This Week’s Top 10 Budget Travel Deals

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The typical family plans their vacation by…

1. Deciding where they want to go.
2. Searching for the best deals.

Maybe it’s time to reverse that thinking, maybe it’s time to find a deal first and a destination second.

When it comes to searching for deals, the traditional travel sites are a good starting point, but try a few of these unconventional ways to save money on travel like Groupon Getaways, discounted gift cards, cash back for travel or be spontaneous with last minute travel deals!

This week, has discounted gift cards American Airlines (5% off), Southwest (5% off), United Airlines (5% off) plus huge savings on hotel gift cards like Choice Hotels (12% off), Fairmont Hotels (10% off), Four Seasons (11% off), Hyatt (8% off), Marriott (6% off). Snatch up these discounted gift cards now to save on your next getaway or summer vacation.

Groupon:From $760 3-Night Stay with Welcome Cocktail Vouchers at Napili Kai Beach Resort in Maui


Groupon: From $1,079 4- or 7-Night Stay in a Casita, Three-Bedroom Villa, or Four-Bedroom Villa at Kalia Modern Eco-Living in Costa Rica


Groupon: From $389 3-, 5-, or 7-Night Stay for up to Six at Royal Palm Beach Resort in St. Maarten


Groupon: From $349 3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-Night All-Inclusive Stay for Two at Vamar Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Groupon: From $149/night All-Inclusive Stay at El Cid La Ceiba Beach in Cozumel, Mexico

A Vacation Layaway Plan – Genius!, the #1 provider of discount Disneyland family vacations, now offers vacation layaway plans. You select your vacation package complete with discount tickets, free hotel nights and all the goodies. $125 deposit holds your vacation package and locks in the savings. You decide how much you want to pay and when you want to pay, as long as your vacation is paid in full 2 weeks before traveling. WOW…that’s easy on the budget! Save $10 when you enter coupon code: budgetdiet14.’s layaway plan is an affordable, no-interest way to save for vacation.
Bed & Breakfast Deal
Get a free $15 gift card with every $100 in gift card purchased! Use promo code: BBSTACKED. Expires April 16, 2014.
Earn Cash Back for Travel!
Here’s just a small sampling of the current Cash Back Travel Deals from Ebates. Don’t forget, in addition to cash back, you’ll also discover coupon codes to save you even more money on travel.

  • – 4.25% cash back
  • Orbitz – up to 5.25% cash back
  • Travelocity – up to 10% cash back
  • Avis – 2.5%
  • Budget Rent-A-Car – 3%
  • Choice Hotels – 3.5%
  • Comfort Inn – 3.5%
  • Dollar Rent-A-Car – 4.5%
  • Econo Lodge – 3.5%
  • Expedia – up to 5%
  • Gray Line Tours New York – 7.5%
  • Groupon Getaways – 3%
  • Priceline – up to 5%
  • Harrah’s Las Vegas, Atlantic City & Reno – 2.5%
  • Quality Inn – 3.5%
  • Radisson – 3.5%
  • Rodeway Inn – 3.5%
  • Sleep Inn – 3.5%
  • Thrifty Car Rental – 4.5%

Cash Back from Ebates – it’s no-brainer instant savings! Start all your summer travel plans on

Remember…deal first, destination second!

Happy Savings & Happy Travels!

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  1. Kristl /

    So glad to hear that you use Ebates to save on travel! The Groupon travel deals are great, but you have to be open minded about your travel destination…as I say, “deal first, destination second!”

  2. Definitely love booking through eBates! So much money can be saved and earned there! Haven’t tried Groupon or Living Social for travel deals far away but the ones we’ve done within driving distance have been great!

  3. Simply wanna admit that this is handy , Thanks for taking your time to write this. “Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars.” by Fred Allen.

  4. Always loved deals on traveling! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Kristl /

    I’m hooked on these deal sites, and I’m thrilled they’re getting into the travel business! As I always say…”deal first, destination second.” Don’t get your heart set on a certain destination, instead get excited about a great travel deal.

  6. Checkout (it’s just like groupon) for more great deals!

  7. Love your story & the happy ending! Deal first, destination second is a huge money savings, but you have to have an open mind!

  8. One of our best trips was found through deal first, travel second. We’d planned a trip to Rome, the boys were 21 and 16, two special years, so we were going to take them as a gift. The oldest was/is in the military and just couldn’t get the time (he was in the states and had vacation time) because of training. Hubby and I had been, and loved it, but wanted to try something new and save a second trip to Rome for when the boys could join us. We looked around and found a GREAT deal (1/4 of the price of our Rome vacation) to Prague in the Czech Republic. What a great vacation it turned out to be!!!

    Sooo…long story short, lol (too late for that, I know), I totally agree that keeping an open mind can lead to a really great vacation. Great advice!

  9. Some great finds here! Thanks so much. It’s nice to have a bunch to choose from together in one place.


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