Use a Tax Refund to Pay for Awesome Travel Bargains

As the April 15 tax filing deadline approaches, those lucky enough to get money back are thinking of ways to spend their refunds. Online travel companies Expedia and Skyscanner have unearthed some great bargains for those who want to spend their refunds on vacation.

The average refund amount is $3,000 which results in a nice getaway for travelers, according to Expedia. To stretch the refund further, the company recommends travelers book ​package deals that combine airfare and hotel, which can result in savings of up to $568. Deals under $3000 listed by Expedia included: Chicago-Las Vegas at the Encore by Wynn hotel; New York to Orlando at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge; and Los Angeles to Hawaii at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas.

That number is even higher in resort destinations such as Mexico, Hawaii, and the Caribbean, where Expedia data indicates savings can be in the range of between $800 and $1100. Deals under $1,500 included: Los Angeles-Puerto Vallarta at the Velas Vallarta...MORE Suites Resort All Inclusive; New York-Miami at the Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami; and Chicago-Phoenix at the CopperWynd Resort and Club.

Skyscanner looked at its own data and came up with five destinations, below, that will cost couples $600 or less to fly to.​

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    ••• The Toronto skyline. Skyscanner/Getty Images

    Right now the American dollar is worth just over $1.30 Canadian, which makes the country a very appealing destination. Major attractions include Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Zoo, where two baby pandas have just been put on display, and much more. ​Toronto also has some great ethnic neighborhoods, including Koreatown, Little Italy and Little Portugal, which are all located close together. 

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    New York City may appear to be expensive at face value, but when you start to do a little research, you’ll quickly realize that there’s a lot of value to be found in the city. On any given day, multiple museums will be free to visit or catch wonderful views of the Manhattan skyline on the free Staten Island Ferry. Book tickets to see your favorite television shows online early if you want to be part of the studio audience. Regardless of where you’ll be in the city, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to catch a free tour by foot. And don't forget visits to the city's popular ethnic neighborhoods

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    overhead view of dallas
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    The most famous thing in Dallas might be the Cowboys and their cheerleaders, but many visitors will quickly find that this city has a lot to offer. The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art focuses on geometric and MADI (Multichannel Audio Digital Interface) artwork while the Meadows Museum of Art has the largest collection of Spanish art outside of Spain. History buffs shouldn’t miss the John F Kennedy Memorial, a simple concrete memorial located near where the President was assassinated. 

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    sky view of los angeles
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    The city of Angels has long been a metropolis that appeals to all. The theme parks, beaches, and celebrities draw people to the city but it’s the culture, food, and entertainment that keep people coming back. Just last year, The Broad, a contemporary art museum opened in downtown L.A. Featuring a 2,000-piece collection by more than 200 artists, the outside of the building is just as spectacular with its honeycomb exterior. Fans of Bravo’s culinary show "Top Chef" won’t be disappointed; the city has more than 20 restaurants where former contestants are running the kitchens. 

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    view of puerto rico from the ocean
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    As the cheapest Caribbean island to fly to from the United States, Puerto Rico is an excellent destination to visit if you want to blow your tax refund. The San Juan National Historic Site, located in the capital city of San Juan, is a must see as it was a major strategic point in the Caribbean between the 15th and 19th centuries. Over in the El Condado area, you’ll find the some of the best hotels, resorts, beaches, and nightlife in the city. Adventure tourism is a major draw in Puerto Rico. 

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