Travel

6 things to ask before booking a summer vacation

Do your travel plans include a stay at an inn or a bed-and-breakfast? If so, pick up the phone and negotiate. You just might get a better deal.
Do your travel plans include a stay at an inn or a bed-and-breakfast? If so, pick up the phone and negotiate. You just might get a better deal.Credit: David Lyon for The Boston Globe /File

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It’s May. Memorial Day and the end of the school year are in sight. Suddenly, you’re thinking about summer vacation. A little planning — and some insider tips — could save you a lot of money. Whether you’re booking an airfare, a rental car, or a hotel room, there are questions to ask first, such as:

When is the best time to buy airline tickets? Generally it’s four to six weeks before you travel.

Do I need rental car insurance? Your personal policy probably covers rental cars. It probably also extends liability insurance to your rental, which you need.

How can I save a few bucks on my stay? Are nonrefundable rooms a good deal? For smaller hotels and bed and breakfasts, pick up the phone and negotiate.

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