Frugal Friday: Travel Tips
It’s May! The kids are finishing up their last few weeks of the school year; the television commercials bombard us with beautiful pictures of warm, sandy beaches and clear blue water. We’re ready to get away – whether it be a week on an island or a weekend at Grandma’s! As you begin to make your summer travel plans, keep these great military family saving tips in mind.
HOTELS: When booking your hotel online, search the best rate for the room you desire. Then, call the hotel directly and ask if their military rate is better than the “best rate” you found online. Recently, my husband and I stayed at a costly resort in a popular lake resort area a few hours from home. Not only were we able to lock in the government rate of $77/night, but when I told the agent that my husband was a wounded warrior, she bumped us up to their biggest suite for free. We saved $300/night! Don’t be afraid to ask about military rates or other incentives.
FLIGHTS: There are many popular sites that promise to deliver the lowest available prices on airline tickets. One you may not have heard of yet is www.militaryfares.com. Military Fares offers competitive, low prices for military members and their families to fly, cruise, sightsee and rent a car.
SATO VACATIONS: SATO Vacations is a trusted name in leisure travel for members of the military and U.S. government. While they specialize in cruise and vacation packages, they can also help military families secure low rates on airfare, hotels, rental cars and more! www.satovacations.com