Family vacations are not cheap. Between the airline tickets (that are usually not discounted for children), the attraction tickets, and the high costs associated with traveling during school vacations (aka when everyone else is traveling), you’ll definitely need to budget. However, there are some opportunities where you can save money and get some family vacation deals.
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Marriott Stanton South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida.
The Deal: Save up to 20% off regular rates when you book in advance. Rates start at $203 per night. Booking window open Aug. 1 through Oct. 31, 2017 for travel between Aug. 7 and Dec. 22, 2017.
How to book? Visit www.stantonsobe.com and use code ADP
The Property: One of the only hotels along Ocean Drive with direct beach access, the Marriott Stanton South Beach is situated in the South of Fifth district of Miami Beach and edged by a lush green park – a perfect spot for the kids to run around (and tire out!). Families opt for this neighborhood when visiting Miami, as it is much quieter and sophisticated than the northerly Ocean Drive neighbor, plus, the beach is notably less crowded. The relaxed, beach chic hotel features a sand pit on the beach with toys for the kids, 224 renovated rooms and suites, two pools overlooking the ocean, a chic sun deck, and two restaurants including the newly-opened Mexican restaurant Lolo’s Surf Cantina.
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, Florida – The resort partners with a local non-profit called the Loggerhead Marine Life Center to give guests a chance to get up close to endangered loggerheads, leatherbacks and green sea turtles that lay their eggs during their annual summer nesting process. In honor of this natural phenomenon, the resort has launched a Stay and Save the Sea Turtles package that allows guests to give back to the cause. The package includes: $50 daily resort credit, stuffed Loggie the sea turtle welcome amenity, guests who book 3 nights or more will have a portion of proceeds from their visited donated to the Loggerhead center to adopt a sea turtle in their name. The deal can be booked through Oct. 31 and is valid for travel through Nov. 30. See website for full details.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Florida – Families and couples escape to Destination Paradise this summer with two new packages, available for travel May 1 through September 30, 2017. Both offers are available now for booking through September 29, 2017; nightly rates start at $259 for the family package and $399 for the couple’s package, based on a two-night stay. For families, the “Great American Summer Fun” package includes free breakfast for kids 12 and under each morning and $25 per night in “Summer Bucks” that can be used towards on-site recreational activities such as catching waves on the resort’s beachside FlowRider® Double wave simulator. For couples, the “Summer Love Stories We Could Tell” package includes two welcome margaritas and chocolate-dipped strawberries, a 50-minute Swedish couples massage at the St. Somewhere Spa, a $100 nightly resort credit, valet parking and a 60-minute paddle boarding tour for two along the Intracoastal Waterway. A three night minimum stay is required for the family package. For reservations or more information, please visit www.margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com/the-resort/rooms-suites/specials/great-american-summer-fun.
IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts is now offering families even more savings and a chance to enjoy paradise with the return of its “Kids Stay Free” promotion at select all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. When visiting select properties with two adults paying full price, families can enjoy a free stay for up to two children (varies by property). This promotion is valid when booked now through October 31, 2017 for travel from May 1 to October 31, 2017. Book your reservations through your preferred travel agent or operator, or by calling 888-923-2722 or visiting www.iberostar.com.
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, Peten, Guatemala – A short drive away from the magnificent Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá ruins, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel offers more than 300+ acres of lush, private reserve that focuses in the conservation of Guatemala’s native species. At this eco-luxe property, you’ll get to embark on safari-like adventures from daily ATV tours to boat rides to Monkey Island, where families will enjoy a meet-and-greet with friendly monkeys, and even feed them fruits and vegetables for breakfast — the kids will love it! The hotel comes complete with 19 suites, in-house Shultún restaurant (with private areas for families to enjoy meals alone), a brand new museum (and only museum in Petén), and zero-entry infinity swimming pool that overlooks the Quexil Lagoon. The property’s “Kids in the Jungle” package includes accommodation for two adults and two kids under 10 years old, with guided tours of the ruins (history in its most entertaining form), tour of Monkey Island, and a dinner at the hotel’s private deck. Package rates for two nights start at $1369 USD.
One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas: Advance Purchase Save up to 15 Percent – Available to book through December 16, 2017. One&Only Ocean Club is offering guests up to 15 percent off on travel now through December 18, 2017. The resort is located on 35 acres, featuring Versailles-inspired terraced gardens with European statuary, a 12th-century Augustinian cloister shipped piece by piece from France, a 125-foot-long, infinity-edge pool and beautiful ocean views. Rates start at $689 per room, per night. More Information: Advance Purchase Save up to 15
British Colonial Hilton Nassau, Bahamas: Fourth Night Free in Paradise – Available to book through December 31, 2017. The British Colonial Hilton, situated conveniently on the only private beach in downtown Nassau, is offering a fourth night free for guests who book three nights at the hotel. The hotel is located on the site of Old Fort Nassau—and is both a representation of the Island’s past and present day personality. Rates start at $191 per room, per night. More information: Fourth Night Free in Paradise!
Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, Florida: The AAA Four Diamond-rated Hammock Beach Resort features over 300 accommodations, including a 12-story tower of luxury suites. It is famed for its two spectacular golf courses, a multi-level water and swim pavilion, indoor atrium pool, spa and fitness center, casual and fine dining restaurants, and oceanfront meeting and function space. Current deals include: Prepay and Save and more. View site for full details on all deals.
Tips for getting deals on family vacations
Some hotels offer special packages that include attraction tickets, parking, and upgraded rooms. If you plan to use all of the components of the package, it’s likely to be a good deal – but remember to price everything out individually too. If you aren’t going to use something, the whole package may be more expensive than just buying separately.
You can also get on the mailing list of group buying sites like Groupon.com that offer getaway flash deals, but remember to check the fine print, because you’ll often see blackout dates and other restrictions. These are often best for last minute trips.
Don’t forget about frequent flier miles, as well as airline reward points (like American Express Membership Reward points). Be strategic with using them, and make sure you are getting the most for your points.
For flights, check out our tips for getting the best price on your airfare. Tools like HipMunk, Kayak, and Yapta can be helpful to compare rates and decide if it’s time to buy. Flying Saturday to Saturday is often the most expensive, especially during school vacations.
If you belong to AAA or another club, see if you can get a special rate on your hotel and/or attraction tickets. Employers often offer discounted tickets too – so ask around at work to see if you can get a great deal.
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