Savvy travelers know how to save money on their holidays, and super savvy travelers know where to go for deals on their trip to Ireland.
The front page of www.discoverireland.com usually publicizes the latest bargains, but if you want the inside scoop, signing up for their e-newsletter will let you know the latest promotions.
Whether you’re looking for the best time to buy airfare, a sale on a five-star hotel room, or a bargain on a rental car, signing up for e-mail notices from your favorite businesses will give you a heads-up when they are running specials.
It’s easy to find seasonal discounts from TravelZoo’s Ireland-specific section. www.travelzoo.com/destinations/ireland
The Irish end of the Groupon empire features regular deals on meals, restaurants, getaways, and goods. www.groupon.ie
Another coupon clearinghouse, Dublin-based Grab One includes many dining and accommodation bargains throughout Ireland. www.grabone.ie/home
OPW Heritage Card
If you plan to visit a lot of heritage sites operated by Ireland’s Office of Public Works (OPW), their annual membership card will save you money on admissions. Although you can pre-order, it’s just as easy to buy the card at your first Heritage Ireland stop. www.heritageireland.ie
The Dublin Pass grants instant access to all sorts of attractions in and around the capital city. They even offer a discount for ordering online. www.dublinpass.ie
If you plan to book through a tour operator, getting in touch with them long before you trip will assure they let you know of any travel incentives like discounts for those who book early or free upgrades and add-ons.
Early Bird and Fixed Menus
Many restaurants offer special rates for customers arriving ahead of the evening rush as well as fixed menus that serve three or more courses for one price. Either choice can offer a fantastic meal more affordable.
When it comes to any aspect of your trip, it doesn’t hurt to shop around. Just make sure your comparing the same offerings. Accommodations should have similar amenities and locations; car rental quotes should include matching taxes, fees, and insurance coverage; and tours should offer the same level of meals and accommodations.