How to Find Luxury Travel Bargains Updated: 05.01.2018
Thanks to Fisher Investments for sponsoring this opportunity to share our luxury travel bargain tips with you. All opinions are our own.
Luxury travel is the way that Alan and I like to explore the world. We’ve clinked champagne glasses more times than we can count as a luxury cruise ship leaves port. In Shanghai, we sat in the bed of our luxury hotel room and pointed the remote control toward the window to raise the automatic shades on another day of exotic adventure. And there’s nothing better than waking up in a private cabin on a Montana dude ranch—voted the world’s best hotel—knowing that a gourmet breakfast is waiting for us in the dining room followed by a day of adventure.
How do Alan and I afford to travel in luxury? After years of working hard for our money, we’re reaping the benefits of smart financial strategies like the ones we find in Fisher Investments Retirement Planning Guide. Besides putting our money to work with retirement budgeting and investment planning, we put our travel dollars to work by looking for luxury travel bargains. After all, who doesn’t want to make the most of their savings? Here’s how we do it:
Know when to go
- Traveling during shoulder season offers the best luxury travel bargains. Timing a trip immediately before or after prime travel season at a destination brings the cost down, sometimes dramatically. Enjoying luxury without the crowds is an added bonus.
- For luxury cruises, repositioning itineraries offer the best deal. Fares are often priced at 2 for 1—be prepared for plenty of sea days.
- A flexible schedule allows us to take advantage of last minute luxury travel bargains. How do we find them? By signing up for emails from our favorite travel companies, our inbox sees a steady stream of offers.
Know where to look
- Before booking a mainline cruise with add-on charges for water, alcohol, tips and more, compare the fare to those of all-inclusive luxury cruises that fold those amenities into one price. You’ll also want to compare the size of the cabin and if a balcony is included. If the cost is still too steep, look for a shorter itinerary on the luxury line. Or book a premium cabin on the mainline cruise that offers additional perks.
- Save money on international business class fares by purchasing tickets from gateway cities. We book a domestic round-trip ticket to arrive at the gateway city a day ahead just in case there are routing problems with the domestic flight. This is especially helpful if, like us, you travel from a second or third tier airport.
- Treat yourself to luxury close to home by learning about resorts, boutique hotels and guest lodges in your area. Apply the money you saved on transportation costs, to a luxury lodging experience. Don’t forget to sign up for emails to learn about special offers.
Know whom to ask
- Use a luxury travel agent who is an expert in the type of travel or destination that you’re seeking. Their advice will save you money as well as keep you from making expensive mistakes like choosing a cruise cabin in a bad location on the ship.
- Chose an agent who belongs to Virtuoso or another luxury travel network for access to upgrades, unannounced sales and other perks.
- To be the first to know about luxury travel bargains, sign up for email notifications from hotel, cruise and airline loyalty programs.
- Go to the source, especially when booking accommodations. Reserve directly through the hotel and be sure to ask if upgrades are available. If you don’t score the first time, ask again when checking in at your destination.
Even if you’re not a luxury traveler, our strategies will help you find the best value for your trip.
Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Fisher Investments.