Tips for Getting the Best Vacation Packages

A well-deserved vacation can reinvigorate the mind and give you a fresh perspective on your daily life. Look below for great deals on vacation packages!

Be Flexible on the Destination

As mentioned before, I was able to get more value out of the money I spent by changing destinations in Mexico. Travelers can get the most value out of vacation packages if they are open to any destination. Let’s say you want to go to the beach or the family wants to go skiing, there are many places in the world to do this. It could be in your own backyard or halfway around the world. When you are more flexible on the destination, then you are going to get a better deal.

Be Flexible on Time and Check Back Often

Just like with flexibility on the destination, travelers who are flexible with when they go are going to get better value. Expand your search to what days you can travel, how long you stay, and even the time of day for flights you can take. Think 6 a.m. or even red-eye flights. The more flexibility you have with your time the more value you will receive in your vacation package. Here are three times that you can get great deals: Early December, the last three weeks of January and the first week of February. These are considered off-season for most destinations. Obviously, traveling during holidays and peak seasons will cost you more. If you can’t be flexible about the time, find out when the shoulder season is to the destination you want to go to.

Book Far in Advance or Book Last Minute

This is just a theory of mine, but I have found the best vacation package deals I have gotten are either way in advance (things like Christmas and Spring Break dates) or last minute deals. Travelers typically get the best value when they plan more than three months in advance or less than one to two weeks in advance.

Travel to and From a Major Airport Hub

Generally, if you fly from a major airport hub, you have more options available to you. I know I always see great deals going out of JFK or LAX for overseas vacation bookings. Keep in mind that you can still choose these deals, you just need to check the airlines to see what additional fees it will cost you to get to these major hubs. Remember, they will not be a continuous booking with the vacation package you purchased. So they most likely won’t be able to check your bag all the way through on a connecting flight. And most likely you will have to change terminals. These things typically take you more time than a direct nonstop or continuous bookings.