9 Ways To Save Money On Labor Day Travel


9 Ways To Save Money On Labor Day Travel

This year, AAA Travel predicts that 35.5 million Americans will trek 50 miles or more from home over Labor Day weekend, the highest travel volume since 2008. Eighty-six percent will be traveling via road and 7.4% will go by air.

A strong labor market coupled with greater job security and rising home prices have all helped to increase disposable income, said AAA Chicago spokesperson Beth Mosher in a press release. Though some consumers remain cautious, these positive indicators are driving a slight increase and allowing millions of Americans to travel on one last summer getaway.

If youre one of the millions of Americans trying to get away, heres how to do it with the least amount of headacheand cashthis weekend.

Check for last-minute deals. If you want to travel but you havent made plans yet, find last-minute sales on HotelTonight.com or the mobile apps Booking Now or Last Minute Travel Deals, and keep in mind that Hotels.com matches prices. If you dont have a specific hotel chain in mind, try Hotwire.com to save as much as 60% off regular hotel prices. For last-minute airfare, check Google Google Flights. You can enter your home airport, your travel dates, and they give you prices on flights for all destinations on these dates, says Nick Porfilio, CEO and CTO of Saveful.com. Its amazing and has saved me hundreds of dollars on last-minute flights.

Compare car rental prices. Use CarRentals.com to compare prices on car rentals, and then review deals available through warehouse stores travel sites. Warehouse stores arent just a great place to buy oversized bottles of ketchup and a months supply of tissue paperyou can also use that membership to save on travel bookings, says savings expert Andrea Woroch. I saved over 30 percent on a last-minute car rental for a trip to Hawaii through Costco last year and another $50 off a 5-day car rental in Denver this past June.

Go camping. Forgo hotels and enjoy the outdoors while the weathers still fine. You can often pitch a tent at a well-equipped campground for $20 to $30 a night. Camping allows families to get out and enjoy the end of summer weather while spending quality time with one another, says Mark Koep, founder of CampgroundViews.com. Every major metropolitan area has campgrounds within a one-hour drive, and a lot of them probably still have space available. You can search CampgroundViews.com for a campsite near you.

Use a map app. Gas is cheaper right nowthe current national average is $2.58 per gallonbut not free. Avoid as much traffic as you can by using an app that helps you find the most efficient route to your destination. Waze and Google Maps are two good options.