$1400+ of Travel for $520

Discount Travel Tips I love to travel, and I’m always on the lookout for great deals on everything from flights and hotels to excursions and meals. From time to time, I’ve highlighted some of my great finds on this blog such as my trip to Greece where I scored the week-long lodging/ferry/meal package for $499, the trip to Colorado that cost just over $200, the castle tour of Ireland that included flights, cars and meals for two, and the list goes on. I’ve also listed my tips for how to make discount travel a reality no matter how tight your budget may be (some of these are the very tips I employed to make these current deals work for my interests and budget).

Over the past week, I’ve been on the hunt for some great travel options for 2013. In my quest to find deals that couldn’t be passed up and could make great gifts moving forward, I found the deals below. With a bit of creative budgeting and a whole lot of web surfing, I was able to fund nearly two full trips for two; one to Philadelphia and the other to Kauai.

The original cost of these pieces should have been $1,420.20. The total cost to me? $520.82.

A weekend in Philly for two for $171

For the trip to Philly, I capitalized on a JetBlue fire sale that ran when they introduced the new flights from Boston to Philly. The total cost—roundtrip including taxes—for the two of us ended up being $141.20. The current cost of the same flight for two is now $315.20.

When it came time for hotel arrangements, I happened to remember the $500 HotelClub gift credit I had won over the summer when J$ ran an awesome giveaway (Thanks again, J$!). At first, I thought the credit was just a bunch of junk as the hotels coming up in search results were priced far more than $500 for two nights. Remembering my own advice that patience is a virtue, I continued my search and eventually found a 4-star boutique hotel downtown that was covered completely with my credit.

HotelClub charged my $30.62 in taxes and fees but I scored a two-night upgraded reservation for Rittenhouse 1715. Based on their current loaded prices on their site, this reservation should have cost $478 (not including any additional taxes or fees)!

Island adventures for less than $350

For the Kauai trip, I again turned to my favorite discount travel site, TravelZoo (I’m definitely not paid to promote them, but I really should be…ha!). I’d taken a trip to Hawaii before using a TravelZoo deal for airfare back in 2008, but I had backpacked and stayed in hostels to keep expenses down.

This time, I was looking more for luxury and relaxation more than I was looking for a ‘roughing it’ experience. Score one for TravelZoo when I found a fantastic, 4-star resort offering a 3-night package for two. The original cost of the package? $627. Cost to me? $349.

Now of course there will be airfare expenses eventually added to the cost of this trip, but the deal was for a voucher that can be used anytime between now and June. I’ve come too far in my quest for financial independence to fall back into my extreme spending ways! But I’ll be certain to keep an eye out for additional airfare deals between now and then, and I’ll be booking only when I’ve found a discounted rate that fits the budget.


What travel deals have you found recently?


Photo credit: Andrea_44

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    • I was so excited to find them! Definitely check out TravelZoo–I usually find the best deals on their "Top 20" section, but I found the Kauai deal in the regular vacation section. Too good to pass up given it fits in the budget and because traveling is definitely something I love to do :)

  1. Nice! I haven't really saved on travel too recently BUT I did get the Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa. I earned $800 in airfare just for doing my regular spending. I just haven't cashed in for flights yet~

  2. Sounds awesome! Travel can add up and if you can find deals like that it makes it possible. We are planning to go to Europe in 2013 again. I will have to check out Travel Zoo and be on the look out for deals like you did. Groupon Travel runs some deals that seem pretty good but I've not been in a position to take advantage of any of them yet.

    • It most certainly can! Europe sounds very exciting–any ideas where yet? Definitely check out the Top 20 on TZ–the deals sometimes seem too good to be true but I've utilized a variety of them and can promise you won't end up stranded in the middle of nowhere.. :P

  3. Wow these are some great deals! The most recent travel deal I've found was for my honeymoon in June. We booked a year in advance and saved over $1000 using promo codes and early booking discounts. It was totally worth it as we managed to get into a Sandals resort for a pretty reasonable price.

  4. I love TravelZoo although haven't had a chance to use them in a LONG time since we have only been on one vacation in 3 years….Looks like you scored some good deals!

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