Last-minute tips to save on holiday trips

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Let's face it, the holidays can get expensive! Here are five tips to help you save on your holiday travels this season:

Travel light

Many airlines charge a fee to check bags these days, so you’ll save big by sticking to the overhead bins. If you need several outfit changes at your destination, you’ll save by shipping your luggage (and doing the same with any gifts you might be tempted to tote along).

Scour social media

Check out discount travel websites that monitor airlines and hotels for the best deals for your destination. Try tracking these money-saving sites on social media for real-time updates and last minute pop-up deals. The more discount sites, airlines, hotels and travel companies you follow, the better your chances at snagging that celebration-dance-worthy deal.

Book during prime times

Typically Sunday is the best day to purchase airfare, with tickets an average of $65 cheaper than those purchased on Tuesdays. If your schedule can swing it, traveling on a red-eye or on an early morning flight on the holiday itself will likely save you some cash.

Think outside the hotel

You can save big bucks by bunking in less orthodox accommodations. Try using a home-rental website to find lodging offered by private property owners. Unlike traditional hotels, these digs usually have appliances like refrigerators and stoves, so you can save even more by dining in.

Get high-tech

With so many smartphone apps at your fingertips, travel planning and saving is only a swipe away! Scroll through the top-rated and most popular travel apps right now to help save you money and unnecessary stress. That way you can focus more of your time on enjoying the holiday season.

Plan for holiday travel

When you feel financially confident, the only thing to worry about is what to pack. Check out the Holiday Confidence Guide, and learn more ways you can save this season.

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