Everyone loves a weekend getaway, and they’re even better when you can save some cash along the way. In late October a friend and I decided to make a quick trip to the Canadian Rockies. Here are three ways we were able to save:
1. Travel Points
As you know, flying within Canada can get pretty expensive, and travel points are a great way to save some money off a flight. I had accumulated some BMO credit card points during the past year that were expiring, so my flight from London, Ontario to Calgary, Alberta that should have cost $550, was only $150!
In Calgary we stayed at the downtown Marriott for free from points as well. This complimentary stay is given away just for signing up for the Chase Marriott Mastercard, which also has a 0% foreign transaction fee, so it’s great to use abroad. It was so nice to stay in a beautiful, modern hotel right across from the Calgary tower at no cost.
2. Shop Around
Be sure to research and compare costs for transportation. We needed to get from Calgary to Banff, so with some digging, my friend found that it was much more affordable to rent a car from the airport the day we were going to Banff, than to get it a day early and pay for hotel parking, or to have picked it up downtown. With gas and an extra driver, the Budget standard rental car only cost us $47.50 each for two full days. We both had existing insurance, so we didn’t need to pay extra for their coverage.
If you are going somewhere to visit friends, ask if they have access to any friends/family discounts. In Banff a friend was able to get us a discount at a great hotel, which saved us about another $100 each.
Also, your credit card might offer you discounts on various services as well. The last and final savings of my trip happened at the airport. With the BMO Elite Mastercard, you get a Priority Pass, which gives you free access to airport lounges five times a year. Before I hoped on my flight, I headed to the lounge for some free lunch. While at the airport I also signed up for the WestJet World Elite Mastercard. Hoping to receive it soon so that I can start to plan Spring trips!
Since we used points and found some discounts, we were able to spend a bit more on having a good time! Have you used credit card points for travel? Do you have any other travel money-saving tips?
Although it’s always rewarding to get a discount on travel, you really can’t put a price on these views:
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