Don't Break the Bank Traveling for Spring Break

Great deals can be found as airfare, hotel rates are down

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    Spring breakers on a budget can find some great deals in Mexico and even Hawaii.

    There are some great deals out there for anyone thinking about traveling for spring break.

    "If you're looking for a great deal, a beach spot in Mexico is definitely a great destination," said Travelocity's Jennifer Gaines. "It's one of the few places actually where both hotel and airfare rates are down over last year, so you can go to places like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, San Jose Cabo and still get really, really great deals."

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    Hotel rates at some Mexican resorts alone are down more than 20 percent from last year, when worries about the swine flu and border violence kept many Americans away.

    A week in Puerto Vallerta can cost as little as $1,000.

    "That includes your flight, your hotel, your taxes, your fees and your meals at an all-inclusive resort," Gaines said.

    Travelocity reports hotels in Cancun cost 14 percent less than 2009, and airfare is down 4 percent. Hotel rooms in San Jose Cabo cost 22 percent less this year.

    Travelocity recommends looking for last-minute deals at those destinations with both lower airfare and hotel rates.

    "So, some great examples of those are New York City, if you want a big city destination, or Lake Tahoe is a great place if you're a skier and want to ski this spring break," Gaines said.

    Hotel rooms in New York cost 7 percent less than last year. In Lake Tahoe, they're down 26 percent.

    Even Hawaii can be inexpensive. Hotel rates in Maui are down 18 percent from last year, and airfare has dropped 9 percent.

    Passengers leaving Dallas-Fort Worth now pay an average of $417 for a round trip ticket, according to Travelocity.