Spring travel can be pricey, especially with the influx of kids and college students traveling over spring break. However, there are a few tips to help you keep some dollars in you pocket this spring.
Book a Rental/Vacation Home
According to a recent survey by Wyndham Destinations, the number one thing (34%) travel consumers say make their vacation less enjoyable is a lack of amenities like a kitchen, laundry, a fitness room or pool. Aside of the comfort of having a ‘home away from home’ you can save money on eating (and drinking) out, especially when it comes to taking kids along. It also helps to set a daily spending limit eg) breakfast at home, pack a lunch and dinner out.
Avoid the Airport
Flying is almost always more expensive than driving—and this is especially true when you are traveling with family. It’s worth considering destinations within driving distance so you can cut out the cost of airfare. As spring starts to show it’s, a lot of destinations should start to see some sunshine, and those who don’t may still have snow to play with!
Travel Points & Miles
It’s never too late to pick up a travel credit card to save on your trip. With the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard, for example, you could score 70,000 points, worth $700 in travel, after you spend $5,000 on your card within three months of opening your account. Also make sure to check any hotel loyalty programs you belong to – with Hilton Honors, Marriott Bonvoy, World of Hyatt or any other program, it’s possible you could get all or part of your spring break stay for free.
Track Flights and Compare Online
Go-to tracking apps like Hopper have made it easy for people to book hotels or flights based on notifications and predictions on when and how prices will rise and fall and when the best time to book is. If you decide to use an online booking site, you’ll save the most time and money if you use sites that ‘shop around’ and aggregate the best deals like booking.com – which compares thousands of trips under one roof so you can compare and save on your trip.
That goes for everything – from the airline (don’t be afraid to book a budget one) to the destination. Setting your heart on a specific spring break destination is the worst way to save money, mostly because lack of options makes it hard to shop around. Look at some spots that aren’t ‘typical’ spring break destinations from Boston to Austin, Texas or Atlanta, Georgia and compare pricing for each to choose the best deal for you. Another option? Visit family or friends an save on accommodation altogether!