Matt Barba, innkeeper at the Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest, Illinois, tells The New York Times that one of the best ways save that extra dollar is to book directly with hotels.  While this may seem self-serving, Matt explains in his NYT quote that “Hotels appear to be doing all they can to entice guests to book direct, so take advantage of it.” 

Other cost-saving tips include flying on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday; mixing and matching airlines and airports, and avoiding traveling at times that coincide with big events.

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