Family Vacation Package Deals
This year, for spring break, I set out to book us a great family vacation, but I had a pretty strict budget that I wanted to follow. We had only a few guidelines for our trip. We wanted to enjoy warm weather, and we needed to travel during our kids’ school vacation week. Armed with a list of destinations, I checked out package deals – hotel plus airfare – to some of our selected destinations. I checked out Puerto Rico, San Diego, Phoenix, and Fort Myers, and after seeing the huge price differences, we decided to spend our spring break vacation in Fort Myers. By booking a vacation package through Jetblue Getaways, we saved over $600 on our total vacation price.
If your family is looking to get a great travel deal to a popular destination, a vacation package deal may work for you too. I’ve booked deals on Priceline.com (where I booked the Pointe Hilton Tapetio Cliffs in Phoenix, AZ), and Jetblue Getaways and have always gotten a great deal. Here are a few tips to follow when booking your family vacation:
- Know your prices. Make sure you price out your trip separately to see what that price is. It’s a good idea to start with a package just to get an idea of prices, but make sure a deal is a deal.
Check several websites. I was surprised to find that Jetblue Getaways offered a better price on our trip than Priceline did.
Read the small print. Sometimes you won’t be able to get reward points with packages booked through third parties. You’ll also want to make sure you know the cancellation policies.
Don’t forget about points. You can often get extra airline or reward points if you book through affiliated sites like Southwest Vacations, Jetblue Getaways, or American Express travel.
Have you booked a vacation package before? What was your experience?