Revenge Travel 2022: How to save money on vacation this year


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    The 2021 summer travel season may have cut short or failed to meet expectations when COVID-19 returned in full force with the Delta variant, but retaliatory travel is back in force in 2022.

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    Travel research site Skyscanner has discovered that summer 2022 flight reservations for US travelers increased 600% between January and February 2022, Vice President of Strategy Naomi Hahn told Conde Nast Traveler.

    Travelers who booked early were smart, saving perhaps 53% compared to 2019 prices. With the war in Ukraine and rising gas prices, travel costs have skyrocketed in the past few months, but it’s not too late to save, experts say. Here are some tips on how to do that.

    Choose your destination wisely

    The cost of your trip depends largely on your travel destination, how you get there, and where you stay while you are there. AirBNB or VRBO rentals are often cheaper, especially if you choose to rent a single room in a larger home, according to the blog Cheapism.com.

    Choosing rural locations or locations off the beaten path can also reduce travel costs — and provide a unique experience you won’t find in a vacation destination like Hawaii or Orlando.

    cash in those miles

    If you’ve been hoarding frequent flyer miles or hotel points during the pandemic, now is the time to invest them, advises Motley Fool’s The Ascent. Using points can help reduce the overall costs of your trip, or even help you afford some extras or a second vacation.

    After all, revenge travel is all about showing off after depriving yourself of the experiences you love for so long.

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    Book with the right credit cards

    The best travel rewards credit cards offer flight insurance, lost baggage insurance, and airport lounge access. These perks can make your travels more enjoyable and give you peace of mind.

    Once you reach your destination, you may want to pull out a card, like the Bank of America Premium Rewards card that offers double (or more) rewards on restaurants, attractions, and experiences. For other purchases, you’ll need a card that rewards you for everyday spending to ensure you get points for every penny you spend on your trip.

    Some people find it helpful to make a list of reward points categories for each card, or even label each card with a sticky note so they know which card they’ll get for each purchase.

    Whatever you do, make sure you have the funds to cover those credit card bills when you get home. The higher interest fees erase the benefits of any cashback or reward points.

    Pay off debts first

    Of course, if you’re saddled with high-interest credit card debt or a salary-to-salary, you might want to put off booking that dream vacation until you have better control over your finances.

    However, do not give up on your dreams. You may be able to plan a shorter trip or a local vacation. Also consider converting high-interest debt to a 0% interest card, which saves a little extra money not only to pay off debts faster, but also for a trip before the end of summer.

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    About the author

    Dawn Allcot is a freelance writer and content marketing specialist specializing in finance, e-commerce, technology, and real estate. Her long list of publishing credits includes Bankrate, Lending Tree, and Chase Bank. She is the founder and owner of GeekTravelGuide.net, a travel, technology and entertainment website. She lives on Long Island, New York, with a real zoo that includes two cats, two kittens, and three lizards of different sizes and personalities—plus her two children and her husband. Find her on Twitter, DawnAllcot.