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Saving on Vacations and "Staycations"

Melea Johnson with Freebies 2 Deals talks about getting the best deals for summer fun.
AIRFARE:

Jet Blue comes out with $49 and $59 One-Way Airfare Sales about once a month. They are as low as $49 and go up depending on what Jet Blue decides to do. However, I have been able to purchase $49 tickets to Long Beach, California (Disneyland) from Salt Lake City, Utah a few times in the past! So, for our little family- it was a ton cheaper to fly $100 per person to Disneyland! Sign up for the Jet Blue Emails, and you will know when they start those sales. Keep watching and wait for the sale that works the best for you!
Southwest Airlines comes out with airfare sales just about every week. They usually start on a Tuesday and Southwest will give you 3 days or so to book your travel. As long as your travel dates are at least 14 days in advance, the sale rates will apply to you. I’ve snagged one-way tickets to Las Vegas from Salt Lake City for as low as $39 before. (Although the norm right now is $59). It was cheaper than driving and fun little get away for us!
If you can, don’t fly on Sundays. Prices on flights are marked up a TON more on Sundays. Try to travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Saturdays. Those days usually have the lowest airfare prices.
Did you know that airfare prices for the same flight can change up to 4 times a day?? So, if you really want to get the best price, keep checking and watching! Another tip is to purchase your airfare on a Monday or Tuesday. Prices typically start to go back up on Wednesdays.

HOTELS:

Here are a few of my favorite sites to check for Hotel Deals. TIP: Every travel site will have different prices for the same hotel on the same dates. So don’t just check one… or you might not be getting the best deal!

Expedia: They have sales on Hotels and Vacations on a regular basis!
Orbitz: These guys have sales and even put out promo codes for an extra 15% off!
Hotwire: You won’t know what the name of your hotel is.. but you can pick what star rating and other amenities you want when you book!
Jetsetter: This is a daily deal site for Hotels all over the world. They have special Flash Sales with deeper discounts as well! You can save a bunch on everything from Staycations to International Trips!
Book It: They usually have some good promotions and extras thrown in like credits to a spa or dining credit.
Living Social Escapes: This is a daily deal site. But, they have a lot of vacation deals all over the World.. and as close to home as your own state!
Groupon Getaways: Don’t forget Groupon! They have vacation deals all of the time. We have used them a few times to get crazy deals on hotels!


Travelzoo: This is BY FAR my all-time favorite travel tool! They usually have a lot of last-minute travel deals that can save you serious moolah. Plus, they find the absolute best of the best each Wednesday and email them out in their TOP 20 List! They are the top 20 deals in the world.

I love looking at them each week. Some of the prices I have seen in the past have been so ridiculous that they sell out super fast. (Which is why you want to be on the email list- so you don’t miss them). So head over and sign up for the Travel Zoo Email List so you can get these updates too. They will send deals on everything from Disneyland to 12 Day Cruises in the Mediterranean!

I’ve said this before, but Get Away Today is the best place to get a deal on Disneyland! We have gone to Disneyland a bunch of times and I always price hunt other travel sites and put together a bunch of different deal scenarios. Every single time, Get Away Today is a better deal! Plus, they always throw in extras like Free Breakfasts at Hotels, the taxes and fees are already included in your rate, and more.

Because I have always been so pleased with Get Away Today on our own vacations, I have worked with them to provide the BEST Discount on a Disneyland Vacation Sept 24th-28th for anyone who wants to join! It is Disney’s Halloween Time and my favorite time to be at Disneyland! There are a bunch of options to choose from depending on your budget. Plus, even though Disneyland’s Ticket Prices have gone up, they are still giving Freebies2Deals readers the cheaper ticket price in the packages! Here are the details if you want to know more!

If you want to book different dates and head to Disneyland, GetAwayToday has given Freebies2Deals readers an extra $10 off when you book both your room and tickets. Just use coupon code Freebies2Deals for an extra $10 off any 2 night or longer package with a minimum of 2 tickets. The code can be used over the phone or online!
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