I’m one of those people who will go out of her way to use a coupon, take a survey just to get the promised freebie, and compare prices on an item until her head hurts. So I was thinking the other day, If I wasn’t on the Boundless staff, what would I do to come to Pursuit 2014 and get the most bang for my buck?
I did some research and considered my own experience (having lived in Colorado Springs for over nine years) to come up with these money-saving tips. I hope you find them helpful as you consider joining us at Pursuit this summer!
1. Booking your flight
When: Don’t book too early or too late. FareCompare.com says airlines don’t start releasing cheaper seats until three to four months before departure for domestic travel and conversely four to five months before international travel. I usually try to purchase a flight at least two months in advance.
Where: It is usually cheaper to fly in and out of Denver (DEN) than Colorado Springs (COS). Discount airlines such as Southwest or Spirit both fly in and out of DEN. Also keep in mind that DEN is a hub for United and Frontier.
2. Getting from the airport to your hotel
Shuttle: A couple of modestly priced shuttle options from either DEN or COS include Colorado Springs Shuttle and Front Range Shuttle. Front Range Shuttle drops off and picks up at Hilton Garden Inn, which is within walking-distance from Focus on the Family — a great option if you want to avoid renting a car.
Car rental: Hotel Eleganté has an on-site car rental with a discounted rate for hotel guests (approximately 25 percent off regular prices). They offer a complimentary shuttle to/from COS.
3. Getting around town
Walking: Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn are the two closest hotels to Focus on the Family. Bring comfortable shoes and an umbrella in case of rain, and you can save money on top of preparing for the Pursuit 5K Run/Walk.
Public transportation: I don’t know anyone in Colorado Springs who regularly uses public transportation, and there’s probably a reason for that. Yet if that is an option you’d like to learn more about, go here. The closest bus stop to Focus on the Family is at Explorer and Research.
Taxi: Estimate the cost of taking a taxi at Yellow Cab Company of Colorado Springs.
Car rental: Hotel Eleganté has an on-site car rental with a discounted rate for hotel guests (approximately 25 percent off regular prices).
You would likely be spending money on food whether you were at home or at Pursuit, so this expense is a bit of a wash. Yay! Near Focus on the Family are restaurants with a variety of offerings, so set a budget and stick to it. Order water; skip the appetizer and dessert. Pack some snacks from home to fill the gaps. Also, several hotels in the area offer a complimentary breakfast.
5. Extend your stay
If you’re spending money and vacation time to come to Pursuit, get the most out of it by arriving early on Thursday and leaving late on Sunday to enjoy more of Colorado Springs. Some free attractions include Garden of the Gods, United States Air Force Academy, U.S. Olympic Training Center and Compassion International. Pursuit attendees can also receive a discount from Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours by mentioning Focus on the Family when making a reservation.
6. Booking your hotel
Book early: The hotels listed on our Travel page have set aside a number of rooms for Pursuit, which means when they’re gone, they’re gone. Do not wait until the last minute to make your hotel reservation, or you may not get your first choice of places to stay.
Bring a friend or sibling: The quickest and easiest way to cut down your cost to come to Pursuit is to bring a friend — or three friends! Share a hotel, split a rental car, and your final bill will decrease dramatically.
Find a roommate: Join the Pursuit 2014 Facebook event page to connect with other attendees and make travel/hotel arrangements together.
What other money-saving tips can you think of?