09 Aug 2023
10 Handy Travel Hacks For Cost Conscious Travellers
Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites launches NEW Early Bird Gets the Deal offer, plus 10 handy travel hacks to stretch your travel dollar further.
The cost of living is rising, but the desire to escape on holiday isn’t falling, so the expert team at Oaks Hotels, Resorts and Suites – the operator of over 55 properties across Australia and New Zealand – has shared its top tips to get the best bang for your holiday buck.
Savour that first ray of sun peaking over the horizon on your morning hike, score a delicious Danish before they run out from your local bakery or secure the best parking spot – good things happen to those who get in early, including the best deals at Oaks! Don’t worry, you don’t have to wake up early to secure a great rate, but you will want to book ahead and save!
The early bird catches…everything
Let’s face it, when it comes to saving money on travel, research and planning is key. Often, that means getting in early to look for early bird deals, lock in airfares in advance, and take advantage of offers on accommodation, especially if you’re looking for a preferred room or apartment type. Other key tips to secure maximum savings include using comparison websites to research airfares and car hire, taking leave mid-week instead of on weekends, booking non-refundable accommodation options if you’re confident your plans are locked and loaded, and flying at less popular times – like the crack of dawn!
Bigger can be budget-friendly
Forget the perception that more space always equals more dollars when it comes to accommodation. Oaks properties offer a range of studios, suites and villas with options including two, three and even four bedrooms, which deliver fantastic value for money and plenty of space for everyone to stretch out and stay in comfort. Of course, the benefits of larger digs go beyond the budget…like chilling out with a wine and a movie in the lounge room once the kids have gone to bed in their own room – with the door shut.
Avoid peak – try short and sweet
So, this one’s not rocket science. By travelling outside of peak season whenever possible, you’ll definitely enjoy access to the best possible prices, although some providers, including Oaks, do offer deals and discounts throughout the year, including during school holidays, so join the loyalty program or subscribe to stay in the loop. Creating your own long weekend or mid-week mini break is another terrific way to escape the everyday…without the crowds. Whether you can squeeze in three days or four, when you’re away from home it will feel like more than enough time to disconnect from work and reconnect with your family or friends – with the added bonus of cash in the kitty when you get home compared to a typical week-long stay.
Get more in the great outdoors
From coast to coast, Australia and New Zealand are full of nature-based holiday destinations where there’s plenty of free or low-cost activities for travellers of all ages and interests, so consider hitting beaches or the bush in locations outside the major centres for a value-packed stay. From beach days on the Sunshine Coast to rainforest hikes in Far North Queensland to spectacular sunsets in Broome, whale watching from the beach in Kingscliff or sand-dune sliding and fishing in Port Stephens, Oaks Hotels has plenty of properties outside city centre locations for those looking for a bit of R&R…without breaking the bank.
Save on snacks with pantry hacks
Have Coles groceries delivered to your room the day you arrive so you can save on snacks and keep hungry kids happy whether you’re watching a movie in your suite or coming back from an afternoon of pool play.
Dining in is the new going out – and lunch is the new dinner
Balancing the cost of eating out with easy dinners cooked in your in-room kitchen is a tried and tested method popular with Oaks guests who love making use of the well-equipped kitchens that make feeding he family as easy to manage as it is at home – just pump out a spaghetti bolognaise then pop the kids to bed and put your feet up with a wine on the balcony. Swapping breakfast out and about for cereal and toast saves time, money (and morning whingeing), and many savvy travellers choose to either pack lunch at home to take for the day’s exploring, or to eat lunch out and dinner in to avoid more expensive evening pricing.
Live like a local
By quizzing the hotel concierge or front desk team, you can uncover hidden gems, like local produce markets, value offers – such as kids eat free meals or weekly specials at pubs and clubs – as well as find out about the best free activities nearby, from walks and cycling tracks to museums and more.
Look for loyalty
By signing up to loyalty programs for hotels, car hire companies and airlines, you can often access member discounts, free upgrades, and be notified of any seasonal offers. For instance, Oaks DISCOVERY loyalty club members enjoy an instant 10% off all bookings, earn Discovery dollars for every stay and get access to exclusive member benefits.
If the budget is tight, pack light!
We all know checked baggage comes with added fees these days if flying is your transport mode of choice, and if you’re travelling as a family, those extras soon add up. Packing light doesn’t just save you money, it saves time at both ends – check in and baggage collection – and by booking accommodation with laundry facilities, which are available in most Oaks room types, you can stretch your holiday wardrobe further by washing as you go.
Early Bird Gets the Deal Offer
Book for future stays (at least 14 days prior to travel), and you’ll receive 15% OFF your Oaks stay! Plus, Oaks DISCOVERY members get an additional 10% OFF, so log in today so you can save up to 25%. Get the family sorted now for September school holidays or perhaps lock in that New Year break. Not only will you be rewarded by saving on accommodation, you’ll also have something fab to look forward to in your calendar. With over 55 properties across Australia and New Zealand, there’s plenty of Early Bird Deals to secure!
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About Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites
An industry leader in, Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites provide a home away from home for both savvy corporate travellers and leisure tourists alike. Maintaining consistently high standards of amenities and services across the board, each Oaks property prides itself on connecting the visitor to the spirit of its locale. Exemplified by quality and affordability, Oaks welcomes guests to an ever-expanding group of more than 60 properties in Australia, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, India and Qatar. Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands. www.oakshotels.com
Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands and utilizes GHA DISCOVERY, the world’s largest loyalty programme for independent hotel brands.
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Anne Wild & Associates – PR Representatives, Australia and New Zealand
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