Gary’s Tip #3: Think off-season.
For parents, it’s hard to travel any time other than school vacations. Peak season is called that for a reason; everyone is venturing out for the good weather. At this time, even inexpensive places get pricey and get too busy to provide great service. I hate having to get up early to head down to the beach to reserve a beach chair!
So for those of you who aren’t so encumbered take advantage of the time when families aren’t crowding airports and accommodations. Hotels are more peaceful, less full, and they tend to offer great discounts. You’ll find more than just deals on room rates. Spa and dining establishments give incentives to keep not just you, but more so their employees happy.
Combining off-season or shoulder season timing with my previous tips , I’ve done really well. For instance, the Le Meridien in Khao Lak, Thailand (an hour’s drive from Phuket) often offers standalone oceanfront villas with their own pool for as little as $250 per night from May through August. And in Las Vegas the season is the weekend, rates are much less on weekdays. A work colleague was recently planning to stay at Treasure Island for $139 per night. Since it was during the week I found her a great rate of $199 at the Four Seasons instead. As I instructed you to do, I told her to book through her travel agent that was a Four Seasons Preferred Partner so she received daily breakfast (choice of buffet or room service!), a room upgrade, and a $100 spa credit.
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(Photo: Mary’s Suite at Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Her review here.)Tweet this!