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Not necessarily just for vacation, maybe it was a business trip or traveling for other reasons.

Could be hotel, flight, package, don't matter. As I'm about to check out hotel and flight rates, lets hear the awesome deals you've gotten before!

My best deal was when we went to Orlando a few years ago. We stayed at a La Quinta and got our room (2 dbl beds, dbl sofa sleeper, mini fridge and microwave) for $20/night! Woohoo!

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How did you do that?? We have never taken a vacation and I hope to remedy that next summer.  I did get a really good rate renting a car once when I went to visit for my sister's wedding. I booked two months early online and paid for it then so it was discounted.  :)

It was a combination of the time of year (April) and they have weekend deals, where it's sometimes a great deal Friday-Sunday nights. We stayed for an additional 3 nights outside of the weekend rate and got those nights for $27/night due to his corporate rate. Still a great deal!

Just did 4nights/5 days in early feb. in the bahamas

For 2 we paid tax in 910.00 all inclusive

We were 5 min. walk from atlantis as well

Went to Mexico for 10 days at 5 star resort all inclusive for $600 cdn all in.

You can camp on Kuai county beach campsites for $3 a night. Some of the sites are within walking distance of grocery stores, so food is reasonable. If you go high class, it is $5 per person per night at the state campsites (like on the NaPali coast). 

While on summer break in college (2004), a friend and I had a two week break between house painting gigs. We found last minute tickets to Cancun, MX for $179 per person. We landed, took a $0.50 bus south to Tulum, and walked around on the beach looking for a cabana. Found a place (the Diamante K) and talked them into 1000 pesos for 2 weeks (about $100.00 at the time)!  We ate a lot of tacos, canned tuna, and PBJs (washed down with tequila, of course), but we only spent about $500 each for the entire trip!

I have always wanted to go back to Tulum. So beautiful and peaceful!

We cruise every year.  That's the cheapest all-around deal for us. 

In 1997, our family of five was on our trip to Disney in Orlando. The plane was way overbooked and the airline offered $400 voucher for each ticket. We turned ours in and got $2000 in ticket voucher for future travel. We were able to get on another plane and arrived at Orlando only 1 hour and 10 minute later than planned.

Now a days, you should opt for cash instead of vouchers.  Airlines now make you use the vouchers as standby tickets.  

aside from the free flight vouchers that i accrued in college, i think my best deal was a $200 roundtrip ticket from NYC to London.  this was years ago.  now the fuel charge alone is close to $200.

Original Post by scrambler22:

Went to Mexico for 10 days at 5 star resort all inclusive for $600 cdn all in.

My in-laws go to Cuba every year. A couple of years ago they booked a deal in the fall for their spring vacation- 2 weeks all inclusive in Holguin, $800 cdn for the 2 of them. We've looked a bit, but have never found rates like theirs or yours.

Original Post by fincharella:

While on summer break in college (2004), a friend and I had a two week break between house painting gigs. We found last minute tickets to Cancun, MX for $179 per person. We landed, took a $0.50 bus south to Tulum, and walked around on the beach looking for a cabana. Found a place (the Diamante K) and talked them into 1000 pesos for 2 weeks (about $100.00 at the time)!  We ate a lot of tacos, canned tuna, and PBJs (washed down with tequila, of course), but we only spent about $500 each for the entire trip!

I have always wanted to go back to Tulum. So beautiful and peaceful!

Wow, I would never be adventurous enough to go to a different country without accommodations firmly in place! Not just because I'm old either, because I was even worse about planning everything when I was younger, lol

We lived in Germany for a number of years back in the mid 90s.  There was an airline carrier over there that at the time was called Ryan Air, I think.  It was just a regional carrier, but very inexpensive.  We flew to London once and to Venice, Italy another time.  Both times we paid something like $20 a ticket.  So for my wife and I to fly both places, round trip, it only cost about $40 each time.  In was insane!!

Original Post by cincy46runner:

We lived in Germany for a number of years back in the mid 90s.  There was an airline carrier over there that at the time was called Ryan Air, I think.  It was just a regional carrier, but very inexpensive.  We flew to London once and to Venice, Italy another time.  Both times we paid something like $20 a ticket.  So for my wife and I to fly both places, round trip, it only cost about $40 each time.  In was insane!!

When we went to Italy 5 years ago, Ryan air had a promo running- free airfare to certain cities. The only fee was the tax. The deciding factor for us was the luggage fee...it was something like 30 or 40€ per bag! It would be perfect for someone living in Europe though.

Went to Florida in 2010.  Got free tickets to Disney by participating in the "Disney VolentEars" program (donated $60 in books and got 6 free one day passes to Disney).  Used a discount on my credit card to get 20% off the Universal Studios tickets, plus I got to put the kids on a card-sponsored float in the parade.  Used my parent's time-share and paid $230 for a weeks stay.  Booked the flight early using a seat sale during the off-season.

The biggest expense was food.

Spent $1000 per person for 2 weeks in Orlando.

Travelling during the off-season gets you some major discounts, especially with flights and hotels.  Plus the lineups are very short at the attractions.  The bad side is that some attractions aren't open and that the kids missed a few days of school (they had to do homework in the evenings, including keeping a journal). 

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