Americans Travelling More, But Not Being Frugal

BOSTON, July 10, 2012 –  With the average American household spending over $1,570 on travel each year and 94% planning to take at least one leisure trip in 2012, travel costs are one of the largest household expenditure categories, and many are not taking advantage of available opportunities to save money. Though a traveler would not leave their luggage on the plane, they are leaving money on the table when booking their travel.

In this economy, every cent counts! With free money-saving offers only a few convenient clicks away, shoppers should take full advantage. 39% of travel purchases are made online, making online coupon use and cash back earning an easy way to save more money. The average US family is missing out on over $150 of annual savings by not using online coupons and cash back for their travel.

Coupons & cash back website BeFrugal.com offers coupons that have save an average of $76 per travel purchase, and an average of 6% cash back - where a percentage of eligible online transactions is deposited into a free BeFrugal.com account. The savings are available on purchases made with 105 travel merchants such as Choice Hotels, Enterprise, Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia.

To take advantage of the available options when making online travel purchases, Jon Lal, BeFrugal.com founder, recommends the following:

  1. Visit a free coupons & cash back website such as BeFrugal.com to view available offers.
  2. After signing in, click on a money-saving offer that meets your travel needs. If you spot a money bag symbol on BeFrugal.com, you can get more savings by earning cash back in addition to using an online coupon.
  3. Shop as normal, completing your purchase in a timely manner in the current browser.

After booking plane fare, hotel stays, rental cars and more, travelers can also use BeFrugal.com to shop for items needed for their trip. With cash back available at 3,000+ stores including popular stores such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, Target, Gap, HP, Dell and many others, travelers can pack their bags with savings on everything from clothing to luggage to gadgets for in-flight entertainment.

In addition to assisting travelers with saving on purchases associated with their trip, BeFrugal.com also offers the Fly or Drive Calculator, which compares time and cost of flying versus driving, and provides personalized calculations for any trip. Simply enter your starting address, destination and travel dates and the Fly or Drive Calculator will take care of the rest!

"At BeFrugal, we aim to help shoppers save money on all their purchases, from large expenses such as travel to everyday transactions when shopping online,” said Jon Lal, founder of BeFrugal.com. “Clicking coupon offers and earning cash back is an easy way to save more money.”

With a record number of cash back stores currently at more than 3,000 coupons & cash back website BeFrugal.com has a greater number of stores than any comparable cash back program. The BeFrugal.com free cash back offering was announced in 2011 to save shoppers more money, rewarding shoppers with cash back for their eligible online purchases. BeFrugal.com now offers an average of 6 percent cash back on purchases, which can be combined with their free online coupons to get extra savings on each purchase. Since its launch in 2009, BeFrugal.com has saved shoppers more than $25 million dollars.

About BeFrugal.com

BeFrugal.com is a website focused on frugal living. It features cash back, coupons, deals and bargains, as well as Web-based tools to help consumers save money.

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