Two-Thirds of College Students Not Relying on Parents to Pay for Spring Break, According to New Survey

Two-Thirds of College Students Not Relying on Parents to Pay for Spring Break,
According to New Survey

Myrtle Beach "Best Value Destination" for College Spring Breakers on Tight

CHICAGO, Feb. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to a new survey released
by, over two-thirds of college students are not relying on
parents to pay for their Spring Break this year, but instead working more and
shopping less to afford the mid-semester getaway with friends.^1 With the
majority of college students paying for their own fun in the sun, Spring Break
budgets are modest with nearly 65 percent of students planning to spend less
than $1,000 on their getaway.

"College Spring Breaks are just around the corner with most taking place the
first two weeks in March. For students making last minute decisions about
where they will go, there are still reasonable deals to the most popular
destinations for college students," said Gayle Pigatto of
"Seven out of the top 10 destinations for college Spring Breakers still have
hotel rates under $250 per night. As college students usually travel in groups
and share hotel rooms, a Spring Break getaway is within reach – even for small

CheapTickets Spring Break Cheapometer

To help students find the most popular places to go and get the most bang for
their buck, through a combination of booking and survey data, the CheapTickets
Cheapometer identifies the top college Spring Break destinations and
calculates average hotel and flight prices.

  *It is evident that students are escaping the polar vortex and flocking to
    the sun with all of the top 10 college Spring Break vacations taking place
    in warm weather destinations.
  *While Cancun leads the pack as the most popular spot for college Spring
    Breakers, Myrtle Beach offers students the best value with the least
    expensive average flight and hotel prices among all of the top 10
  *This year's later Easter means a later Mardi Gras. New Orleans is sure to
    be a hot spot among college students with Mardi Gras events taking place
    the first week of March – coordinating perfectly with many college Spring
    Break schedules.

  CheapTickets Top Ten College Spring Break   2014 Average Daily 2014 Average
   Destinations^2                              Hotel Prices       Airfare
1  Cancun, Mexico                              $234               $547
2  Punta Cana, Dominican Republic              $299               $612
3  Los Cabos, Mexico                           $227               $544
4  Miami Beach, Florida                        $219               $371
5  New Orleans, Louisiana                      $209               $388
6  Montego Bay, Jamaica                        $377               $517
7  Key West, Florida                           $340               $494
8  Daytona Beach, Florida                      $172               $350
9  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina                $77                $312
10 South Padre Island, Texas                   $157               $391


Take a CheapBreak! From now through March 5, enter to win the ultimate Spring
Break with friends. Three winners will have the chance to win free airfare for
themselves and four lucky friends. To enter the contest and for complete terms

^1Survey was fielded by to 501 college students via Google
Consumer Surveys from Feb. 12 – 14, 2014.

^2Top 10 college Spring Break destinations were nominated by CheapTickets
staff and ranked using aggregate hotel data. Rankings are based on
CheapTickets hotel bookings as of 2-14-14 for March arrivals. Average daily
hotel rate and average flights prices were calculated by taking the average
price of all hotel and air bookings purchased on as of
2-14-14 for travel in March.


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