CHICAGO, IL, Feb. 26, 2007 - CheapTickets.com (www.cheaptickets.com), a leading online travel agency that knows "the less you pay, the better it feels(SM)," recognizes that students often have champagne tastes but operate on beer budgets. With that in mind, CheapTickets has done all the legwork to help these travelers get the best value during their Spring Break getaways.
CheapTickets' Cheap Squad has identified the top ten destinations where students are headed in March 2007 for a break from the books. The Spring Break Cheapometer not only provides the top ten college spring break destinations, but also evaluates the average daily rate (ADR) of 3-star hotels in each of the chosen markets to highlight where budget-conscious travelers can get the most bang for their buck.
"Spring Break is one of the most anticipated rites of passage for a college student but the price tag can be daunting," said Marita Hudson of CheapTickets' Cheap Squad(SM). "The CheapTickets' data outlined in the Cheapometer will allow students to plan their vacation without needing another student loan."
Not surprisingly, the most popular domestic and international destinations for CheapTickets' customers this Spring Break season were "hot" spots with plenty of sunshine. Miami claimed the top spot on the list, though as the destination is well into high-season, cost conscious students might expect higher than usual hotel room prices.
Another noteworthy Spring Break destination is Cancun, Mexico. The city has risen six spots on the CheapTickets Cheapometer since 2006, likely an example of recovery following the devastation of Hurricane Wilma. One year later, Cancun is thriving. However, CheapTickets data suggests that Acapulco is a more price-conscious alternative in 2007, where the ADR is $93.11 less per day.
"Students headed out of the United States should keep new passport rules top of mind when making travel plans," added Hudson. "Getting a passport can take several weeks and students should plan ahead or consider an expedition service that can generally secure passports in a tighter time frame for a fee."
|VOLUME 5: CHEAPTICKETS.COM SPRING BREAK CHEAPOMETER FOR MARCH 2007|
|CheapTickets Top Ten
|3-Star Hotel ADR²|
||San Jose Cabo
||Key West, FL
||South Padre Island, TX
¹Spring Break destinations were nominated by CheapTickets staff and ranked using aggregate hotel data. Rankings are based on CheapTickets hotel bookings as of 2-14-06 for March arrivals.
²Average daily rate was calculated by taking the average price for all 3-star hotel bookings purchased on CheapTickets.com as of 2-7-07 for travel in March.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS: CHEAPTICKETS BEST SPRING BREAK VALUE DESTINATION OF 2007
South Padre Island, where demand and value come together, is a great choice for student travelers. This is why CheapTickets has named the Texas favorite the "Best Spring Break Value Destination" for 2007.
With the ADR for a 3-star hotel at $111.68, South Padre Island's Spring Breakers will likely pay less than half of traditional destinations such as Key West. Money aside, South Padre Island is a haven for the college crowd, with average March temperatures in the 80s, a bevy of clubs, concerts and contests to keep students entertained and headed back to class with a smile on their face after enjoying the beautiful Gulf of Mexico for some rest and relaxation.
Adventure seekers can check out Isla Blanca Park on the southernmost tip of South Padre Island, considered by many to be the number one surfing destination in the Gulf. Nature enthusiast can swim with dolphins at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.
CHEAPTICKETS SPRING BREAK SALE: $75 OFF FLORIDA PACAKAGING (AIR + HOTEL)*
Florida cities, while high in demand, may not be at the top of our Spring Break Value Cheapometer; however CheapTickets' Spring Break sale will certainly help students stay within their travel budgets this year.
Select a Florida flight + hotel package, and enter promotion code CHEAPFLORIDA under "total cost." The offer is good for stays of 3+ nights for travel through December 20, 2007. Travel must be booked by March 18 to save!
For learn more about the CheapTickets Spring Break sale or to find great package deals visit: http://www.cheaptickets.com/App/PrepareDealsHome.
*Book a qualifying Florida flight + hotel package -- indicated by a coupon icon -- between February 12, 2007, and March 18, 2007, for 3 or more nights for travel between February 12, 2007, and December 20, 2007, via CheapTickets ("Qualifying Purchase") and instantly receive $75 off your purchase on CheapTickets through the use of the promotion code ("Instant Discount"). Only Qualifying Purchases made through March 18, 2007, by 11:59 p.m. CT ("Promotional Period") shall qualify for the Instant Discount. Only one Instant Discount allowed per hotel room. Instant Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Once Instant Discount has been redeemed, it may not be returned or refunded for any reason. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. CheapTickets reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. In the event of any violation of these terms and conditions, CheapTickets reserves the right to not honor the Instant Discount, cancel your reservation, and pursue other remedies.
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