Five best budget travel websites

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No one likes to spend more than they have to on travel and these five websites can help you get the best deals on flights, hotels and those little luxury extras.

Get the most from your points
Frequent flyer points are great – if you have enough of them to do anything worthwhile. With most of the major shopping giants now offering an affiliation to a frequent flyer program, you don’t need to fly regularly to rack up points. But how do you make the most of what you have? Ask the experts, that is, those who fly frequently enough to know the ins and outs of all the programs available.

Luxury on a budget
Many of us can only dream of travelling on the Orient Express or dining at The Ritz, but luxury travel on a tight budget is achievable. These handy guides point out the best places to stay, eat and visit in cities worldwide, as well as how you can get that taste of luxury for little or free.

Interstate transport concessions
Travelling around Australia is a terrific way to see the best of this great country and thanks to the Nationwide Seniors Transport Concession, accessing public transport at concession fares, and sometimes free, is possible wherever you go. Find out what discounts are offered by each state and territory.

Get the best deals
Get someone else to do the hard work and negotiate the deals on your behalf. Find the best travel deals on the market, all in one place, making it easy for you to maximise your budget. Package deals are usually offered, but you will find cheap flights and hotel rooms in the mix. You can search by location and type of deal.

Get your accommodation free
Loyalty does pay with many hotel chains offering free nights to those who book frequently. If you don’t want to be tied to one chain or prefer independent hotels, there are websites which offer the same type of deal; book 10 nights, get your next night free.

Written by Debbie McTaggart


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