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How to Avoid Fees and Save Money on Your Next Destin Beach Vacation


We like to help our extended family of guests get more for less when it comes to their annual beach vacation. Newman-Dailey has been welcoming guests to Florida’s Emerald Coast for more than 30 years and here are our top tips to save on your next Destin vacation: 

#1. Book Direct – Third party vacation rental listing sites such as VRBO, HomeAway, Air BNB and Flipkey are great when you’re unfamiliar with a destination or just beginning your search, but when it comes to making your reservation, ALWAYS book direct with the vacation rental company. These aggregator websites are funded through “service fees” that are paid by the traveler. Depending on the website, service fees range from 4% to 10% of your total rental rate. This means reserving a vacation home or condo on VRBO & HomeAway can cost you nearly $500. Avoid these fees by booking direct with Newman-Dailey online or by calling one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652.

#2. Book Stays During the Off-Season – There are times of the year, such as spring break and summer, when rates are the highest. Beach lovers who have flexible travel dates stand to SAVE BIG.  Consider these off-seasons that offer big savings: late spring (after Easter and before Memorial Day), late summer (mid-August to Labor Day), September – mid-November, and Winter (December – February). In addition, guests who return during the fall and winter months (excluding holidays) are eligible for our “Many Happy Returns” program, which includes an additional 15% off listed rates. 

#3. Check the Deals Page – Throughout the year, Newman-Dailey offers special packages, deals and discounts on vacation rentals for special events and specific weeks during the off-season. Keep an eye on our Destin Deals page and/or sign up for our enewsletter and stay tuned for additional ways to save. 

#4. Save By Dining In and Eating Out – Meals are one of the biggest expenses while on vacation. At Newman-Dailey, we aim to help families stretch their food budget by partnering with area restaurants, including popular 30A restaurants such as Bud & Alley’s and Vue on 30A, and Destin restaurants including Carrabba’s and Bric A Brac, to offer discounts and special offers for our guests through our Be Free Bundle (scroll down to “Dining Section”). In addition, we recommend area grocery stores, including Publix, Winn Dixie and Whole Foods, where guests can purchase breakfast items, lunches and dinners that can be easily prepared in the well-stocked kitchens at our vacation rental homes and condominiums. 

#5. Save on Activities & Attractions – Guests of Newman-Dailey receive a virtual gift card, which is good toward one free adult admission per day for a variety of activities and attractions, including dolphin cruises, snorkeling, parasailing, Big Kahuna’s Water Park and more. In addition through the Be Free Bundle, there are partner offers with discounts toward boat and Jet Ski rentals, bike rentals, kayak and paddle board rentals, and The Track, among others. 

Ready to start saving on your Florida beach vacation? Start planning today by viewing our collection of vacation rental homes and Destin condominiumss, including Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort condos, villas and cottages. Remember when you book direct, you’ll always receive our low-price guarantee! Reserving directly with Newman-Dailey guarantees you are paying the lowest rate possible for the season. And not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also enjoy exceptional service from our friendly, professional team of Destin and South Walton locals who know and love the area. Book direct online at DestinVacation.com or call one of our helpful team members at 1-800-225-7652 to book direct via phone. 

See you @ the beach!

Monday, January 15, 2018

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