Even the most frugal of travellers amongst us does more than just dream about one day enjoying the full royal travelling experience. Consequently, we spend around the better part of a year or more saving towards that one getaway on which we can enjoy a bit more comfort and luxury without having to worry about how much it costs. It’s a lot closer than you think though with the right planning and some clever tactics deployed in your current approach to your regular travels.
Book well in advance
One of the slickest tricks you can use to make sure your planned higher-end trip will go ahead is booking well in advance. This way you give yourself ample time to discipline yourself enough to save up all the money you’ll need, but you also take full advantage of the effects of inflation. The price you’ll be quoted today for the same room you might otherwise book a night before you actually go will be much, much lower.
Use a specified selection of travel booking services
There are many different ways through which one can book their plane tickets, accommodation and anything else to do with travelling. You miss out on an opportunity to become a regular customer of any one or more of the associated booking services if you’re not consistent with a selection of a few you use repeatedly. This is how one gets notified of special promos which could very well even land you complimentary perks like an extra night at a luxury joint you’re already planning to visit.
Limit your booking channels to two or three, covering accommodation, travel fare and entertainment.
Join loyalty & rewards programmes
This is a more active way of putting yourself in line to perhaps enjoy jetting off on your royal getaway a lot sooner than originally planned as loyalty and rewards programmes earn you points you can eventually redeem for all manner of rewards.
Compare prices constantly
I guess we’re revisiting the use of a specified selection of travel and booking services with this one, but it also incorporates the loyalty and rewards programmes you’re encouraged to join. Comparing prices constantly will have you soon enjoying use of the skill of being able to time your bookings perfectly to coincide with the best prices they’ll ever be available at. The best United Kingdom hotels vary in their prices per room, per night for example and this applies to even the most exclusive of hotels to be enjoyed as part of your periodic royal travelling experience.
So if you constantly jump onto these online booking platforms at random times to compare the prices you’ll be quoted, you’ll begin to get a feel for when the best time to complete the booking will be. For some reason some budget online ticket booking agencies will quote you markedly reduced prices if you’re running your search between midnight and 4 a.m., for example.
Put all of these practices together and you might even be lucky enough to receive a tailored offer to perhaps switch your dates around for your planned getaway and still enjoy the full experience at a markedly reduced price. This often happens as a result of having booked super early and having been quoted a low price for what are otherwise peak occupancy seasons.