Five Money-Saving Travel Resolutions to Make

Vow to take these steps to get more bang for your travel buck.

Traveling can be expensive -- but it doesn't have to be. There are a multitude of ways to keep costs down when you're on the road, in the air or on the high seas. So if you plan to travel this year, here are five resolutions you should make to make your getaways more affordable.

Never pay full price for a hotel. There are a slew of Web sites and mobile apps devoted to helping travelers score discounted rooms. These sites also make it easy to compare rates at several hotels. So start your search for a room at sites such as GetaRoom, Hipmunk,, Last Minute Travel or Priceline. Then go directly to hotels' sites to see if they're offering discounts of their own -- such as advanced-booking discounts for rooms booked at least two weeks in advance of a stay. If you're booking a room at the last minute, take advantage of flash sales at sites such as Expedia and, which shows deals from several flash sale sites. See How to Get the Best Deal on a Hotel for more tips. You also can join hotels' loyalty programs to earn points every time you stay at their properties that can be redeemed for free nights. All of the major hotel chains have programs, and Stash Hotel Rewards offers members who stay at any of the nearly 200 participating independent inns, resorts and boutique hotels the ability to earn points for free nights. Or sign up for a hotel-branded rewards credit card to earn points when you make everyday purchases that can be redeemed for free stays. See our picks for hotel rewards cards that pay.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.