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June 19, 2024

5 Smart Ways to Save Money During Summer Travel 2024

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Summer is the perfect time to explore new destinations and create lasting memories. With summer vacation out and temperature soaring, it’s your time to plunge into that long-awaited trip to your dream destination. This year, people’s desire to travel has surged, fuelled by rising demand for regional tourism and the growing wanderlust among middle-class individuals. However, as travel expenses can quickly add up, it becomes essential to find ways to save money without compromising your experience. Here are some smart tips to help you stretch your travel budget this summer.

1. Plan Ahead and Book Early

One of the best ways to save money on travel is to plan and book your trip early. Airlines and hotels often offer early bird discounts for travellers who book well in advance. By planning ahead, you can take advantage of these deals and secure lower prices. You can visit websites like Paytm Travel, Cleartrip, Ease My Trip, Yatra, Ixigo among others to catch on the best discounts.

If you have a credit card, use it for hassle-free payments, from booking flights and accommodations to dining at restaurants and shopping while travelling, this is one payment tool that not only offers convenience but is more secure rather carrying loads of cash.

2. Be Flexible with Travel Dates

Flexibility with your travel dates can lead to significant savings. Traveling during off-peak times, such as weekdays or shoulder seasons, can result in lower airfare and accommodation costs. Use fare comparison tools like “Savings Generator” by Skyscanner to find average monthly prices and the best times to book for popular destinations and suggestions for cheaper alternatives.

 3. Maximize Travel Savings with Credit Card Rewards, Cashback, and Discounts

To save on your travels, consider applying for a new credit card that offers Smart EMI benefit to convert your travel spends into affordable EMIs that you can pay later using available EMI tenures, ranging from 6 to 36 months. Additionally, take advantage of the travel benefits your credit cards provide, such as airport lounge access, reduced forex mark-up, concierge services, and other complimentary services. Travel credit cards often come with excellent rewards programs, enabling you to earn points or cashback on every rupee you spend. Be on the lookout for exclusive travel deals and discounts. For instance, Ease My Trip is having an anniversary sale from June 8th to June 11th, 2024 while Air India is also hosting offer from 7th June to 28th June, 2024.

Find here the offers you can tap on:

1. Ease My Trip Anniversary Sale:

– Domestic Flights: Flat 14% off up to ₹2024.

– International Flights: Flat 10% off up to ₹7500.

– Domestic Hotels: Flat 25% off up to ₹5000 (minimum booking amount ₹1000).

– International Hotels: Flat 25% off up to ₹10,000 (minimum booking amount ₹2000).

– Bus: Flat 15% off up to ₹500.

– Train: Flat 10% off up to ₹50 (minimum booking amount ₹500).

– Cab: Flat 12% off up to ₹500 (minimum booking amount ₹700).

Use the coupon code EMT16and pay with your BOBCARD to avail these discounts.

2. Air India:

– Domestic Flights: Flat ₹ 500 off using promo code: BOBDOM500

– International Flights: Flat ₹ 2000 off using promo code: BOBINT2000

– Offer will be applicable only on Friday For Mastercard and Visa BOBCARD.

Additionally, Paytm Travel, Ixigo, Adani One, and Yatra also offers enticing discounts on domestic and international bookings when you use BOBCARD.

Another advantage of using credit card while travelling is emergency assistance during your travels, such as a lost or stolen credit card, contact your credit card issuer immediately to report the issue and request assistance. Most credit card companies offer 24/7 customer support and can provide you with a replacement card or emergency cash advance if needed. This way, you shall remain protected financially throughout your journey.

 4. Look for Free Activities

Many destinations offer a variety of free activities and attractions. Research free museums, parks, festivals, and walking tours in the area you’re visiting. These activities can provide enriching experiences without costing a dime.  

5. Travel Light

Avoid extra baggage fees by packing light. Most airlines charge for checked luggage, so try to travel with just a carry-on bag. This not only saves money but also makes your travel experience more convenient and hassle-free.

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