Summer Road Trip Tips: How To Book & Save With Expedia!

South Jetty - Venice, FL

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I just returned from an awesome 5-day summer road trip through Southwest Florida. Relaxing on beaches and exploring the beauty of Bonita Springs, Naples, Osprey, Venice, and Sarasota was exactly what I needed. Expenses for a road trip can add up quickly but if you plan ahead well enough and grab savings where you can, your trip cost can fall below your targeted budget. Booking with Expedia offers such ease, flexibility and some nice savings. I saved a little over $100 by booking with Expedia so I’m happy to share how I did it!

Summer Road Trip

Summer Road Trip Tips: How To Book & Save With Expedia!

My summer road trip was planned and booked less than 2 weeks prior to the start of my journey. After planning out my destinations and which routes I wanted to take to get there, it was time to make arrangements for transportation and accommodations. I decided to rent a car instead of putting extra mileage on our own car. Because I reserved the rental car through Expedia, the Add-On Advantage was unlocked.

Summer Road Trip

The Expedia Add-On Advantage, a new way to save on hotels, takes so much pressure off planning and paying for your entire trip all at once. Whether you’re a budget or luxury traveler, you can save up to 43% off hotels…even a 5-star NYC hotel! Booking a flight, car or package with Expedia unlocks the hotel discounts until the start of your trip so you can actually take all the time you need to research the perfect hotel for your trip at an awesome price. I booked my rental car but did not decide on hotel accommodations until the following week, knowing the hotel discounts would be there patiently waiting for me to click that Reserve button! I ended up booking a few nights at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, a 4-star resort I already knew I loved. I also decided to try something new toward the end of my trip by booking one night each at Bentley’s Boutique Hotel and Carlisle Inn, both 3-star hotels with free breakfast.

Summer Road Trip - Carlisle Inn - Sarasota, FL

It’s so simple.

  1. Log in or create a free account at
  2. Book a flight, car rental or package
  3. Return to and log in to see the available hotel discounts for your trip when you are ready to reserve your hotel room. There will be an “Add-On Advantage” badge next to the hotels with your unlocked discounts.

Expedia will also send you an email after you book your flight, car rental or package that includes a link to your hotel discounts available with the Add-On Advantage. Also, if you are visiting different locations along your road trip like I did, the discounts are available for multiple hotels as long as your stay is within the car rental, flight or package dates you booked. I stayed at three hotels during my trip. I have the Expedia app on my phone so I received reminders for checking in and out of the hotels as well as dropping off the rental car on time! I never had to call to confirm any reservations and everything went so smoothly I had nothing to do except enjoy my trip. By the way, as a member, you will still earn Expedia Rewards points for your booking. Savings + points = major win!

Bentley's Boutique Hotel - Osprey, FL

It is up to you whether you book everything for your summer road trip right away or take your sweet time choosing a hotel since you’ll have discounts waiting for you up till the day before your trip. Reading this post on mobile? No problem, you can even access the Add-On Advantage from your phone. Now, go book and enjoy your lit summer road trip with extra savings!

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