The perfect travel companion may be hard to come by, but discounts are not. There are deals out there for travel, whether you’re squeezing in a last-minute spring trip or you’re planning an all-out summer vacation.
Here are some of them:
Walt Disney World
Every summer, millions of Mickey enthusiasts descend on Orlando to visit Walt Disney World. While you’re not likely to find many discounts on the tickets themselves (which can cost a family of four close to $1000 for a two-day park hopper), you can save on the trip as a whole when you book a vacation package.
- Southwest: Book a flight with Walt Disney World Resort hotel package and save up to $300
- Marriott: 3-Night Walt Disney World Ticket Package
- Delta: Save $75 and earn 5,000 bonus miles with Walt Disney World resort vacation flight
Bonus Tip: Book your package at one of Disney’s Value Resort Hotels like one of the three All-Star resorts—all have amenities the kids will love and a price you can afford.
Right now you may be able to score a last-minute spot on a relocation cruise. These generally happen in spring and fall when ships relocate to accommodate the change in season. For example, Alaskan cruise ships relocate to warmer weather in fall so you may find deals for ships heading south to Mexico. Other ways to save:
- For updated digs, book on an old ship recently refurbished rather than a new boat.
- Look for cruise packages with incentives like onboard credits.
- Teachers can get discounts on Celebrity Cruises.
Bonus Tip: If you can’t find the deal of your dreams, consider booking next summer’s vacation. CruiseCritic.com recommends booking summer cruises six to twelve months in advance.
This is one area of the travel budget where there’s always a deal. Plus, car rentals are often covered by your auto or credit card insurance so you can save even more by skipping the insurance. The one sneaky fee that may not be covered is Loss of Use, which you can incur if the car has to go to an auto shop to be fixed and they are unable to rent it. Fill up the tank before dropping the car off to avoid fuel surcharge.
Bonus Tip: If they try to talk you into paying for an upgrade, stand firm with the economy car you reserved. They may have rented out all of the economy cars and if they can’t convince you to upgrade, they’ll have to give it to you anyway for the original price you paid.
Sometimes staying in a hotel is half the fun, so look for one that is comfortable, affordable, and will keep the kids happy.
- Kids Eat Free: At hotels like Holiday Inn kids 12 and under eat for free at on-site restaurants.
- Extended Stay Hotels: They’re not just for business travelers! These hotels typically offer more amenities and a full kitchen, which can save on food costs.
- Third-Party Perks: Hotel booking websites like Hotels.com sometimes have availability and coupon code discounts you can’t find elsewhere. Check here if a hotel is sold out or the price is a little steep.
Bonus Tip: Request a corner room. These are typically larger, so it’s a good way to get extra space for your family without paying for an upgrade.
Final tip: There are always deals to be had, but if you can travel before the summer rush, you’ll find some low base prices and fewer crowds. Peak summer travel time starts June 8, so you have about 6 weeks to get out of town before all the kids are out school.