Show me the Money

May 18, 2009 12:27 PM

Show Me the Money: Vacation Deals

It's known as the "happiest place on earth" and if it's your birthday get a free pass to play at Disneyland Resort in California and Disney World in Florida.

"I'm in shock! I've been there and I don't remember getting anything for free," says mother of two, Camie Chimienti.

Military personnel also qualify for freebies. Retired, active, National Guard and Reservists get a five day free pass, called the Armed Forces Salute Ticket.

Disney freebies don't stop there. Kids two to eleven fly free to Disneyland on Alaska Airlines. The sale is happening now through June, with the purchase of an accompanying adult ticket.

"They do? I had no idea. I would love one," says Chimienti.

Shamu the Killer Whale is offering killer freebies in 2009. Right now, get two days of fun for the price of one. Buy a single-day ticket, get a second visit free. Use it anytime before year's end.

Military members get free admission under the Here's to the Heroes Program. Up to three of their kids get in for free too.

"That would be really appreciated, because that really stretches the dollar," says teacher Yvette Larkin.

Also at Seaworld, kids three and under get in free and if it's your birthday, pick up a free souvenir button at guest relations.

There are also freebies to be had when flying to your favorite destination. We're talking about Southwest Airline's "fee free" guarantee.

"It's costly and I hate airline fees, just not something I look forward to." says Teresa Guerrero.

Southwest also offers free checked bags, not one, but two. Other freebies include, free snacks, free curbside check in, and no "change fee."

If your ticket price changes between the time you buy it, and the day you fly, you can rebook your flight at a lower fare and the difference is refunded on your credit card.

"There are definitely last minute deals, last year there weren't at all," says travel expert Ralph Cooper.

If you're wanting to sail into summer, Cooper says besides cutting prices, cruise lines are offering free amenities such as: kids stay free, free shore excursions like snorkeling, free spa treatments, free meals and free night stays.

"They've got to fill the ships, if a ship sails with no one on it, that's lost revenue," says Cooper.


It's a $69 dollar savings if you play at Disneyland on your birthday.

Military members get 5 days free - that's a $345 value.

Let's say a family of 4, also takes advantage of Alaska Airline's "kids fly free" offer, if there's 2 kids, that's a $478 savings.

Add it all up... That's $1,927 worth of free stuff.

For Sea World in San Diego, that "free second day pass" is a $65 dollar value per person - for a family of 4 that's a $260 savings.

If you're a military family, up to 3 kids get in for free... That's $260 dollar savings for a family of 4.

Not to mention kids three and under get in free.

Add it up, that's a total savings of $520 dollars.


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