Are you counting the days until Summer? We are! Even though we live in Southern California where you can have fun outdoors almost all year round, we still can’t wait for school to go on break. There’s something about planning what to do during Summer that adds extra excitement. The local parks have free family movie nights, libraries offer great free programming and activities for kids, even getting a softie from the ice cream truck is more of a treat during the summer months. There’s never a shortage to actually do over Summer, but if you were hoping to take a vacation, or try a theme park you haven’t been to yet, grabbing a deal over the Summer can take a bit of planning.
The U.S. Travel Association puts together a great list of travel deals on the website Daily Getaways. I’ll show you how you can grab some heavily discounted tickets to theme parks and great rates on hotels, too! Even better, if you participate in the April 20, 2017 #KidsNTrips Twitter Party you have the chance to win one of two $100 AMEX gift cards (which can always be used on travel!). Details below…
WHAT: Deeply discounted points and packages from big name travel brands for hotel room nights, car rentals, theme park admission and more. New Daily Getaways deals in 2017 include offers from MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, Loews Hotels and many more. Top deals include travel packages such as a such as a three-night stay at The Mirage Las Vegas for $1,750 to 50 percent off deals to save on Alamo car rentals. Other deals include admission to your choice of any three SeaWorld® parks, your choice of Busch Gardens® parks, or tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood(SM) or Universal Orlando Resort™ with savings up to 50 percent.
WHO: U.S and Canadian residents, age 18 or older, are permitted to purchase available offers throughout the promotion period or until the limited inventory is sold out. Quantities are limited and individual offer terms apply.
WHEN: Preview deals on April 3 and begin buying on April 10. Each weekday a new exclusive offer from a prominent travel brand is unveiled on DailyGetaways.com at 1 p.m. EDT, and it becomes available for purchase throughout the promotion period, while supplies last. Daily Getaways concludes Wednesday, May 10. You can view the Daily Getaways calendar here:
What I love about these deals, besides the opportunity to save money, is that they’re not all about hotels. There are plenty of local families in our area of San Diego that can’t afford to travel far away for a Summer holiday, but they could grab a $50 Sea World ticket. That might not be much of a deal if you’re going in the Spring, but if you don’t have the time to go until Summer, then you’re saving $23/ticket and if you’re bringing the whole family that adds up fast!
TIP: Make sure that you are ready to buy that deal at 1 p.m. I already missed the Omni hotel deal because I was an hour late getting to my computer. The U.S. Travel Association promotes their deals on Twitter
As you can imagine, I jumped when I saw this deal! My husband and I are trying to get back to Vegas for our 10 year anniversary this summer. Caesars is where I first stayed with my grandparents when they took me to Vegas after turning twenty-one. That resort will always have a special place in my heart – even if I can’t always afford to gamble there the way I’d like to!
TIP: If you see a deal that you like, don’t miss the “Alert me” link. Click on that and it will take you to a page where you can give them your email address if you want to know when that particular deal becomes available. Opt in for other deal email notifications, too.
#KIDSNTRIPS Summer Family Travel Twitter Party
No RSVP is necessary and the prize winner will be announced after the party when we’ve confirmed participant eligibility.
When: Thursday, April 20 at 9:30am PT/12:30pm ET
Where: On Twitter using the hashtag #KidsNTrips
Prizes: Win 1 of 2 AMEX $100 gift cards
Sponsor: U.S. Travel Association
Restrictions: Must be 18+ to win. Open to U.S. residents. No purchase necessary to win. Prizes will be awarded to two #KidsNTrips Twitter Party participants. The winners will be chosen at random and notified via Twitter shortly after the party.