Spring break! It doesn’t quite translate in text, but that phrase needs to be bellowed at high volume, dragging out each word with winter-weary relish. With the end of February upon us, spring-break season can finally begin in earnest.
As college students, families, and intrepid young couples emerge from the bleary hibernation of the winter months, their eyes and wallets turn toward spring break vacation spots around the world, from open-sea cruises to ski-able mountains to beachfront joys.
Now, of course, is the time for travel agencies, resorts and destinations to begin offering spring break deals in earnest. Here five of 2012’s best early spring break deals around:
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation‘s (NYSE:WYN) empire of vacation facilities spans most of the globe, but the company is heavily pushing its Florida properties in anticipation of spring break. The company is offering spring break deals in eight beachfront cities across Florida, including Miami Beach, Orlando and Jacksonville, through March 15. It’s a good option for beer-swilling college partiers and families alike.
Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN) goes a step further than a specific locale or parent company in offering spring break deals. It searches its massive database of available deals, then tailors one specifically for users based on their hometowns. The spring break deals are tempting, to say the least. One example: Flights from New York City to Las Vegas, round-trip, are just $250 — and a car rental in Nevada’s most infamous den of excess is just $17 per day.
Daily deals icon Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) is technically always offering significant discounts on a variety of vacations through its Getaways service. It also happens to be an excellent spring break deal resource. For city-loving couples looking to get away, Groupon is offering spectacular selections for March. A perfect example: One night for two adults, including breakfast at Silversmith Hotels in Chicago, is just $109. That promotion ends March 3. Luckily, it will immediately be replaced by another deal.
Like Priceline, Orbitz (NYSE:OWW) is a portal to all kinds of fantastic spring break deals. Whether you want to go on a Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL) cruise or book a Marriott (NYSE:MAR) room in Hawaii, Orbitz can make it happen. The site itself is offering a nice spring break discount itself, too. From Feb. 29 to April 15, Orbitz is offering a $50 coupon on packages that include a round-trip flight and four or more nights at a hotel. $50? That’s at least five drinks wherever you end up.
Technically speaking, there is no time of year that Disney (NYSE:DIS) isn’t running a plethora of promotions to lure consumers to their hugely lucrative theme parks. The original — Disneyland, in Anaheim, Calif. — is running a number of killer spring break deals. These include 30% off nightly rates at Disneyland hotels and up to $40 off regular ticket prices. For families, Disney’s deals are pretty appealing.