By Terry Gardner, Special to Tribune Newspapers
7:37 PM EDT, September 24, 2013
Coupons aren't just for groceries: Use them for big travel savings.
Whenever I search for travel coupons online, retailmenot.com is always in the mix. You might as well make visiting travel-coupon sites part of your trip planning.
"Friends at Orbitz, Priceline, Expedia and Travelocity recently told me that customers can save an average of $200 to $500 by booking a customized package, based on double occupancy and an average stay of four nights," said Brian Hoyt, communications director for RetailMeNot. Flag icons on the Web page link to sister sites in Germany, France and the Netherlands and with vouchercodes.co.uk in the United Kingdom.
Though travel deals might be highlighted on its home page, just click on Browse by Categories, then click on Travel. Also click on Food, and up come restaurant coupons. A search for "restaurants" will lead to RetailMeNot's partner, restaurant.com, a site Hoyt recommends. Broadwaybox.com is a good site for theater discounts in many cities, including London and New York.
Stephanie Nelson, the CouponMom (couponmom.com), said she starts with a Google search. "For a rental car, I might type 'budget rental car coupon' to find the best coupon," said Nelson, who also recommends taking grocery store coupons on vacation. Couponmom.com specializes in grocery coupons but includes travel discounts. Click on the Online Coupons tab, then search for travel to bring up travel offers.
Couponmountain.com and couponcabin.com also offer travel coupons.
Last year livingsocial.com and groupon.com began offering time-sensitive travel deals for specific destinations. Livingsocial.com "Escapes" are available for 14 days after being announced. Groupon Getaway deals through Expedia are launched weekly and typically run 10 to 14 days.
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