Get Out AND Save from Discover Card

A couple weeks ago our family attended a lunch at Six Flags with Discover.  (If you missed my post you can check it out here.) While we had a delicious meal and yummy ice cream treats, they went over some great tips to help save on summer travel.  I know summer is coming to close but I know this is also the time that many families like to grab that last chance to travel before school starts.  Whether you’re heading out long distance or taking a STAYcation, these tips could help you make the most of your dollars!

Whether you’re looking to travel upstate, cross-country or across town for a summer vacation, smart planning and spending is a must-do. 
Check out these three easy, real-life ways to save actual cash.
1) Make your credit cards work for you. Take advantage of benefits and rewards like:

  • ShopDiscover.com
    • Extra Cashback Bonus available when you book travel through the site 
      • 15% Cashback Bonus with Groupon, which now offers Groupon Getaways 
      • 5% Cashback Bonus with Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz 
      • 5% Cashback Bonus with Hotels.com, Sandals and Palace Resorts 
      • 5% Cashback Bonus with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess and Norwegian cruise lines
      • 5% Cashback Bonus with Enterprise and Dollar Rent a Car
    • Free shipping from many merchants
  •  Quarterly Cashback Bonus categories
    • July-September: 5% Cashback Bonus on gas, hotels, movies and theme parks
    • October-December: 5% Cashback Bonus on restaurants, department stores, clothing stores
  • Utilize instant discounts
    • Six Flags offers 5% instant discount anywhere in the park

2) Take advantage of exclusive discounts. You can receive discounts from your credit card as well as from take advantage of other discounts and promotions offered directly from retailers.

  •  Bed Bath & Beyond Coupons
  •  AAA member discounts

3) Do a little digging. Save at the pump:

  • Use websites like GasPriceWatch.com and GasBuddy.com to find the best gas prices either at your current location or your destination.
  • Track your car’s fuel efficiency
    • Keep tires properly inflated
    • Use air conditioning sparingly
Save more on travel expenses:

  • Resist the temptation to book the first good deal you find and instead compare prices through sites like hotels.com, Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz
  • Look for online coupon codes
  • Call a hotel directly and simply ask for a discounted rate

Thanks again to Chicagonista and Discover for including us in this great event.

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