get cheaper travel with cashback sites
If you're not already familiar with cashback sites it's worth giving them a go.
You simply sign-up for free and search for the goods or service you want to buy (or the website you want to buy from).
When you click on the merchant's website link (eg. Expedia) the cashback site tracks your visit, and if you complete a sale according to their rules you will, in time, receive some cash back as a percentage of your purchase.
I have accounts with Quidco
(sign up with this link for a £10 bonus)
(sign up with this link for a £7.50 bonus).
Just before I book a hotel room (or any online purchase) I do a quick search on each to find out the best cashback. Last month there was a deal for Travelodge in Wales–10% off. I was about to book anyway, but by clicking on my cashback account first, then booking, I got £6 back on our £60 room. Not bad for less than a minute’s work on my phone.
I find the hotel chains offer the best cashback, but if they don’t have one (or it’s a low percentage) sometimes the larger booking services such as Expedia and e-bookers will give you a few pounds back.
Small returns for little effort–that do add up over time.
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