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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Here are some current deals:
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Orlando World Center Marriott, Florida – “Slide Through Summer” with this amenity filled, all-inclusive two-night stay starts at $1,200 for travel now –Sept. 4, 2017. Includes two connecting guest rooms , Two connecting guest rooms, Daily breakfast for two adults and two children, ages 12 and under, Kids eat free with paying adult, Mermaid or Shark Academy for two children, Half-day of Kids Club supervised recreation program for two children ages 4-12, Premium poolside seating for nightly laser light show, Complimentary self-parking, and more. Use code SPU and visit website for full details.
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.
The Sea Pines Resort – Hilton Head, South Carolina – The premier vacation destination with over 300 villas and 100 rental homes – announces its “Escape Vacation Package” perfect for exceptional retreats to long savor. Available for bookings in select home and villas through Sept. 9, this value-packed family vacation starts at $136 per night in a two-bedroom villa. It also includes a complimentary $100 resort credit (redeemable for golf, dining and activities), free golf for children 12 and younger on the resort’s Heron Point by Pete Dye and new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III courses (with each paid adult green fee), and no charge for children 12 and younger on a 90-minute dolphin excursion cruise (with each paid adult). For more information visit www.seapines.com or call 866.561.8802.
Destination Hotels, Various US Locations: This impressive collection of more than forty independent hotels and resorts spread across the country is offering an exciting Stay More, Save More promotion, where the longer you extend your visit, the more money you save! Stay More, Save More promotion includes: Guests who book 3 or more nights (max 7 nights) will receive up to 30% off best available rates, Booking & travel window: May 15, 2017 – September 10, 2017. For more info, locations, and restrictions, please visit: https://www.destinationhotels.com/offers/summer-vacation-packages
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.
The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida – This legendary resort paradise offers the travel season’s best investment, with its summer promotion available May 1 – October 31, 2017, including Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day holiday weekends. Nightly rates start at just $369 per room, per night during the week (Sunday-Thursday) and begin at $469 per night on weekends — a savings of almost 50-percent compared to winter rates. These special rates include an array of complimentary daily benefits and savings on a bounty of outstanding amenities; and there is never a resort fee. FREE daily summer benefits at The Breakers, include: Full American breakfast buffet, Kids’ menu meals, Unlimited golf with $35 cart fee per person/per round, at two championship courses, Unlimited tennis on the resort’s 10 lighted Har-Tru courts, Access to Ocean Fitness, a 6,000 square-foot, comprehensive indoor-outdoor fitness experience, and Unlimited Wi-Fi and local calls. Visit thebreakers.com/specialoffers for full details and any exclusions.
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.
Generations Riviera Maya, Mexico: Grandparents Stay Free promotion, which invites grandparents to stay and enjoy the Gourmet Inclusive Experience complimentary when traveling with their families this year. When guests book a two-bedroom suite with Grandparents Stay Free they earn an additional complimentary one-bedroom suite – the largest suites in the destination at 1,200 square feet, all of which are oceanfront with unlimited butler service and swim up infinity suites from the first to fourth floors. Exclusions apply. See website for full details.
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!
Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, Florida: Nestled on 900 beautifully wooded acres just a quick trip from Tampa Florida, Innisbrook is a premier golf and tennis resort designed in perfect harmony with the nature. Accommodations include gorgeous guest rooms, spacious suites, six pools including winding waterslides, water volleyball, and complimentary transportation to the award-winning Caladesi Island ferry and Honeymoon Island Beach. Current deals include: Prepay and Save, Stay 3 or More and Save, Florida Resident Offer, and the Dolphin Tale Getaway. View site for full details on all deals.
Reunion Resort Orlando, Florida: Reunion Resort features 360 resort accommodations including luxury condominiums, private villas and vacation homes surrounded by 2,300 acres of lush landscape. The resort also features elegantly appointed meeting space, a full-service boutique spa, multiple pools, slides, water playgrounds and a 1,000-foot lazy river. The resort’s hip restaurant called Eleven features a rooftop pool and nightly views of the fireworks from nearby Walt Disney World. Current deals include: Family Free-dom Package. View site for full details on all deals.
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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