Miami Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States — and for good reason. Silky white beaches, turquoise water, gourmet restaurants and luxury shopping make it a vacation like no other. Those seeking cheap vacation packages to Miami Beach have dozens of choices when it comes to airfare and hotels. Travel packages that combine both airfare and hotels can often be booked at a reduced rate. TravelMag.com has researched various websites and found that Priceline and Expedia offered the best deals for last-minute vacation packages to Miami Beach or Miami South Beach.
Expedia consistently offered reduced prices on Miami Beach vacation packages with airfare compared to purchasing flights and hotels separately. With few exceptions, direct flights from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Toronto to Miami International Airport (MIA) were less expensive when paired with hotels in several classes, and certain hotels offered all-inclusive packages. Expedia’s “Unreal Deals” and “Deals of the Day” offered savings of more than $200 on average compared to bookings separately on several dates in 2017 and 2018. That said, prices were only slightly better, if not the same, as similar packages to 3- and 4-star hotels in South Beach. In addition to low prices, Expedia offers superior fringe benefits, including 24/7 customer support and reward points redeemable for free nights.
Priceline is another solid option when shopping for vacation package deals in Miami Beach. Priceline also offers savings on packages when compared to standalone purchases for flights and hotels. For example, a package with airfare from Toronto to Miami, staying seven nights at a 4-star hotel in South Beach, was more than $500 less than booking airfare and hotel separately. However, Priceline’s packages were overall a bit more expensive than Expedia’s. For example, a 7-night stay at a 4-star hotel across from the beach with airfare from Chicago was $100 more than an identical package on Expedia, while a similar package from Dallas was $400 more than Expedia. TravelMag.com recommends checking both Priceline and Expedia to ensure you get the best possible package price.
If you’ve already booked your vacation package to Miami Beach, it’s time to start planning activities and tours. TravelMag.com’s favorite option is to book via TakeTours, which offers a variety of choices at reasonable prices. For example, TakeTours.com offers a city tour that takes visitors on a cruise around Biscayne Bay as well as to Little Havana, the Art Deco District and South Beach for $48. Another single-day tour of Miami includes a city tour as well as an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades for $66, or visitors can head to Key West for the day for $59. Other options include a culinary walking tour of Miami, where foodies can taste the exotic cuisine of the city’s diverse neighborhoods for $59, or an extravagant helicopter tour with private chauffeur for $1,040.