7 Family Vacation Bargains to Snag Right Now

Family Travel on 01.08.13

Image: Atlantis Bahamas

If your number-one New Year’s resolution is to find an affordable family vacation, congratulate yourself as you tick it off your list. Whether your idea of the perfect getaway with kids looks like an island beach, an indoor waterpark, or a snow-capped mountain resort, here are seven winter deals that are both family-friendly and wallet-friendly.

1. The Bahamas

Pining for a tropical escape but can’t afford the airfare? The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has just the deal for you: Save $300 instantly on your airfare when you book a winter stay of six days or more at your choice of dozens of properties, including Atlantis. Can’t get away for that long? You can snag $200 in instant savings when you book a stay of at least three nights.

2. Keystone, Colorado

Image: Keystone Resort

If you love family ski trips but hate the steep price tag, start packing for Keystone, where kids 12 and under can ski and ride for free every day, all season long, as long as you book a stay of two nights or more in resort accommodations that range from hotels to condos.

3. New York City

Who doesn’t love getting luxury for less? Killer views of New York Harbor and the Lower Manhattan skyline make the plush Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park a phenomenal choice. Book a three-night stay through February  28 and your last night is free. Use promo code LPR.

4. Great Wolf Lodge

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Image: Great Wolf Lodge

With 11 locations from Washington State to Niagara Falls, this mega-popular indoor waterpark chain is ideal for a fun-filled family break that doesn’t break the bank. Snag up to 20 percent in early-bird savings when you book a stay of two or more nights by January 11 for travel through March 7. Use promo code EARLY.

5. Hawaii

Live on the west coast? Hawaii has recently become more affordable, thanks to new air routes from Alaska, Allegiant, and WestJet airlines. More competition means lower airfares, and you’ll find good-value Hawaii packages a-plenty on sites like Expedia, making the Aloha State a great bet for bargain hunters this winter.

6. Beverly Hills

Nothing wipes the jaded stare off a teen’s face faster than a trip to the land of swimming pools and movie stars. Book two nights and get your third night free at the Beverly Hilton, the glamorous landmark hotel that hosts the Golden Globes every year.

7. New Hampshire

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Image: Red Jacket Mountain Resort

How much fun can your family handle in the White Mountains? Red Jacket Mountain Resort’s Ski, Splash & Stay package starts at $371 a night and includes lodging, breakfast, ski lift tickets to nearby Cranmore Mountain, plus admission to the 40,000-square-foot Kahuna Laguna Waterpark.

--Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

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