Surprise! It’s possible to save on your holidays with these nifty money-saving tricks. Here are our tips
We could all use a major sabbatical every now and then, but why max out your leave when you can go on quick getaways throughout the year? After all, there are only four long weekends in 2018, so it’s highly important we make them count. Don’t despair if your budget’s in the way – this money-saving cheat sheet is what you’ll need to turn those travel dreams into reality.
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How do I score the most affordable flights?
Take full advantage of credit card benefits. Make your bookings with a credit card that offers you the most travel perks. One of our top choices for travel bookings, DBS features an extensive list of hotel and airfare deals. Head here for more details.
Always know the best day of the week for purchasing your air tickets. According to a report by Bloomberg—which featured data analysed by aviation insights company Hopper—Thursdays are actually most ideal for international flights, while Sundays are a big no-no.
Book flights in advance to save on year-end airfare. Travelling during the holiday season? We all know that these flights are notoriously expensive, but you can still score a more affordable price tag when you book during a ‘dead zone’. These ‘slow’ periods typically occur after the first week of January, in September, and during the first two weeks of November and December – most airlines will be slashing ticket prices, so don’t forget to keep a lookout.
Sign up for airline newsletters. Yes, junk mail can be annoying, but not when it alerts you to the latest (and sometimes limited) promotions from your favourite airlines. We’ll gladly make an exception for dibs on the best perks!
Can cards be better than cash?
Yes, you can go cashless and receive the best exchange rates overseas (hurrah!) Here’s how. The DBS Multi-Currency Account lets you purchase up to 12 different foreign currencies anytime, and you can then lock in the rates by transferring the funds into your MCA account. Simply pay with your DBS Visa debit card in the currency of your choice without racking up foreign exchange conversion fees or additional administrative costs. Find out more here.
Is there a way to snag the best accommodation deals?
It pays to check out these hotel booking sites – Expedia, Agoda and Hotels.com not only provide a one-stop portal for the latest promotions, DBS cardholders can also enjoy exclusive discounts and privileges on top of these deals.
Join a hotel loyalty program. This one’s for frequent flyers, or those who can’t fathom roughing it out at an Airbnb. For example, regular guests of the Marriott are privy to complimentary stays with no blackout dates when they have accumulated enough points. Here’s to the suite life!
This article is sponsored by DBS Bank