5 easy ways to save on Spring Break
Don’t want Spring Break to break the bank?
If you’re planning a spring getaway in the coming months, we’ve got five easy ways you can save on your travel.
So, go ahead, slip on your sunglasses and start dreaming of those sandy beaches and sunshine-drenched days.
1. Book online:
First things first: Sign up for ShopAtHome.com for free and start earning Cash Back with thousands of merchants. Popular travel sites — like Orbitz, Booking.com, Priceline, Travelocity — offer Cash Back deals when you you book through ShopAtHome.com. Once you earn $20 in Cash Back, ShopAtHome.com will send you a check.
Extra savings tip: Bundle your flight and hotel and you’ll save even more. Some sites, like Orbitz, offer room upgrades or a free night at your hotel when you book the two together.
2. Skip a car:
On top of the costs of renting a car, hotels in busy cities will charge you to valet or park it overnight. Check out the transportation options in your city. If you’re going to a Disney resort, for example, shuttles will take you to and from the parks. Lots of hotels are adding free bike rentals to their amenities, so go ahead and explore downtown on two wheels without having to scavenge and pay for parking. If you’re headed to Spring Break hotspots like Las Vegas or San Diego, you can purchase all-day shuttle passes to get you pretty much anywhere you want to be.
3. Try an all-inclusive:
Take the guesswork out of budgeting for meals and drinks by booking a trip to an all-inclusive resort. Two people, four nights at a four-star hotel in, say, Cancun, can save $456 by going the all-inclusive route as opposed to booking a standard hotel and paying for food and drinks on their own, according to Expedia. Some top all-inclusive hotspots? Check out Mexico, Aruba, Jamaica, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.
Extra savings tip: Some resorts offer extra discounts if you’re able to pay up front.
4. Pack smart:
The beauty of packing for a warm-weather trip? Your clothes aren’t too bulky. Bathing suits, flip flops and lightweight cover-ups make it easy to pack light. Depending on the airline, you can end up paying up to $100 each way for just one checked bag. Load your books onto your Kindle, get creative with your wardrobe and challenge yourself to bring just a carry on.
Extra savings tip: When you’re comparing airlines, factor in the cost of checking your bags. TripAdvisor makes it easy with this chart showing airline fees.
5. Know when to book:
Think you waited too long to book your Spring Break travel? Wrong! Now is prime time to start booking your trips for March or April. Travel experts say domestic airfare is at its best three weeks before your departure date.
Extra savings tip: If you can be flexible with your schedule, you’ll be able to save even more by flying mid-week to mid-week.