Traveling during school spring break can be very expensive, but unfortunately it’s the only viable option for many families. Although families generally will pay more for a vacation during a school vacation, there are a few tips that insiders use to book cheap family vacations. Here are our top four tips to save money on spring break.
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Websites such as Southwest Vacations, Jetblue Getaways, Priceline, American Express Travel and Travelocity often offer bundled discount prices that can help consumers save real money. Families should do their research before booking, so they’ll know a good deal when they see one. I’ve been surprised to find that the airline getaway packages often offer the best prices – even better sometimes than Priceline! I’ve booked several deals through airlines and have always had a great experience.
If your trip includes visits to several different attractions, see if there is a CityPASS available for the city you are visiting. They can be a great deal if you plan to use most of the tickets.
Arrive and Depart on Weekdays
A Saturday to Saturday family spring break vacation is likely to be the most expensive. Consider leaving late on Friday, or during the week to save money on your airfare. Be flexible with your dates and try plenty of combinations before committing to a flight. Sites such as Kayak let you play around easily with dates to find the best rates during the week. We will often leave on the Sunday and return on the Thursday. It’s not quite a week, but it can still be a good amount of time.
Rental car companies publish discount coupons (often available in coupon books like the Entertainment Book) that can result in a great deal. Also consider purchasing through a website like Ebates.com or BeFrugal.com, which offers cashback on purchases made through their sites. You can also use our guide to find the best prices on rental cars. Don’t forget to compare prices. Sometimes something that looks like a great deal may not be. You may also consider purchasing a CityPASS which provides discounts to popular tourist attractions.
Discounted rates and rooms are limited in quantity, so by booking in advance, families can often save money. For spring break, you really should consider booking NOW – since rates will only go up. You should also check auto clubs and through online sites to get the best prices on attractions – before you leave for vacation.