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Ready for that vaxication? Yep, you heard us right. That long-delayed vacation is now becoming a reality as vaccinations roll out and restrictions lift across the country.

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute summer vacation or planning ahead for a fall or winter getaway, booking sites are seeing a boom across air travel, hotels and car rentals. Travel is heating up this summer, so it’s time to step it up if you haven’t booked that trip yet!

One thing you might come across while you’re making travel plans this year is booked-up hotels, increasing rates and limited car rental inventory. Between those who had to postpone vacations last year and are now cashing in on their reservations, and those celebrating their vaccinations with trips to see friends, family or taking that long-awaited beach escape, everyone’s mind is on getting out of dodge—and out of the house.

Luckily, there are still ways to cash in on some fun in the sun and save.

How to Save on Hotels

With varied airline rules and different international COVID-19 testing protocols, closer-to-home travel (including road trips!) and domestic destinations are the most popular vacation choices this year. For example, WalletHub’s recent list of 2021’s Best Summer Travel Destinations name Orlando as the No. 1 affordable and convenient spot to travel to this summer, followed by Honolulu, New Orleans and RetailMeNot’s headquarters of Austin, Texas.

Whether you’re heading to one of the above locations or have another destination in mind, you’ll want to ensure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck when booking your hotel.

From now until the end of May, Priceline is offering an exclusive 7% off select Pay Now hotels and all Express Deal hotels for RetailMeNot readers. With access to over 600,000 properties of all types, you’ll find the perfect stay for your trip with Priceline’s Best Price Guarantee, as well as free cancellations and pay-at-arrival options for added flexibility. Just book a minimum stay of two nights at a 3-star hotel and use the exclusive code RMN7HTL21MAY at checkout.

Booking.com is also offering 6% cash back for online purchases sitewide, including cozy bed & breakfasts and luxury 5-star hotels. There are more than 6.7 million listings alone of homes, apartments and other unique places if you’re looking to make your stay extra special. And if you’re flexible (the magic word this year), explore Booking.com’s Getaway Deals to save 15% or more on your stay. For example, we found Orlando accommodations in June for as low as $25 a night!

How to Save on Car Rentals

In a normal year, you’d most likely book your rental car after your flights and hotel. But as we’ve all experienced, “normal” doesn’t make it into our vocabulary as often as it once did.

With domestic travel and road trips on the rise, along with agencies selling off some of their fleets in 2020, demand for rental cars is growing—along with their price. Before you book any flights or your hotel, reserve your car rental, looking around for the best dates and deals to avoid overspending and travel hiccups.

And, again, flexibility is key. Rentalcars.com offers flexible booking options—along with 24/7 support—and free cancellations and modifications on most reservations. Plus, you can get up to 30% off your next rental! Search, compare and save across the biggest car rental agencies, including Budget, Avis, Enterprise and Hertz, for the best prices in more locations than any other site.

Pack your bags—it’s time for a vacation!

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