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Top Travel Tips for Budget-Conscious Spring Break Travelers

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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Win a Trip to LA from Hipmunk and Virgin America – Contest Ends Tomorrow!

 

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Spring is just around the corner. If you’re stuck thinking about vacation plans, think no further – we’ve got the perfect getaway for you. Hipmunk and Virgin America are sending you and a friend to have some fun in sunny Los Angeles.  Enter here!

One lucky flyer will win two Virgin America round-trip tickets departing from Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Portland, or Washington DC to the southern California coast, good for travel starting March 1, 2013. The winner will also score a four-night hotel stay in Santa Monica at the Shore Hotel, courtesy of Hipmunk.

So stop scrambling to figure out last minute plans. Just head here by Friday, February 8, 2013 and share the link to let your friends know you’ve entered #HipmunkVX.
Time is a tickin’.. enter now before it’s too late!

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Escape Winter for Spring Break in LA with Hipmunk and Virgin America

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Winter got you down? Cheer up, because Hipmunk and Virgin America want to send you and a friend for some fun in the sun in Los Angeles. Click here to enter!

One lucky flyer will win two Virgin America round-trip tickets departing from Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Portland, or Washington DC to the southern California coast, good for travel starting March 1, 2013. The winner will also score a four-night hotel stay in Santa Monica at the Shore Hotel, courtesy of Hipmunk.

Whether you need spring break plans or just an excuse to get away, here’s your shot. Just head here by February 8, 2013, break out your swimsuit, and share the link to let your friends know you’ve entered #HipmunkVX—you never know, they may just select you if they win.

California’s calling… make sure you don’t miss out, enter now!

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