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. Here’s our guide to family travel deals – including time sensitive deals that we keep updated, as well as some tips.
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Here are some current deals:
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Hilton Boston/Woburn, MA – Treat the kids to a poolside escape, right in New England, with Hilton Boston/Woburn’s ‘Staycation’ package! The property just completed a nuts-to-bolts $16 million renovation that touched every part of the hotel (video tour here), including upgrading the indoor pool, adjacent parent-friendly bar and introducing Matadora – the acclaimed tapas restaurant from the team behind Boston’s Yvonne’s, RUKA and Lolita. The hotel’s package for February Vacation Week combines them all for an experience kids & parents will all enjoy! Package includes: Pool toys for the kids upon check-in, Breakfast for 2 adults & 2 children, Matadora – 20% off a meal, Rates start at $129/night, Available for stays 02/16 – 02/25 & 04/13 – 04/22.
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.
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 and TravelZoo 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. Make sure you’ll get the right bed type for your family.
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, 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. Try to travel on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday if possible.
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.
Consider a travel agent if you aren’t sure how to get the best prices. A good travel agent will be able to assist with all of your travel plans.
If your vacation plans include visiting several attractions, consider purchasing a CityPASS, which can be a big cost savings.
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