Priceline.com Unveils Top Spring Break Hotspots, Best Bargains
PHOTO: Orlando was the second-most popular Spring Break destination among college students this year, but who was No. 1? (Courtesy of Thinkstock)
It’s Spring Break.
Everyone’s having fun and partying, screaming “Spring Break 2015!” while posting photos of themselves on social media with catchy hashtags.
The only problem is, well, you are a bit of a procrastinator and you haven’t booked a trip for Spring Break yet. You are sitting alone in your room, looking at everyone having fun through a computer screen.
But, fortunately for you, Priceline.com unveiled the best bargains and most popular destinations among college students on Thursday. Priceline has also revealed the top trending destinations, the hottest beach destinations and major international destinations for the month of March, based on actual hotel reservations among college students on Priceline.com.
According to Priceline, the top 10 most popular Spring Break destinations this year are (in order): Las Vegas, Orlando, New York City, Phoenix, Orange County, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, San Diego and San Francisco.
Not only is Vegas the most popular Spring Break destination, but it’s also the fifth-best bargain in the nation, according to Priceline. The average daily rate (ADR) for Vegas is $106, considerably lower than the rest of the top 10. The top four best bargains this Spring Break are (in order): Myrtle Beach ($80), Virginia Beach ($87), Dallas ($99) and Minneapolis ($104). Dallas, by the way, just missed the top 10 of most popular destinations, coming in at No. 13 this Spring Break.
The top six trending destinations this season are Phoenix (fourth-most popular destination, up from No. 24 last year), Miami (No. 6, up from No. 20), San Francisco (No. 10, up from No. 39), Los Angeles (No. 11, up from No. 26), Austin (No. 21, up from No. 35) and Minneapolis (No. 22, up from No. 44).
If you are looking for some fun in the sun, Miami (ADR $213), Puerto Rico ($180), Panama City ($161), Sarasota ($166) and Myrtle Beach ($80) are the most popular beach destinations among college students this Spring Break.
If you want to get out of the country, Toronto ($118), Cancun/Cozumel ($230) and London were favored among students.
If you have your eye on the Florida Keys ($275), Cancun/Cozumel ($230), Miami ($213), Oahu ($199) and New York City ($195), you aren’t alone, as all destinations made the top 50 most popular Spring Break hotspots this season. Just know that these destinations are also the most expensive among the top 50 in terms of ADR.
So, now you have all the information you need to make an educated decision as to where you are going to party this Spring Break. More than two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans between the ages of 18 to 24 regretted not taking a last-minute trip in 2014. Don’t be clumped in with that group this year.
“After a particularly brutal winter and knowing how easy it is to find a deal on our app, students will be on the lookout for an adventure through last-minute travel deals – we call this seizing the Travel App-ortunity,” said John Caine, Priceline.com’s chief product officer, via a release. “We’ve got options for the student who saved for 12 months and for the student who has just decided to go. Express Deals offer exclusive deals with savings of up to 55 percent off published room rates.”
In other words, get out there and have some fun!
For the full Priceline report, click here.
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