Feel like it’s too late to save money for Spring Break? Here are tips to help you make it happen.
The best way to save money for Spring Break is starting months – or even years – in advance. Put down a small deposit and take 12 to 24 months to pay off your tab. Buddy up with friends and family to reduce your costs, and be sure to use a travel agent who will keep an eye out for the best deals. There are many ways to save while enjoying the best destinations the first warm weather of the year has to offer. Hop aboard as we take you on a tour of our favorite ways to save for vacations with friends and family.
Use a Secured Travel Rewards Card for Payments
Using the right credit card can pay you back many times over. Rewards aren’t limited to consumers with the best credit. Secure cards are a good option for people with no or bad credit histories, and some of them offer travel benefits. They help you save in number ways:
- Cashback programs
- Discounted fares, baggage and more
- Miles and points toward free rooms and flights
- Free travel insurance coverage
A secured card requires you to put down a deposit, usually starting around $200. You then charge and pay your bill as you would with any other credit card. You won’t lose your deposit as long as your making payments on time.
Top travel reward secured credit cards include:
- SKYPASS Visa Secured Card (miles on any of 29 partners to Korean Air’s SKYPASS program, $250,000 in travel insurance coverage)
- AeroMexico Visa Secured Card (miles on AeroMexico, companion flights, discounts, free baggage)
- Capital One Secure Card (cash back, car rental insurance, trip accident insurance)
Organize a Group Trip for Maximum Benefits
Hotels and cruise ships catering to Spring Break crowds often provide group discounts. The number of rooms you need to book before free nights kick in depends on the supplier, from five to twelve rooms. Using a travel agent can help you tap into the best deals. Just make sure whoever you use rebates the discount instead of keeping the bonus all for themselves.
Successful group leaders can have the entire cost of their cabin or room at an all-inclusive resort rebated back to them. All it takes is finding enough people to travel to the same place at the same time. Resorts sweeten the deal by offering special meeting space and group benefits, like parties, chocolates or special excursions for your group available at discount prices.
Opt for Off-Beach Spring Break Escapes
Florida. The Bahamas. Myrtle Beach. They’re all popular spots for March and April getaways. Unfortunately, the surge in interest drives up prices, but you can enjoy warm weather and lower costs by heading to a different vacation spot.
Some of the best cities to visit during Spring Break include:
- Santa Fe, NM
- Austin, TX
- New Orleans, LA
- Nashville, TN
- Scottsdale, AZ
National parks can add affordable adventure to a trip too, with the best sites of the season including:
- Grand Canyon
- Channel Islands
- Zion National Park
- Great Smoky Mountains
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Great Sand Dunes
You could even take a kitschy themed road trip including like an extraterrestrial trek to Roswell, NM, and nearby White Sands National Monument. There are many ways to save while getting away for a few satisfying days of fun.
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