Summer is coming, and it’s about to be lit! Well, that is if you can get your travel plans together now. There’s more to this travel game than simply booking a flight and plotting formation photos. Figuring out how to get the most bang for your buck can be just as confusing as deciding where to go. That’s why ESSENCE is sharing a few of our favorite travel newsletters that will help you maximize your coins and stay on top of the best travel deals, so that you can travel fly, not broke, this summer.
The Points Hustle
When it comes to the art of the points and miles hustle, Brian Kelly aka The Points Guy is an O.G. Whether you need to keep up with the latest loyalty program changes, figure out which business class flights are worth your miles, choose the best travel credit card or just need the basics on how to get started, the TPG newsletter will teach you how to be a smarter traveler with daily points strategies, customized alerts and more.
The Flight Trinity
The most expensive part of traveling is often the getting there. Some of the most sought after bucket list destinations can have flight price tags well over $1000, depending on where you live or when you want to go. To avoid the pain of sticker shock, make sure to keep your eyes, and email, on the big three – The Flight Deal, Secret Flying and Airfarewatchdog. These sites are the best of the best when it comes to keeping travelers up-to-date on the latest flight deals. Remember the great Etihad glitch of 2014? These guys had it first, so trust that from Miami to Madagascar, if there’s a deal for it, they’ll find it.
The Hotel Insiders
Where you choose to lay your head can make or break a trip – and your wallet. If you want hotels with priceless views and budget friendly rates, look no further than Jetsetter. These hotel gurus know all the hotel hotspots and pack their newsletter full of exclusive deals and discounts that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Their newsletters also have helpful travel guides to thousands of destinations, so you’ll know what to do after you check in.
The One Stop Shop
Sometimes the best deals come in packages, and Groupon has them by the ton. Whether you’re looking to go on a family getaway to Cancun or a baecation to Bali, sign up for Groupon’s newsletter to get daily offers on air-inclusive packages to the hottest destinations. Imagine getting to explore Morocco for nine days, for just $1500? Looking for activities outside of the ones included in your package? Sign up for Groupon newsletters from your destination to get deals on activities, spa treatments, dining and more, delivered to your inbox before you even leave home.