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mar 19 2010

Coupon codes for quick, easy travel savings

Coupons aren't only for the supermarket. They're handy for snagging discounts on hotels, flights, car rentals, travel packages, and more.

How can you find out about these coupons? From coupon sites, naturally. RetailMeNot.com, for example, has a section dedicated just to special coupon codes that provide discounts on travel. At last check, there were codes that would get you 50 percent off certain Enterprise car rentals, 20 percent off on some Amtrak routes, and $50 off Orbitz travel packages.

Another coupon site, Coupon Sherpa, has assembled a list of seven coupon tips for frugal travel, with advice not only on coupon codes for flights and hotels, but also for things like entertainment while you're on location:

Search for coupons before you leave home to such major attractions as museums, national parks and amusement parks. You'll find coupons for most major attractions online or you can call ahead and ask how to find coupons for a particular place. Entertainment book coupons also provide savings on car rentals, hotels and restaurants. You can buy a book for a specific city or subscribe to an online service that allows you to print just the coupons you need. Entertainment.com and Valpak.com are two reputable companies that offer these services. Make sure, however, the coupons can be used for the days you plan on visiting.

You can also find coupon codes directly from the source: on the travel company's websites themselves. Just click on the site's heading saying "Deals" or "Specials" or some such equivalent to browse available. Doing so at Thrifty.com reveals that the code 2FLDR nets you 10 percent off car rentals in Florida during the month of April.

Another example: Starting today on Hyatt's site, there's a 30 percent off promotion when you make a reservation with the code LTO111 (that's the letter O, not a zero btw). To get the deal, you must reserve by April 1 for a stay that occurs by June 30. Note, however, that this is a pre-paid, no-changes-allowed deal, so only book if you're certain about your plans.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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