A money-saving experiment: How much could you really save on travel?
By Aimee Heckel
A famous editor phrase is to “show, don’t tell” a story. In other words, don’t tell the reader that you are sad. Describe the feeling of the tears dripping down your cheeks.
OK, not to get all emo or anything.
But we’ve decided to employ that same technique, in honor of National Coupon Month. An experiment, if you will. How much money can coupons, sales and Cash Back really save you on your next vacation?
The task: A family vacation to Mexico. Let’s say your family of four is planning a vacation to Mexico this winter.
The provider: Expedia.com (because it had a best-price guarantee).
Quote 1: Buying separately, not on sale, no coupons.
Simply going to Expedia.com, selecting two adults and two children from Denver to Cancun Nov. 1-8, the cheapest roundtrip airfare tickets are $551.37 per person on United, not counting bags, taxes and all that. Total airfare: $2,205.48.
The average price for a four-star hotel in Cancun is $255 per night during this time period, according to Expedia.com, or $1,785 for the week.
A car rental for seven days in Cancun is $18 per day, or $158 total, through National car rental.
Your total cost of this vacation (not counting food and entertainment): $4,148.48
Quote 2: Shopping the sales.
We already picked the lowest airfare price (above): $2,205.48.
Expedia.com’s Advance Purchase Special of the four-star Westin in Cancun would give you that luxury hotel for just $109 per night, down from $159 per night, on average. That’s $763 for the week.
By shopping Expedia’s rental car deals, you can get a standard car through Fox for just $6 per day, or $48 total.
Bottom line: By simply shopping hotel sales, you could save about $1,132 on your vacation.
Quote 3: Booking everything together.
On Expedia.com’s coupon page, it claims to save you hundreds if you book a package deal: airfare, hotel and rental car. But is it true?
We booked it all together Expedia found us a beautiful, three-star hotel, with airfare and a rental car, at $617 per person for the whole trip, or $2,465 total. That’s an additional savings of $551.48.
Quote 4: More. More. More savings.
We’ve already divided the costs for this trip in half. Can we save more?
ShopAtHome.com offers 7.5 percent Cash Back on Expedia.com purchases. That’s an additional $184.87 in savings — for doing nothing other than being redirected from ShopAtHome.com’s webpage to Expedia’s page.
With the Cash Back, it brings this Mexico vacation for your family of four to only $2,280.13 total.
And that doesn’t even count the more than 50 coupons and deals at ShopAtHome.com’s Expedia coupon page. For example: Save up to 50 percent off Mexico Beach Break at Oasis Hotel.
The final verdict?
The original cost for a family vacation to Mexico: $4,148.48
Your final cost, after shopping the sales, booking it all together and using Cash Back: $2,280.13.
The total potential savings: $1,868.35
Heck, that’s almost enough to book a second family vacation.
Want to learn more?
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