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1) Ask about a resort preview rate
A resort preview is basically where you sit through a timeshare sales pitch in exchange for a HUGE discount. The pitch is usually no more than 2 hours and you are under no obligation to buy anything. We have gotten VIP access, 4 nights stays for the price of 1 night, and even free stays just for showing up.
To find hotels offering a resort preview promotion you can either call or visit the website of the hotel you would like to stay at or visit the cities tourism website and search for timeshare promotions. Here is the website for Orlando’s current timeshare promotions. Be sure to read the list of requirements to make sure you are eligible before booking.
2) Buy packages
If you are travelling and you already know what activities you want to do, see if your hotel offers any packages that include tickets with your stay. For example, a ticket to Disney World costs $99 but with this package you get a 3 day 2 night stay plus 2 tickets to 1 park in Disney World for $199. Groupon also offers great packages and free attraction tickets with hotel stays.
3) Find where kids eat free
So many restaurants offer free kids meals after a certain time and it is a great way to save money while traveling. Check out this list of 63 restaurants that offer free or discounted kids meals. Select Cities also honor this Kids Eat Free Card which you can purchase for $25 (sometimes even cheaper on Groupon or other discount sites). An even better way to save money on food is to stay in a room that has a kitchenette or full kitchen, this way you can make a few meals for yourself, save leftovers, and keep cold drinks on hand.
4) Find a resort that has worthwhile amenities
Pools are nice but water parks are better. You are already paying for a room so it only makes sense to find a hotel that also has amazing entertainment. While price comparing, resorts with amenities such as mini golf, water parks, and paddle boats usually aren’t that much more expensive then hotels that just have a little pool and gym.
5) Compare flights
I hope you have a great time traveling this summer and save BIG!