Finding a cheap flight is easier than ever with hundreds of comparison websites to choose from. Keep in mind that some comparison websites track the flights you search for and slowly increase the price when it looks like you’re serious about buying.
It’s easy enough to get around it – just go to your browser settings and clear your cookies each time you search.
There are a few things that can help you stick to your budget and still allow you to go out from time-to-time.
Make sure to:
With your flights and budget in place, it’s time to make sure your savings account is working hard for you. Some accounts offer great interest rates for good savings habits, like making no withdrawals or depositing a minimum amount each month. Depending on your goals and savings style, it’s good to compare savings accounts.
For some, it’s easier if saving is out of sight and out of mind – this is where scheduled payments can help. You could set up an ongoing payment to your savings account every payday before you go away.
With an eligible savings account, you can set a goal in the Bankwest App and track your savings goal for your holiday. You can set how much you want to save and by when, then we’ll calculate how much you need to save each day, week or fortnight.
Keep on top of your savings goal with Bankwest Easy Alerts. Depending on your savings accounts, you could receive notifications each time a scheduled payment is due, if your account balance drops below or reaches a nominated amount, and more.
If you already have a credit card or need help choosing one, it’s worth comparing features, interest rates and fees. Compare our credit cards.
With a Frequent Flyer credit card you could earn points on eligible purchases and redeem your points to buy flights or upgrade your seats.
Keep an eye on the exchange rate over the weeks leading up to your trip. When the Australian dollar is strong (or when the currency you’re buying is low) you can exchange money and get more bang for your buck.
The same tip applies for when you’re back in Australia – avoid exchanging leftover travel money until the exchange rate is strong.
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