Thanksgiving is a special day to be surrounded by family and friends and to remember all of the things that you are thankful for. Unfortunately, it can be quite expensive to travel around Thanksgiving. However, there are a few things that you can do to ease the financial burden of Thanksgiving travel so that you can enjoy the time with your family instead of worrying about money.
How to Save Money on Car Travel
According to AAA, in 2016 nearly 41 million people in the USA drove over 50 miles to be close to loved ones during Thanksgiving weekend. Traveling by car can be expensive so there are a few things you can do to cut the cost. Before you leave, have your oil changed and your tires checked. This will ensure that your car is performing at its best. Map out your destination and look at websites like GasBuddy.com to know where the cheapest gas prices are on your journey. If it is going to be a long road trip, pack your own snacks and drinks to avoid the overpriced options at gas stations and fast food places. When you are driving, go the speed limit. This could not only save you a potential speeding ticket, but your car will get better gas mileage. If you know someone who is traveling to the same location, be willing to carpool and then split the difference of the gas costs.
How to Save Money on Air Travel
If you plan to use air travel, try to buy the tickets as far in advance as you can. They will only get more expensive as Thanksgiving approaches. Look on several different travel websites such as Travelocity or Priceline and compare the price of their tickets. Flights with layovers are typically less expensive than direct flights, so be willing to take the extra time to get to your location in order to save money. Before deciding on a flight, make sure that there are no hidden fees such as charges for extra bags or baggage weight. A flight may look good financially at first glance, but once you see all of the extra fees, it could be more expensive than another flight without the extra fees. Ask someone to pick you up from the airport to keep from spending money on a rental car or cab.
How to Save Money on Bus and Train Travel
Contact several local bus and train terminals to compare prices for Thanksgiving weekend. If you are a student or a senior, be sure to ask if there is a discount program that you may qualify for. Make arrangements to have someone pick you up once you reach your destination so that you do not have to pay for a taxi.
How to Save Money on Holiday Accommodations
If at all possible, try to arrange to stay at a relative or close friend’s house if you are traveling for Thanksgiving to avoid the cost of a hotel. Hotels can be a little more expensive around the holidays, but, if you must stay in one, shop around to get the best deal. Many insurance companies offer discounts to hotels for their members, so check to see if you can get a discount for a particular hotel chain. If one hotel offers you a decent price, call another hotel close to the first and see if they can offer you a better deal. It never hurts to ask.