With Spring Break quickly approaching, we compiled our top tips for budget-conscious Spring Breakers (and procrastinators) on how to get the most out of their trip while spending the least on airfare and lodging.
After looking at historical flight data, as well as roundtrip airfare between five major U.S. airports and some of the most-popular Spring Break destinations, we advise:
Book by Presidents’ Day for the Best Deals
Prospective Spring Breakers who book flights after Presidents’ Day (February 17) could end up paying up to 12 percent more on airfare—an average of $50 more—if they book in the last two weeks of February. Those who wait until early March to book could pay an average of 53 percent more—which could mean up to $215 less spending money for the big trip.
“Spring Break is a peak travel time, which means higher-than-typical airfare” said Adam Goldstein, Hipmunk CEO. “But the sooner you book, the more you can save, and the more money you’ll have for spending on your trip.”
Need a Round-Trip Ticket for Under $500? No Problem
For Spring Breakers undecided on where to go, but keen to fly without breaking the bank, we looked at roundtrip airfare prices out of five major U.S. airports for the week of March 16-23, 2014 and found five popular U.S. destinations with roundtrip airfare for under $500—Las Vegas, San Diego, New York City, Miami, and Puerto Rico.
Need a Last Minute Place to Stay? Check out Hipmunk’s “Tonight Deals”
For Spring Break procrastinators, Hipmunk’s Tonight Deals mobile app feature helps users find and book hotels for up to 60 percent off standard hotel rates. It also aggregates available bookings via Airbnb and HomeAway, which could be an inexpensive way to go, particularly for groups. When booking a last-minute place to stay, travelers also can use Hipmunk’s Heatmaps feature to see which neighborhoods are most popular for food, tourism,shopping, and nightlife.
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We’ve curated five of our top destinations perfect for any traveler looking to escape the cold and bask in the sun. Best part, each location’s average airfare is just under $500 roundtrip!
R&R with the Gals
With average airfare at $460 round trip, the beaches and shopping malls in San Diego make for the perfect girls trip. Layout in your new bathing suit at Ocean Beach while enjoying an acai bowl from O.B. Smoothie Bar and Subs. If you need a break from the waves, head to Mission Valley mall where you’ll find stores that meet every shopping need. When the sun sets, enjoy dinner at Sapori on the beautiful Coronado island. With mellow bars and gorgeous weather, San Diego is the best place to rest and relax with your girlfriends.
Collegiate Spring Break
Whether your University is on the east or west coast, all eyes are set on Miami for an epic spring break. With average airfare at $473, we can’t blame ya. If you’re vacationing with your roommates or friends from greek-life, South Beach is where you want to be. Bars, beaches, and boutiques all in one central location make it so you never have to leave (we doubt you’ll want to).
Quality Family Time
Pristine beaches and suburban atmosphere make Orange County the perfect place to vacation with your family. Average airfare is $373 round trip, which makes it affordable for everyone. Laguna Beach has small beaches unknown to tourists, while Newport Beach has great shopping and family-friendly restaurants at Fashion Island. And of course, you can’t forget that Disneyland is just a quick drive away – any kids ultimate spring break trip!
If you want to vacation with your best guy friends without any hassle for only $391 average round trip, then head to Vegas. Make your way to the strip and choose to crash at one of the amazing Vegas hotels. Mandalay Bay has outstanding pools and Caesar’s Palace boasts one of the best buffets. Last but not least, it’ll be March Madness! Go to Aria’s books to place your bets and hope you make some money from your winning bracket.
A trip to Phoenix is the ideal place for a couple who doesn’t want to deal with sandy beaches, college students, or kids during their spring travels. Fly to the scenic desert springs for an average of $377 round trip. In North Scottsdale, you and your plus one can choose from shopping at the outdoor mall, dining at Pizzeria Bianco, or a round of golf at The Raven Golf club. Just be sure to explore the beautiful desert rocks before you leave.
There you have it – 5 trips to take this spring for under $500. Share pictures of your spring travels with us using #SpringMunk on Twitter and Instagram.