:
– 76 days in South America for $4.8k
– How I quit my job to travel the world on a budget with $16k of savings
– 12 days in Iceland for $2.3k including return flights from Singapore to Reykjavik