This Week’s Top 10 Budget Travel Deals

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The Budget Diet Girl’s money-saving travel wisdom…deal first, destination second. It simply means, don’t get your heart set on a destination and then look for deals that might not exist. Reverse your thinking and get excited about a deal first!

Got it?

Show me the deals Budget Diet Girl!

When it comes to searching for deals, the traditional travel sites are a good starting point, but try a few of these unconventional ways to save money on travel like Groupon Getaways, discounted gift cards, cash back for travel or be spontaneous with last minute travel deals!

This week, CardCash.com has discounted gift cards American Airlines (5% off), Southwest (5% off), United Airlines (5% off) plus huge savings on hotel gift cards like Choice Hotels (12% off), Fairmont Hotels (10% off), Four Seasons (11% off), Hyatt (8% off), Marriott (6% off). Snatch up these discounted gift cards now to save on your next getaway or summer vacation. It’s no-brainer instant savings.
 

Groupon: Stay at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas in Las Vegas, with Dates into December, from $45

 

Groupon:3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-Night All-Inclusive Stay at Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Incl. Taxes & Fees, 64% off!

 

Groupon: Stay with Wi-Fi and Optional Parking or Breakfast at Warwick Seattle Hotel in Seattle, 24% off!

 

Groupon: 4- or 7-Night All-Inclusive Stay at The Sonesta Great Bay Beach & Casino in St. Maarten. Includes Taxes & Fees, 62% off!

 
Hotels.com Weekly Last Minute Deal in Chicago! Visit the windy city with hotels starting at $50! Book by 8/10/14, Travel by 8/31/14
 
Hotels.com Weekly Last Minute Deal: 3 star Hotels in Las Vegas from $40! Book by 7/31/14, Travel by 10/31/14
 
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Earn Cash Back for Travel!
Here’s just a small sampling of the current Cash Back Travel Deals from Ebates. Don’t forget, in addition to cash back, you’ll also discover coupon codes to save you even more money on travel.

  • Hotels.com – 4.25% cash back
  • Orbitz – up to 5.25% cash back
  • Travelocity – up to 10% cash back
  • Avis – 2.5%
  • Budget Rent-A-Car – 3%
  • Choice Hotels – 3.5%
  • Comfort Inn – 3.5%
  • Dollar Rent-A-Car – 4.5%
  • Econo Lodge – 3.5%
  • Expedia – up to 5%
  • Gray Line Tours New York – 7.5%
  • Groupon Getaways – 3%
  • Priceline – up to 5%
  • Harrah’s Las Vegas, Atlantic City & Reno – 2.5%
  • Quality Inn – 3.5%
  • Radisson – 3.5%
  • Rodeway Inn – 3.5%
  • Sleep Inn – 3.5%
  • Thrifty Car Rental – 4.5%

Cash Back from Ebates – it just makes sense! Start all your summer travel plans on Ebates.com

Remember…deal first, destination second!

Happy Savings & Happy Travels!

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9 comments

  1. Kristl /

    So glad to hear that you use Ebates to save on travel! The Groupon travel deals are great, but you have to be open minded about your travel destination…as I say, “deal first, destination second!”

  2. Definitely love booking through eBates! So much money can be saved and earned there! Haven’t tried Groupon or Living Social for travel deals far away but the ones we’ve done within driving distance have been great!

  3. Simply wanna admit that this is handy , Thanks for taking your time to write this. “Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars.” by Fred Allen.

  4. Always loved deals on traveling! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kristl /

    I’m hooked on these deal sites, and I’m thrilled they’re getting into the travel business! As I always say…”deal first, destination second.” Don’t get your heart set on a certain destination, instead get excited about a great travel deal.

  6. Checkout livingsocial.com (it’s just like groupon) for more great deals!

  7. Love your story & the happy ending! Deal first, destination second is a huge money savings, but you have to have an open mind!

  8. One of our best trips was found through deal first, travel second. We’d planned a trip to Rome, the boys were 21 and 16, two special years, so we were going to take them as a gift. The oldest was/is in the military and just couldn’t get the time (he was in the states and had vacation time) because of training. Hubby and I had been, and loved it, but wanted to try something new and save a second trip to Rome for when the boys could join us. We looked around and found a GREAT deal (1/4 of the price of our Rome vacation) to Prague in the Czech Republic. What a great vacation it turned out to be!!!

    Sooo…long story short, lol (too late for that, I know), I totally agree that keeping an open mind can lead to a really great vacation. Great advice!

  9. Some great finds here! Thanks so much. It’s nice to have a bunch to choose from together in one place.

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