6 Tips for Saving on Your Summer Road Trip
Summer is here and that means vacations are, too. Road trips can be a great alternative to flying – they’re cheaper! If you don’t plan ahead of time, they can quickly get expensive. However, there are plenty of ways you can save by trying these six tips.
1. PICK THE RIGHT VEHICLE
If you think your vehicle may not be up to traveling hundreds of miles nonstop, be on the safe side and rent one instead. With your BJ’s Membership, you can enjoy up to 25% off car rentals every day, as well as limited-time offers. And, for even more savings, look for vehicles with higher MPGs.
2. PLAN YOUR STOPS AHEAD OF TIME
Staying overnight in random places can cost you big time. What if the town you’re in doesn’t have a hotel room under $300/night? Or – worse – they don’t have one at all? By planning where you’re going to stay ahead of time, it’s easy to save on lodging by choosing hotels that fit your budget. And, when you book with BJ’s Travel, you can enjoy a huge selection of options online, as well as up to $200 cash back on your stay.
3. FUEL UP FOR LESS
Fuel efficient cars are great for road trips … but they’re not the only way to save at the pump. There are a slew of apps out there that will locate gas stations near you and find out which one has the best price. Driving on the East Coast? Fill your tank at BJ’s Gas® stations, where you can save on every gallon. Or, if you’re a My BJ’s Perks® Mastercard1® Member, you can get 10¢ off/gal. every day at BJ’s Gas plus 2% cash back at other gas stations.*
4. DON’T RELY ONLY ON GPS
Plenty can go wrong with your phone or GPS – running out of battery, losing service, dropping and breaking it – so it’s good to have a backup (like multiple devices, back up chargers, or even maps). Because getting lost can cost you more than time … it can cost you money. Unexpected detours mean using more gas and possibly needing to stay the night somewhere that wasn’t planned.
5. PACK YOUR SNACKS INSTEAD OF STOPPING
Chips? Apples? Granola bars? Check, check, check. Thanks to your BJ’s Membership, you can save on all of your favorite grab-and-go foods with bulk purchases of snack-sized portions. Plus, you can stock your cooler with a variety of drinks and, of course, plenty of water.
There’s nothing worse than seeing a toll sign ahead and not having any spare change handy. So, make sure to stock up on quarters, dimes and nickels, and put aside some dollar bills. Or, better yet, bring your own transponder along. That way, you can keep your eyes on the road and not scramble to find the correct change.
1Subject to credit approval. My BJ’s Perks® Program is provided by BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. and its terms may change from time to time. Some exclusions may apply. Visit BJs.com/perksterms for Program Terms.
*Each merchant is assigned a code by a third party that indicates the merchant’s area of business. 2% cash back will only be awarded if the merchant code for the purchase matches a category eligible for the offer. Comenity Capital Bank does not have the ability to control assignment of merchant codes. Cash back is in the form of electronic awards issued in $20 increments that are used in-Club at the register and expire 6 months from the date issued. Cash back can be requested in the form of a check prior to awards expiring by contacting Member Care at 800-BJs-CLUB.
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