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Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

7 Spring Break Savings Tips That Don’t Skimp on Fun

Before hitting the road for your family vacation, do some research. No matter where you’re headed, you can find great spring break savings from the comfort of your couch. Here’s how.

Family on Spring Break

1. Shop for coupons.

Just because you’ve never been to your vacation destination doesn’t mean you can’t find deals on the restaurants in the area. Coupons can also save you money on expensive flights, accommodation, theme parks, and other attractions.

2. Compare prices.

If your family is itching for a camping trip during spring break, visit a state park rather than an exclusive campground or lodge, suggests Liz Weston, MSN Money’s personal finance expert. Many state parks offer free admission in addition to a nominal per-night charge to park an RV or pitch a tent.

3. Don’t prepare ahead.

If your travel dates and times are flexible, look at last-minute online bookings for extra spring break savings. You can pick up airline reservations for a fraction of the cost if you’re willing to travel on a standby status. This option is best if you’re traveling without the kids!

4. Use your discounts.

Is spring break a family affair? Use grandma’s senior citizen discount to book cheaper hotel rates. Or, your husband’s veteran status may knock a percentage off your lodging. Inquire about special rates for teachers, large groups, or first time visitors. It never hurts to ask for the best rates available.

5. Book a package deal.

Instead of piecing together your spring break getaway, look for an all-inclusive offer that combines hotel stays, activities, meals and transportation. The price might seem steep initially, but when you break it down and try to book each item individually you’ll start to see the savings in an all-in-one getaway.

6. Cash in rewards points.

From hotels to airlines, many companies offer loyalty and perk systems. Since spring break isn’t an official holiday with blackout dates, use rewards points to knock dollars off your trip. If you’re not already a member of these clubs, be sure to sign up so you can use the savings on your next vacation.

7. Contact welcome centers.

Nearly every state or major city has a tourist bureau, welcome center or travel advisory center. These free services are a great way to find out which attractions are in-season during your spring break vacation. Ask for these organizations to send you travel kits in the mail—complete with spring break savings coupons.

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