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Travelers Flee the Cold and Cash-In On Lower Flight Prices This Spring Break, According to Orbitz Insider Index

March 5, 2013

Orbitz Experts Identify Family Friendly Spring Break Spots that Avoid College Revelers

CHICAGO, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Spring Break travelers should move quickly to finalize plans and take advantage of lower airfares in many major markets, coupled with finding the remaining deals for hotels, where prices are up over 2012 because of a shortened spring break travel season related to an early Easter holiday, according to the travel experts at Orbitz.

With Easter falling in March this year, a compacted spring break season is creating more demand within a smaller window for hotels with prices on an upward trend when compared to spring break 2012. However, travelers will find refuge in cheaper flight costs than last year, according to the new Spring Break Orbitz Insider Index. The Index, which reveals the top 10 destinations for Spring Break based on hotel bookings, tracked year-over-year drops in average airfare in nine of the 10 markets on the list; with the biggest deals found in Los Angeles and New York (-13 percent) and Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers (-12 percent).

While the early holiday has created a condensed travel window, travelers can still find average daily hotel rates under $150 a night in three of the top 10 destinations – Orlando, Las Vegas and Tampa. Potentially because of low hotel prices, Orlando and Las Vegas took the top two spots respectively, followed by Cancun. After a winter that battered much of the country by storms, it comes as little surprise that nine of the top 10 spring break spots are located in warm-weather destinations. That bodes well for those looking for bargains on spring ski and snowboarding trips.

                                                                          Orbitz 2013 Top 10 Spring Break Destinations(1)

           Rank                 Destination              Hotel Avg. Daily      Hotel Avg. Daily
                                                            Rate 2013             Rate 2012             YOY Change          Avg. Airfare 2013      Avg. Airfare 2012  YOY change
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                    1  Orlando                                        $130                  $122                      +7%                  $428                  $450             -5%
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                    2  Las Vegas                                      $139                  $143                      -3%                  $415                  $409             +1%
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                    3  Cancun                                         $339                  $196                     +73%                  $692                  $734             -6%
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                    4  Fort Lauderdale                                $222                  $179                     +24%                  $388                  $439            -12%
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                    5  Fort Myers                                     $178                  $139                     +28%                  $440                  $499            -12%
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                    6  Phoenix                                        $195                  $143                     +36%                  $398                  $413             -4%
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                    7  Tampa                                          $144                  $130                     +11%                  $404                  $447            -10%
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                    8  New York                                       $316                  $280                     +13%                  $334                  $382            -13%
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                    9  Miami                                          $306                  $253                     +21%                  $465                  $505             -8%
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                   10  Los Angeles                                    $172                  $146                     +18%                  $412                  $472            -13%
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    (1)Top 10 Spring Break destinations are based on hotel bookings made on Orbitz.com for travel from March 1, 2013 -April 15, 2013. Average 2013 hotel rates are
     based on current Orbitz.com pricing for hotel bookings between March 1, 2013 and April 15, 2013. Average 2012 hotel rates are based on hotel bookings made on
     Orbitz.com for travel between March 1, 2012 and April 15, 2012. Average airfare is based on bookings made on Orbitz.com for travel from March 1, 2012 - April
     15, 2012 and March 1, 2013 - April 15, 2013.

“After a winter that has packed in one snowstorm after another, a sunny Spring Break is high on the wish list for most travelers and it helps that so many of these hot spots also offer affordable travel deals and a plethora of family activities,” said Orbitz.com Senior Travel Editor Jeanenne Tornatore. “Whether families are contemplating international travel or staying domestic, the common denominator is the majority of the top spring break destinations offer wonderful weather and activities for every family member, from toddlers and the hard-to-impress teen crowd, to parents hoping to find some relaxation during their family vacation.”

Spring Break Family Destinations

Orbitz also identified the most popular family spring break spots based on destinations with the most family bookings (three or more people) and provided picks from Orbitz travel experts for locations that truly offer something for everyone.

    Rank                Orbitz Top 10 Spring Break Family Destinations
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                     1  Orlando
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                     2  Cancun
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                     3  Fort Myers
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                     4  Fort Lauderdale
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                     5  Tampa
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                     6  Las Vegas
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                     7  Phoenix
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                     8  Miami
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                     9  Los Angeles
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                    10  San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Orbitz editors hand-picked the following destinations for families looking to avoid the Spring Break college crowd:

St. Pete Beach – The “sunset capital” of Florida features everything from white sand sunbathing, to one of the only renowned surfing spots on the Gulf. Spring Break travelers will find affordable airfare into nearby Tampa or St. Petersburg and a wide-range of accommodation options. Orbitz experts recommend the TradeWinds Island Resorts, an activity-packed pair of hotels where kids can choose from two water parks and adventurous adults can literally soar above the gulf on a water-propelled jet pack.

London – London is the top spot for families looking for a European spring break getaway. March in London means the picturesque Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race on the Thames, blooms in the Royal Botanical Gardens and a massive St. Patrick’s Day parade. Moms who time it right can also catch England’s edition of Mother’s Day – Mothering Sunday on March 10 – and spoil themselves with a lavish afternoon tea, a show or some of London’s world-class shopping.

Disney Cruise – Many hear Disney and only think small children, but Disney Cruises have become a favorite for all ages thanks to amenities like the teens-only Chill spa, secluded adult pools and Broadway-caliber live shows and entertainment. Last year saw the launch of the Disney Fantasy ship, which merged 20(th) century design from the heyday of ocean liner-travel with cutting edge technology and touts 1,900 more beds than other Disney cruise ships. Disney Cruises have budget-friendly prices as low as low as $88 per night for Bahamas-bound cruises so families won’t have to break the bank to get a fun vacation for the whole family.

Bahamas – Crystal clear water and fine sandy beaches present a host of fun for the whole family in the Bahamas from casinos to snorkeling. Orbitz experts recommend booking an all-inclusive hotel such as Atlantis this spring break because it truly has something to fit everyone’s fancy, including a 141-acre water park with complimentary admission for guests, a Las Vegas-style nightclub, Aura and a one-of-a-kind marine habitat at Dolphin Cay. For families lucky enough to spend Easter at Atlantis, the resort is celebrating with an “Egg-citing Easter Weekend” with egg hunts, festive brunches and custom Easter basket sales. With average temperatures hovering just around a perfect 80 degrees in March and April, the Bahamas provide a great retreat for escaping this year’s extra chilly winter.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Puerto Vallarta has a number of family-friendly accommodations and activities at affordable prices. Children of all ages and adults alike will enjoy exploring the Boca de Tomatlan beach jungle paradise by jeep safari or horseback. Those looking for water adventures can check out the magnificent humpback whales through March 23 in the bay where these great mammals have chosen for their breeding grounds. For those who want to get up close and personal with sea life, families can take a day trip to swim or dive with the dolphins at one of the many Dolphin Discovery locations.

Click here to find more great ideas and deals on Spring Break getaways.

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Source: PR Newswire