4 ways to save big on a Memorial Day vacation
By Aimee Heckel
Memorial Day isn’t officially the first day of summer, but it sure feels like it. Make the most of this extended weekend holiday and plan a little getaway to start the school vacation season off right.
Many Americans go on a Memorial Day trip. In fact, AAA reports nearly 35 Americans plan on traveling 50 miles or more — and about 90 percent of them by car.
That may be your sign to stay off the roads.
Here are four of our favorite other ways to save big on a Memorial Day vacation — and some travel ideas to get you packing.
1. Check Memorial Day travel specials. Priceline.com is offering Memorial Day deals. Fly from New York to Los Angeles for $329 round-trip. Rent a mid-sized car in Chicago for $11 per day. Or stay at the Inglewood hotel in L.A. for $76 per day.
Check out this incredible deal: Save 50 percent off last-minute travel through Priceline.com, plus get 6 percent Cash Back when you book through ShopAtHome.com.
2. Take a train trip. Amtrak has some exciting Memorial Day specials right now. Save 25 percent off when you travel on the Northeast Regional. But act fast: You need to book before May 10.
If you haven’t traveled via train before, you’re missing out. Unlike airplanes, trains have plenty of legroom and storage space. Hang out in the “Cafe Car,” or relax in a “Quiet Car.” Check Amtrak’s “deals” page for more ways to save money. Plus, seniors get 15 percent off and military personnel save 10 percent.
Did you know? May 11 is National Train Day, which features free, fun family activities around the country (exhibits, demos, model trains, everything trainy).
3. Don’t miss hotel deals. Airlines and trains aren’t the only travel companies celebrating Memorial Day. Hotels, like the Marriott, offer a variety of specials, too.
Headed to Tampa, Florida? Use this coupon code to save up to 25 percent off on three nights in Tampa.
4. Get outside. Even if you can’t afford or coordinate a full-on vacation, celebrate the extended weekend with a staycation. Explore the beauty of your home state. Head to the mountains, the beach, the lake or even just the park. But consider riding a bike; the streets will likely be packed.
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Photo courtesy of Marriott