If you want to get away for Cinco de Mayo weekend this year, don’t miss out on the best travel deals and low rates at off-season destinations.
Head off for a long weekend trip to attend a local fiesta and other Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Many larger cities host parties, live music performances and even some outdoor festivals for this special occasion. You can also save a good amount of money on your entire trip by taking advantage of some travel perks and discounts.
1. Head to an off-peak destination.
Make your way to a destination that is currently in its off-peak season to snag some great weekend rates at area hotels. Cities like Philadelphia and even Miami are in their off season during the first few weeks of May. Book a long weekend getaway in Miami to stay at four- and five-star properties at a fraction of the cost of peak season rates. Miami plays host to dozens of festivals, local fairs, and music events over Cinco de Mayo and many are free and open to the public.
2. Look for local free events.
Check your neighborhood listings and local paper to find out what types of Cinco de Mayo events are taking place nearby. Community events can be a fun way to socialize with neighbors and locals, plus enjoy some outdoor activities as the weather warms up. Some cities host live music performances by local bands, fireworks shows and other special events just for residents — and many have free admission.
3. Cash in on travel rewards.
Use your credit card to pay for your airline tickets and hotel stay so you can earn points or rewards for the trip. Check with your credit card issuer to find out what types of travel rewards points you can earn and whether you qualify for double rewards points when booking with certain airlines or hotels.
4. Seek out last-minute deals.
Cinco de Mayo weekend is only a few days away so now can be a great time to snag some last-minute travel packages and deals. Search third-party travel sites for travel packages to your destination of choice and call any specific hotels you have in mind directly to find out if there are any discounted rooms available. Remember, you can still book with a rewards credit card and earn points and discounts on other purchases in the process.
5. Host a Cinco de Mayo celebration of your own.
Take a short road trip to a neighboring town or city to host your own Cinco de Mayo picnic or barbecue. Invite friends and neighbors to enjoy you for this budget-friendly destination and make the most of your trip by spending some time exploring the new town or destination.
Put together a menu of Cinco de Mayo favorites and prepare and pack everything at least a day in advance. Carpool to save on gas and plan on driving to and from the venue on the same day so you don’t have to pay for a hotel room.
6. Find bargains on travel auction sites.
If you’re not afraid of playing the bidding game, you might be able to get a great deal for last minute travel over Cinco de Mayo weekend on one of the auction travel sites. Submit your bids for travel packages, hotel stays or airline tickets at your destination of choice and continue bidding until the auction closes.
Remember that on some sites, you can set a cap on your highest offer and wait as other bidders continue bidding up to that amount. Auction travel sites can be simple and even fun way to get a great travel deal.
7. Pack light.
Since you’re only going to be traveling for the weekend, don’t carry excess baggage that you will end up having to pay for. Pack an overnight or duffel bag with just the essentials so you don’t have to pay any checked bag or excess bag fees to the airline. It shouldn’t be too difficult to pack a weekend’s worth of items in a carry on bag — just make sure the carry on bag is small enough to fit in an overhead bin and meets standard TSA regulations and you’ll be good to go.