As someone who has family friends in San Antonio, Texas, I was delighted to hear about this new website called SAVE – San Antonio Vacation Experience. In typical ‘everything’s bigger in Texas’ fashion, SAVE is a resource to get special rates off on tour transportation (such as the Alamo Trolley Tours), hotels and resorts, and tourist destinations (such as the San Antonio Botanical Garden). It is a wonderful opportunity for families who are trying to save money when traveling with a brood of children, or for couples who are more budget conscious (or, like us, the money saved goes to splurge-worthy goodies!).
For example, if M and I were traveling to San Antonio for the first time, this would be a sample itinerary:
We would book a room for approximately four nights through SAVE at The Westin Riverwalk San Antonio, which is an ideal downtown location for meeting friends for drinks and to do some touristy stops on our own. Normal fees: $1,676.53. With SAVE: $1,116.13. Savings: $560.40!
M and I are art lovers, so we would go to as many museums as possible to stay out of the Texas heat during the peak hours of the day. Two of the museums we would go to are the Witte Museum and the McNay Art Museum. At the Witte museum, the Normal fee: $23.00. With SAVE: $21.00. Savings: $2.00! At the McNay Art Museum, the Normal fee: $16. With SAVE: $14. Savings: $2.
Maybe we would be lucky and have a few perfect days to spend outdoors. How would we spend those perfect days? With some garden tours for me, and a helicopter ride for M! I would love to visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 38 acres of lush specimens in different garden themes, the Normal fee: $16. With SAVE: $14. Savings: $2.
To really knock the socks off of M, and remind him of his adventures during the military, I would get us the Salt Lick Charter, 120 minutes of flight time, from Alamo Helicopter Tours… the Normal fee: $1700. With SAVE: $1530. Savings: $170.
Knowing history buff M, even though he had seen the Alamo by air, he would still want to go to the Alamo, so we would do the tour the next day. We would likely use Alamo Sightseeing Tours to get the full experience, and would likely do the Morning Reflection Tour, which is The Alamo, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, and El Mercado. the Normal fee: $74.61. With SAVE: $64.71. Savings: $10.
Obviously between all of these touristy events we would visit King William Street, and tour the Steves Homestead, eat a lot of incredible food and imbibe in some delicious beverages.
So, total savings using SAVE adds up to: $746.40!
How would I spend our savings? Probably shopping, including a stop at the San Marcos Premium Outlets, which in true Texas style includes such fine brands as Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Diane von Furstenburg, Moncler, Lululemon, and Last Call by Neiman Marcus. SAVE even has a special deal with them, a coupon book that might help me outfit one of my guest bedrooms with those Ralph Lauren sheets I’ve been eyeing…