If you are hoping to score a deal on spring break travel, now is the time! We took a look at how you can save on popular spring break destinations like Florida and Vegas. Plus, the best tips to save wherever you decide to escape to!
The Sunshine State
Florida is a popular spring break location because there’s a little something for everyone whether you’re a college partygoers or an amusement-park-loving family. Two-day Disney World park hopper tickets for a family of four can cost more than $1000. While ticket savings can be hard to come by, you can often save when you bundle them with your flight and hotel.
Southwest: Save up to 15% on Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort Theme Park Tickets
Jet Blue: Save up to $600 off select Walt Disney Resort Hotels, Dining Packages and Park Tickets with Jet Blue Getaways
Buy souvenirs like autograph books and mouse ears ahead of time. You will save money shopping online. Wrap them up and surprise your child the morning of your theme park adventure, so it still feels like a special treat.
And if you’re just going to Florida for the sunshine, you can still save.
The city that never sleeps
Much like Florida, there’s something for everyone in Vegas and there are some great hotel promos going on right now. In fact, only about one-third of Vegas visitors end up paying the regular room rate, proving rates are up for negotiation and you should not book unless there is a sale or coupon code.
You can also save on entertainment: Vegas.com: Save $25 off your next ticket purchase
The wide-open road
Some airlines monitor school district schedules and raise airfares at nearby airports during spring break. Plus, if you’re booking a last minute airfare (typically anything less than two weeks), you pay dearly. So why not take a road trip? Use the AAA Fuel Cost Calculator to estimate your gas costs based on vehicle and location.
Check out this map of 11 essential road trip routes.
Here are some coupon codes for car rentals:
Train travel is another great alternative to flying. They often come with kid discounts you can’t find in the air, like Amtrak’s half-price fares for kids 2 through 15 years old. Ask if there are any destination discounts like local museums or restaurants that will give a deal when you show your train ticket.
General travel tips
But no matter where you travel this spring or how you get there, there’s probably a way you can save. Here are some tried and true travel tips.
Airfare: Book airfare on Tuesdays around 4 pm EST. Most airfare sales start on Tuesday and by end of day other airlines may have brought down their prices to match competitors. Fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday for the best prices. Take the earliest flight out to get a good price and avoid delays.
Hotels: Often, the lowest price is an online special you can only get by booking online. Look for hotels with loyalty programs that work in tandem with your frequent flyer miles so you can earn double the rewards. Look for amenities like free breakfast or an airport shuttle, which could save your family big bucks.
Gas: Many think midweek is the best time to fuel up, but a recent study from GasBuddy found that weekends actually offer the lowest price at the pump in most states. Look for a station that gives you a discount when you pay with cash. Keep luggage in the trunk and skip the roof rack, which can decrease fuel efficiency by 5%.
Hotwire: Save $25 off $100+ hotel booking via Hotwire App
Orbitz: Save $150 off flight and hotel vacation packages (4 nights and minimum spend of $1000)
Expedia: Save up to 50% off 10 select destinations