Flights can cost nearly as much as lodging, and some people tend to forget this. All-inclusive resort deals often offer the option of bundling the flight into the resort deal, which takes even more stress out of vacation planning. Statistically, Sundays and Tuesdays are the best days to buy tickets, and the best days to fly as well. If you’re savvy at the internet, you can turn on price alerts to notify you when prices surge or plummet within a certain date range, increasing your chances of getting the best flight deal. Time of day is a good thing to watch for too. Not everyone wants to fly at 5:00 in the morning, but if you do, you may be able to save a considerable amount of money.
Booking websites like TravelZoo, Booking.com, Expedia, Hotwire, and Orbitz will all have around the same prices for resorts. However, occasionally one website will have a better deal for the resort you’re looking at, so we highly suggest comparison shopping.
If you’re traveling with a larger group, you can definitely save by booking all together. Many resorts have deals for larger groups, and no one will get left with a room separated from the others!
Off season times like January and February, or after Spring Break (April, May, and June) can be the best times to look for a deal. You’ll also enjoy more privacy with fewer people around.
If you’re a great planner, you can save thousands of dollars by locking in your vacation months ahead of time. Alternatively, if you get some time off and want to hit the beach in a week, you may be able to get great last minute deals at half the price. Either way, a bit of prudence and patience will undoubtedly result in a fantastic beachy time.
When you’re at your resort, make the most out of your vacation by familiarizing yourself with the property, the staff, the customs, and everything else you may not know. Some people forget that the staff exists for your questions as well as your needs, so don’t hesitate to ask for some tips on how to maximize your relaxation and take full advantage of every facet and feature you’ve already paid for.