5 Travel Apps to Help You Save on Your Next Vacation

5 Travel Apps to Help You Save on Your Next Vacation

Summer and summer vacations are just around the corner. While roughly 50% of us say vacations are ‘extremely important’ over 50% of Americans leave unused vacation time on the table at the end of the year. Don’t be one of them! Taking time to rest and renew is important for our health, so here’s 5 travel apps that can save you money and time when traveling.


I’ve been using HotelTonight for 5+ years and have saved a ton of money while getting some fantastic rooms from NYC to Laguna Beach. Initially the app only allowed same day bookings at hotels with unsold rooms, but now allows future bookings at great prices. Download the app from your app store, or directly at https://txt.hoteltonight.com/2qpjHQXCEM  

Tip: Use promo code DBAKER89 and you’ll get $25 off your first booking of at least $135 (excluding taxes and fees).


Service not only makes sure you get the lowest hotel rates possible, it also will file a claim on your behalf when you experience a flight delay of 90 minutes or more, or a flight cancellation. Compensation with airlines is usually vouchers or miles, which is fine by us. Simply synch your email with Service and the app will monitor all booked hotel reservations and flights, future and past, to find your savings. They claim their service can save you up to $300 a year, while reducing traveler frustration. 

Tip: Sign up here and get $20 off your first charge



The Airbnb for cars (much like Turo and Car2Go) allows you to search for available cars in the area from budget to luxury, starting at $30. Rates are generally 30% less than big name car rental agencies and come with 24 hour roadside assistance and insurance baked into the cost. And since you’re traveling and will not need it, you can rent out your own car on the app. Some users are earning hundreds of dollars per month renting out their car, and covering the car payment this way.

 Tip: Unlock the car right from your phone with the app’s key-less software


Clean interface and easy to use, Hopper will watch a trip for you i.e. Seattle to Miami, and send you notifications when  prices drop. Hopper also shows you flight price by day and allows you to book in just a few taps. Hopper also predicts future price movements with 95% accuracy, and will display insightful recommendations such as ‘Wait for a better price, but buy before XX date”, or ‘Buy now, prices are unlikely be any lower.’

Tip: Save your payment and passenger information to make future flight bookings even faster. 


This free app has been around for years, but did you know you can use it to pay for a fill-up? Get a discount of 10 cents per gallon on your first fill-up, and 5 cents on every gallon after that. Users update gas prices daily which allows you to find the cheapest fuel in the area. There’s also the Trip Cost Calculator if you want to know how much you might spend on gas on a specified trip after entering in details such as car type, tank size, etc.

Have a travel app savings story to share? Let us know, we would love to hear it!

Costco Savings and Secrets

Costco Savings and Secrets

Oh, Costco. How we have a love hate relationship with you. We love the high quality selection, the savings, and of course the free samples throughout the warehouse. We hate the crowded parking lots, long lines, and the fact we can’t leave there without spending at least $100, and entering another small line to have you highlight our receipts.

While these are things we know about Costco, today we will share some fairly unknowns about the big box retailer including ways to shop at Costco without having a membership. Yes, you can still shop at Costco without a membership under certain conditions. 

Use a Gift Card

You can shop with a Costco gift card. According to Costco.com  “Members and non-members may use the Costco Cash Cards to shop at any Costco location in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and online at Costco.com.”

Fill a Prescription at the Pharmacy

Like many products and services, Costco frequently has the lowest prices on medications and you don’t have to be a member to use the pharmacy.

Test Your Hearing or Vision 

No membership is required to use Costco’s hearing and optical services for screenings or examinations. Actually purchasing the hearing aids or glasses, however would require a membership. Find a friend who has a membership and they can purchase them for you, or use the costco gift card.

Even frequent Costco shoppers may not be aware of some other fairly unknowns, such as pricing structure and coupons. Costco coupons come out every Thursday. And you might not be aware that while most regular priced items are priced ending in .99, if a product ends in .97 you know it’s most likely been marked down. Other prices ending in .49, or .79 is sometimes a signal that it was a special buy for Costco and might be the lowest price you can find for that item.

At themoneybeat.com we love our red wine, and recently found a bottle that is priced the same as wine club members get for that particular winery from Paso Robles, CA.

Sometimes you may also see  “” in the upper right-hand corner of the price tag. Most likely, this is an item that is limited and you may not see again as it isn’t going to be reordered.

Have a Costco secret you would like to share? We would love to hear it!