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Take a Spontaneous Trip with Credit Card Rewards

If you’ve been building up credit card rewards, one of the best ways to use your reward points is to take a spontaneous trip. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, with a bit of planning and strategy, you can take a spontaneous trip that gives you a much-needed recharge without dipping too deeply into your savings.

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Here are some of the best travel strategies to use when booking your spontaneous trip:

Use Online Travel Booking Sites to Find Last-Minute Deals

You might think that the best airfares and hotel prices are booked months or weeks in advance, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes you can get the best airfares or hotel deals at the last minute. Cruise lines in particular are famous for cutting prices to fill cabins before departure.

Check your favorite online travel booking sites for last-minute deals; many sites offer deeper discounts if you are flexible about your airline departure times and layovers, or if you’re willing to book a hotel based on price and star-level rating alone, without seeing the actual identity of your hotel until after your purchase.

Be Flexible With Your Dates

Sometimes you can save hundreds of dollars on airfare if you adjust your travel dates by just a few days — for example by traveling Tuesday–Thursday instead of on the weekend, or by coming home from your trip a day later or a day earlier than you had originally planned.

If you are willing to make a short visit and can be flexible on your travel times, you might save big money by being open to traveling on the dates when the airlines have the best fares. And it’s more fun to travel on the less-busy travel dates anyway. For example, if you visit a big city on weekdays, the museums and attractions are often less crowded or even lower priced.

Be Open to Possibility

Is there somewhere you’ve been wanting to go — maybe in your home state or within driving distance from your home city — that you’ve never made time to visit? Save money on airfare by taking a short road trip. Or consider a place that’s off the beaten path — sometimes it’s more fun to try an underrated destination instead of one of the usual overpriced tourist-centric locations. You can save money and have a special experience all at the same time.

Check the Fine Print on Your Travel Rewards

Depending on what kind of rewards credit card you use, you might get a special deal for flying a certain airline or staying at a specific hotel chain. Check to see if you get any extra bonuses for booking your travel through certain companies — and make sure you don’t run afoul of any limitations or restrictions that could cost you money. Read up on the details before you book, to get as much “mileage” out of your rewards points as possible.

Don’t Try to Do Too Much

One of the fun aspects of a spontaneous trip is that it gives you a chance to focus your travel experience on one particular goal, whether that’s “relax at the beach” or “visit an unknown city” or “enjoy a yoga retreat” or “see a live performance” or “take a cooking class” or “eat at an amazing restaurant.”

Give yourself plenty of time to rest and recover from travel, and don’t try to pack too much activity into each day of the trip; you might have happier memories from your vacation if you just focus on one or two must-see destinations or favorite activities each day, instead of trying to overdo it. After all, you don’t want to come home from vacation feeling like you already need another vacation!

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