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The Pointe Hilton Tapetio Cliffs, booked through Priceline Vacations

When we booked our spring break vacation this year, I wasn’t entirely sure where I wanted to go. We’d just come back from Walt Disney World (twice), and while I did want to enjoy some warm weather, I also wanted to do something different.  My husband really wanted to do something relaxing, and my kids just wanted to have fun.  So, to find our perfect family vacation, I started with a list of ideal spring vacation destinations, and began to price out the flights to see which would be the best.

After reviewing everything, we settled on a trip to the Fort Myers area.  It had everything we were looking for – warm weather, lots to do, plenty of relaxing activities.  So, how do you get the best price on a family vacation?  For us, our best deal ended up coming from vacation package deals!

There are a variety of websites offering vacation package deals, although I recommend starting with one you trust to get an idea of what you want to book.  Since we weren’t completely decided on a hotel, the search actually helped us narrow it down.  I started with the American Express Travel site, which is usually my preference in booking.  After searching our dates and location, I found the perfect hotel – the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, located on Marco Island.  I also learned that our best option flights were at night – not my preference, but the price difference was huge.

So, I had a hotel, I had flights, and I had a price.  It was time to start doing some price comparisons – would American Express travel have the best deal?  There were some other factors to consider too – like the fact that I’d get double Amex Membership Rewards points by booking.

Here’s where I searched:

American Express Travel

Pros: Double Amex points, the assurance of booking through Amex

Cons: Price was higher

Priceline Vacations (check out this post for Priceline/Hotwire booking tips)

Pros: No bidding required, hotels and flights are shown, great prices

Cons:Less hotel options – our hotel pick wasn’t an option

Travelocity Vacations

Pros: Easy to use the website

Cons: Price was higher

JetBlue Vacations

Pros: Best price option, extra frequent flier points

Cons: Only flight options are JetBlue flights

We ended up booking through JetBlue vacations – our chosen flight was on JetBlue so it worked out for us.  I was surprised to see that the trip for the four of us was over $400 cheaper through JetBlue vacations – a definite noticeable difference!  Southwest Airlines and Delta also offer vacation package deal sites which I would have checked if my flights were on one of those airlines.  Don’t forget to price out what your vacation will cost if you purchase separately.

Have you booked through a vacation package deal site?  What was your experience?

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About Jodi Grundig

Jodi Grundig has loved traveling since she was a little girl. She started blogging in 2007 on her popular review site Mom's Favorite Stuff and after doing quite a bit of travel blogging, decided to launch her own travel site. Jodi resides in Massachusetts with her husband, eight-year old son, nine-year old daughter, and Havanese dog.

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