Travel savings strategies shouldn't stop once you've secured a decent airfare and hotel rate. What you do at your destination—from dining out to visiting local attractions—can often be cheaper with a little planning.
Take some of your regular smart-shopping strategies on the road, said Trae Bodge, senior lifestyle editor for RetailMeNot.com. For example, if your family favors chain restaurants or has travel plans including a movie or spa day, picking up discounted gift cards is a smart strategy, she said. GiftCardGranny.com aggregates offers from different providers, with discounts ranging as high as 30 percent, depending on the brand.
Comparison shop online to see if you can find promotions for the attractions you want to visit, said Gabe Saglie, senior editor for deal site Travelzoo. Amusement parks in particular tend to offer online-only deals to shoppers who buy before they arrive. For example, at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, single tickets are as much as $20 cheaper online, while Web sales at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, knock $12 off the gate price.
Other tourist spots, tours and restaurants may have discount vouchers available through local deal sites like Groupon, Amazon Local, Travelzoo and Gilt City. LivingSocial, for example, has 38 percent off deals for a bus tour/paid-museum pass combo in Washington, D.C.