Complete guide to cheap luxury travel

To kickstart your travel plans and act on your New Year’s resolutions, I’ve compiled a series of posts to help you maximize your travel budget.

When should you book your flights? Which websites are best to search for hotels or flights? Is really best price guaranteed? Which miles are best?

There are so many simple tricks that anyone can use, you just need to know about them! The more you know, the more money you can potentially save and whether you use the term travel savvy, budget friendly or even ‘travel hacking’, it’s about getting the most ‘bang for your buck’.

Here you can find blog posts on popular topics such as finding cheap luxury hotels, free travel, flying business class or First class, using points for hotels, earning miles, …

This post will be a “sticky” and I will add all links & a brief description here to serve as a complete guide to cheap luxury travel. Alternatively, you can also check the category “travel tips”.

1. Free nights at hotels (link) 

Websites often display “Best Price Guarantee”! But what does this mean? You can get 10% – 25% off of the lower rate or even a free night at a luxury hotel! Suites included! Who doesn’t like spending a complimentary night in a luxurious suite?

2. Best travel deal websites (link)

What are the must follow travel deal websites? You can follow these on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, sign up for emails or add the RSS feed to your Feedly account. Some deals are only available for a limited time!

3. Hotels 101 – the basics (link) 

Did you know that anyone can benefit from loyalty programs? You don’t have to be a ‘road warrior’ and stay 50 night per year in hotels! They can be extremely valuable if you leverage promotions and deals correctly, even if you only stay once or twice. You could save money during ‘private sales’, enjoy discounts or extra benefits during your stay. Join the loyalty program from free, earn points and use them for luxury hotels that otherwise wouldn’t have fit your travel budget.

4. Use HotelTonight for last-minute deals (link)

If you have last-minute travel plans, HotelTonight might be perfect for you! They offer some sweet deals and first time users can get a €20 discount!

5. Which OTA website should you use to book your hotel reservations? (link)

If you’re not staying at hotels such as Sheraton, Marriott, Hyatt, Crowne Plaza, … should you book direct on the hotel’s website? Should you use an Online Travel Agency (OTA) such as Expedia, or Orbitz? Find out which sites give you the best deal!

6. Cashback websites for hotels or flights (link)

By keeping track of promotions, doing a price comparison or reading the any of the other blog posts here, you already know quite a few tricks to find the best price for your hotel or flights. But are you using cashback websites as well? Get up to 10% cashback!

8. How to save money on flights? (link)

Using a few simple tricks & expert advice, you can easily save tens or hundreds of euros on your next flight. Here are three tips you may not know about: metasearch, Wikipedia & location.

9. Flights 101 – the basics (link)

You don’t have to be a frequent flyer to be able to earn a lot of miles! You can use miles for flights in business class or First class! Or even for economy class flights to save a lot of money! A list of +6 frequent flyer programs you should absolutely join! The good vs bad and some great examples on how to use your miles.

10. Tips & tricks for cheap business class & First class flights (link)

Tips & tricks, including examples, how you can fly in business class or even in First class for only a fraction of what a ticket would cost otherwise!

These topics are discussed from a European point-of-view and benefit all types of travellers from complete rookies to the more experienced globetrotters.

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