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Spring Break Travel Deals

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If you're starting to think about your spring break plans, or do a lot of traveling and need some time saving tips, travel expert Tracy O'Connor is here!

TIP 1: VACATION IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

  • Keep your friends close and your vacations closer if you want to SAVE! 
  • Here in Southern California... we have an Island destination in our own backyards.  And even better, because it's off season (not peak)…
  • Catalina Island has several Catalina Express/Hotel packages up to 30% savings – on right now through early spring!! 
  • Chic Hotel Metropole's incredible deal! includes the Catalina Express boat trip to and from for two, champagne in your room, center of town, great views and more.  My favorite hotel on the island!
  • Zip & Ship Deal = Catalina Express takes you on a day trip there… you Zipline your way around the Island and are back home that same night.
  • Catalina Express… also has travel on your birthday for free!
  • All deals include Catalina Express boat (out of San Pedro, Dana Point and Long Beach ports – a $150 value for 2 ppl)
  • VALENTINE'S DAY is just around the corner too and several romantic packages are already up.
  • Great restaurant: Avalon Grille– Fresh food, incredible service, comfortable and refined dining experience.
  • Check out Catalina Deals and Packages for Valentine's Day and Early Spring here.

 

TIP 2: GLOBAL ENTRY PROGRAM:  AKA NO CUSTOMS LINE!

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows EXPEDITED CLEARANCE thru customs (for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival into the US. AWESOME!!
  • Apply online and have an in person interview. Once approved, pay a small fee and you are good for 5 years!
  • Enter the US by using the automated Global Entry kiosks at most major airports.  You need your passport or US permanent resident card, and your fingerprint = Easy, breeeezy entry!! 
  • The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit. 
  • NO CUSTOM LINE – I REPEAT!! You are outta there even before the flight crews! FANCY YOU.
  • For more information on Global Entry or to Apply, click here

Now…Want to save Time AND Money?

TIP 3: CHECK OUT ONLINE DEAL CURATORS like TRAVELZOO:  

  • Save you TIME by scouring the web for you and MONEY by publishing the very best deals from 30-60% off.
  • Can sign up for their weekly emails for first look at all kinds of daily deals and travel deals for families, golf trips, romance – they are sure to have great stuff up for VALENTINES Day – and of course spring break.
  • MY STORY:  Boyfriend and I booked a trip to Cabo.   Get back from Resort, two days after I came home, deal came into my e-mailbox from TRAVELZOO for 50% off the very SAME PLACE we JUST stayed.
  • Many enviable destinations, including Cabo, Cancun, Costa Rica, the Bahamas and…
  • Almost 40% savings: ALL Inclusive Eco-Resort: Riviera Maya from LA
  • Guests stay at the Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa, which boasts mangrove forests, boat rides along the Mayan River, underground springs, a turtle lagoon and an aquapark with 17 waterslides. Stays at the adults-only Sandos Select Club are also discounted and available on most dates.

 

TIP 4: LOOK FOR LATE SEASON DEALS! Resorts and hotels often drop rates at the end of season to make or surpass their sales goals for that quarter. Always a great time to save!

  • SkiUtah.com has a bunch of tremendous late seasons SKI & STAY & SAVE packages.  From all over Utah – be it the Park City/ Salt Lake/ or the Northern/or Southern resorts. From 15-40% percent off! Have packages for families, guy trips or couples:
  • One Great Deal They are showing:   
  • Lodges at Deer Valley has Late Season & Family Value Packages KIDS SKI FREE … AND save 20% on lodging, lift tickets and kids' ski rentals. Big time savings!  
  • Family friendly amenities including hot tub, free hot breakfast buffet, on-site Deer Valley ski rental shop and complimentary in-town shuttle all within close proximity to Snow Park Lodge and Ski School, the perfect choice for families vacationing at Deer Valley Resort.  
  • I even saw a late seasons deal – for $50 a person that included lodging and tickets – WHOA. Click here for that MAJOR deal! 
  • A full list of all deals: Ski Utah Packages & Deals

 

TIP #5:  FLIGHT TRACKING AP – FLIGHT AWARE: Got this from insider information: a 777 airline pilot uses it!  Good enough for him?  Good enough for you! 

  • Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, windows phones and tablets. 
  • Easy to use:  Track ALL airline flight connections and status by Airline Name and Flight number
  • Delays/Cancellations
  • **Great if you have younger kids traveling alone - you can track their every move. **Or if you are picking someone up at the airport, can punch in the flight – know exactly the second they land – easy to be exactly on time and no circling around for hours at the airport wondering … and getting swatted away by security.
  • More info: visit Flightaware online.

Follow Tracy O'Connor on Twitter: @ClubTracy

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