Holiday Travel Hacks

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Hitting the roads with the family this holiday season. This morning blogger Susie Johnson,, stopped by the studio to share her holiday travel hacks.


  • Search through local hotel deals. Opt to stay at the hotel that isn’t located inside a resort or park. For example: if you are planning a trip to Disney, find a hotel that is outside of the park to save oodles of money.
  • Cash in your rewards. Let your credit card rewards pile up for as long as possible, then redeem them for plane tickets or hotel discounts or gift cards for chain restaurants that the whole family enjoys.
  • Visit rebate sites, like, to earn cashback on all your transactions. Most cashback sites will give a fraction of the commission they’re paid by their retail and service provider partners back to consumers, but TopCashback returns 100 percent of the commission – in the form of a cashback rebate. Shopping through rebate sites is a great habit to get into, especially if you’re already used to ordering online.


  • Make and list and check it twice. Make it a fun activity by involving your kids. It will help teach them responsibility and get them excited for your upcoming trip! It also keeps them busy.
  • Share a toiletries bag. To make your life easier, pack everything in the same bag. We also recommend packing a small TSA approved, toiletries bag, just in case!
  • Share Suitcases. If you are checking a bag, try to consolidate to cut down on costs.


  • Pack Activities and Snacks. Depending on the age of the kids, have each child bring a small backpack filled with their toys and goodies for the flight.
  • Download apps. The most compact form of entertainment is a device loaded with apps and games. Download their favorite apps on a phone or tablet to bring for the ride.

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