Spring, is that you? While we dust off the last remaining snow from the winter season, we should all be thinking ahead to warmer travel weather. For many, spring break is an annual rite of passage, meaning college trips to Cancun or family trips to Walt Disney World.
For spring breakers, your best bet for booking a trip in March or April, according to Skyscanner, is to book eight weeks out for domestic travel and 12 weeks in advance for international trips.
Of course, there are plenty of other reasons you might be traveling in March. For starters, it’s the beginning of wedding season, which might mean you have a bachelor or bachelorette party in cities like Nashville or New Orleans.
Spring is also when national parks see a surge in visitors. Sports fans go mad for basketball and golf, and spring skiing kicks into high gear. Don’t forget it’s cherry blossom season too!
Really, whatever the reason for your travels, DC Refined has got you covered. Here are some of the best travel deals for March.
Party in NOLA. Whether it’s Mardis Gras, a bachelor or bachelorette party, or New Orlean’s legendary Jazz Festival, there’s a chance you might be partying in the Big Easy this spring. One of the easiest and most accessible flights to and from D.C. is Southwest’s nonstop service from DCA. Flights start as low as $100 one way, but hurry spring is the busy season for the Big Easy, so flight rates tend to shoot up quickly.
Paris for less than $500. We love it when the city of love is easy and cheap to fly to. This month Air Canada has several flight options that will get you to Paris for $476 round-trip.
Music City for cherry blossom season. While many tourists flock to the Tidal Basin for cherry blossoms, Nashville is another popular destination with its own cherry blossom festival. The easiest and most cost-effective way to get there is on United—with nonstop flights that start at $211 round-trip.
Cancun below $300. A beach lounger and a pina colada may be in your future if you decide to visit one of Mexico’s most popular beach fronts—Cancun and Riviera Maya. Flights from Dulles can get you there for under $300 round-trip. Book this United option for a week of sun and fun that just so happens to coincide with spring break.
Visit Mickey and Minnie in Orlando. When the kids have off for spring break, many families fly south to visit Mickey and Minnie at Walt Disney World. In March, if you fly out of BWI, you’ll save the most. Nonstop one-way fares to Orlando start at just $77 on Frontier and $107 on Spirit Airlines. And right now, Disney World is offering a special 25 percent off deal on select resort stays.
Save on spring skiing. Spirit Airlines has a limited $97 round-trip fare deals on direct flights to Denver, which means some spring skiing could soon be in your future. Several popular resorts also offer spring break specials on accommodations when you book in March or April, before the close of the winter season.
Visit a new national park. The National Park Service recently opened its newest park in Indiana. The Indiana Dunes National Park is mighty tall on the south shore of Lake Michigan, and this trip will make for some excellent Instagram and desert-like adventures. Southwest offers round-trip service to Indianapolis daily from BWI and one-way fares start as low as $91 one way.
Hotels & Resorts
Charlottesville special. The Clifton, which recently underwent extensive renovations, is offering hotel guests 20 percent off rates when you book in March or April. At check-in, you will receive a $25 dining credit redeemable at either Clifton's 1799 Restaurant or Copper Bar. And you're just a stone's throw to some of the best wineries in Virginia.
Golfers delight for students and military personnel. The Players Championship is coming to Jacksonville, Florida, and it’s your chance to spot golf pros like Tiger Woods in action. If you’re a college student on spring break, there’s a special ticket saver option (valid student I.D. required)—Thursday to Sunday tickets cost only $45. Meanwhile, active duty, reserve, and military retirees receive complimentary admission to the golf tournament. And hotel rates at the Conference Center by Wyndham Jacksonville start at just $125 per night. But if it's luxury and accessibility that you need, consider staying at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa.