- 1 Orlando On The Cheap!
- 1.1 Indirect Flights To Florida
- 1.2 Taking Hand Baggage Only
- 1.3 Book multiple hotels & Move Around
- 1.4 Use Cashback sites
- 1.5 Redeem Points Accrued from a reward cards
- 1.6 Book Off Peak
- 1.7 Book breakfast
- 1.8 Do all the stuff we never have time to do!
- 1.9 Look for dining deals & coupons
- 1.10 Use Public Transport
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If you’ve been a follower of my blog for a while you will know that we are avid fans of the Sunshine State and have been lucky enough to visit more times than I can count! Obviously, Walt Disney World has played
February will see us head back for just over a week only this time we are doing everything we say we want to do but never seem to have the time to do so because we are too busy ensuring we are getting the most from our ridiculously expensive Disney tickets and we are doing it on the cheap!
We did Florida on a budget 7 years ago when my eldest was just 11 months old which to be fair was very easy! We only had to pay for my and hubby at dinner, he got in everywhere FREE and to be fair the dollar was
This year my two are 5 and 8. They are still very much interested in the theme parks, rollercoasters, princesses & characters but we want them to see more of what Florida has to offer.
There is no getting away from the fact if you choose to NOT do the theme parks you will save thousands but there are tons of other ways to save too.
Indirect Flights To Florida
We are also going indirect for the first time
I wouldn’t personally. rush to do an indirect flight with children younger than mine are now but I wouldn’t hesitate now if it would save us £500!
Taking Hand Baggage Only
The indirect element of the flight has saved us as we are travelling during half term but also the fact we’ve chosen to take hand baggage only!
Call us crazy but we are only going for 9 nights, we aren’t doing the theme parks, car seats can be taken for free regardless of class or fare so why not!?
If we decide nearer the time to book a bag then we can and it will only cost us £45 per bag each way … a lot less than the £500+ we’ve saved by not checking into the hold a big bag each!
Book multiple hotels & Move Around
We’ve saved £100+ by booking 4 different hotels! Yes 4 different hotels but as I’ve already touched on we only have hand baggage only and a car so we don’t have to lug 4x20kg bags each time we move around we will all live out of our own cases and just stick them in the boot when we are moving hotels.
Staying in one place for the whole 9 nights was coming in around £550. By choosing to move around and use points accrued from a rewards credit card we are able to add a stay at a beach hotel on too!
Use Cashback sites
We’ve used Quidco for our flights and hotels and although had to layout the full amount we will end up getting back about £20.00 back which will go straight back on the credit card and cover the resort fee on our last night.
Use my refer a friend link to sign up to Topcashback and at the time of writing you’ll get £5 when you make your first cash back claim.
Redeem Points Accrued from a reward cards
We are spending one night on Cocoa Beach courtesy of our Hilton Honors credit card points. We put EVERYTHING on our credit card but we also pay it off EVERY SINGLE MONTH without fail.
You can also use Nectar Points or redeem bonuses via a Tesco Clubcard too!
Book Off Peak
We are going in February which is the most ‘off peak time’ we have ever visited Orlando however although it’s very much off peak to us that doesn’t mean it’s off peak for the USA we arrive the day before Presidents Day. Although we may not encounter much crowds due to our itinerary, it’s likely the parks will be busy and the hotels we’ve booked are for sure a little more expensive than they’ve been during other times of the year we’ve been.
Summer is not only crazily priced, particularly when it comes to flights, but it’s also not the cheapest for hotels either just like Easter, Spring Break and Christmas.
It’s certainly worth looking at the difference in price between booking room only and bed and breakfast. The hotel we are staying in offered us breakfast for an extra £20 for two day for 4 people. Even if it’s just a continental breakfast it will still give us the opportunity to stock up on toast, pastries
My Hilton Honors Gold status (because I put everything on the credit card as I say!) also gives us a free breakfast too at the Doubletree (the last hotel we are staying in) so again although technically it’s not cost us any money that specific hotel we have saved by not having to go out to find somewhere to eat.
Do all the stuff we never have time to do!
As I’ve already touched on the main way to save is to NOT do the main theme parks but that doesn’t mean you have to also miss out on the tons of other Orlando attractions because believe me in comparison to Disney EVERYTHING is cheap! 😉
Whatever you want to do or whatever you want to see you can do it in Florida. It’s like the fun capital of the world for the whole family and it doesn’t have to cost the world!
Besides the theme parks there are shopping malls and outlets, spa’s and beaches, sporting events, mini golf,
So many people will be able to relate particularly Brits or those who are
On our list this trip is an Orlando Magic basketball game, Nascar GoKarting, Kissimmee car show and Run Disney (although we aren’t doing Disney per se we are getting our fix by participating in a kids Run Disney event!).
We are also heading to the beach and whilst over there intend to see the Disney Dream leave and visit Kennedy Space Center too (which again are both things we always say we want to do but rarely end up leaving the Orlando area!)
Look for dining deals & coupons
Next on the to do list before we go is to sign up for all the restaurants mailing lists and make a note of all the dining deals and offers.
We already know of one or two places where kids eat free on certain days which we will FULLY take advantage of but I would also like to find a few places which offer happy hours or similar too given we don’t have to drive to and from everywhere or be up super early every morning to get to a theme park.
Dinner shows are good value for money too and something I would love to add to our list. Although I have no experience of the quality of food the appeal of having the kids entertained whilst we eat our food (and be entertained too, obviously!) is something I would welcome with open arms!
Use Public Transport
Although this trip, and every trip since having children to be fair, we are hiring a car one way to save is to use public transport to get around.
This trip is going to be so different