Experts Reveal Money-Saving Secrets for Top Spring Break Destinations

Winter weather getting you down? It is not too late to book a getaway and escape this slushy mess!

Whether you are looking for a fun weekend away, a week long family getaway or a girls gone wild trip, the more you can save the better!

To help vacationers save money on their spring break travels, leading personal finance site GOBankingRates asked the experts for their insider tips on how to afford a trip to 12 of the most popular spring break destinations. The report includes advice from the biggest names in travel, including Southwest, Travelocity, and Orbitz, information on cheap flights and hotel packages, and ways to save money on local entertainment.


The report includes tips on saving money in:

  • Las Vegas
  • Punta Cana
  • Panama City
  • Cancun
  • Puerto Rico
  • San Diego
  • New Orleans
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • South Padre Island
  • Lake Havasu
  • Port Aransas
  • Daytona

With the majority of spring breakers looking to head to the beach, experts advise that a little bit of compromise on the location of the hotel room can pay off huge. “At tropical destinations, beach proximity can affect the total cost of your trip,” said Gabe Saglie, senior editor for Travelzoo. “Staying in a room with a garden view instead of an ocean view can save you 30 percent on your stay, and the shore is still a short stroll away.

Additional tips:

  • When to Book: If you’re traveling to the Caribbean, you’ll get the best deals by booking two to four weeks in advance. Within North America, the magic number is four to six weeks.
  • What to Avoid: Mexican cities are continuing to rise in popularity — which means they’ll be crowded. Look for off-the-beaten-path locations stateside instead, like Raleigh, N.C., Lexington, Ky., or Mobile, Ala.
  • When to Fly: Southwest Airlines offers its fare deals between Tuesdays and Thursdays.

These tips are geared for spring break, however you can pretty much apply them for any getaway.

Happy vacationing!


  1. nice tips

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