12 Trips You Can Take for Less Than the Average Tax Refund

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Although few people look forward to tax season, most will happily welcome a refund check — according to Forbes, almost 80% of tax filers get money back, on average $3,053 per household.

We’ve been looking into the best ways to use your refund on hot travel deals – even if the amount you get back is a lot more modest.

Explore the list below or select your expected tax refund here:

$200 or less | $500 or less | $1500 or less

We found the following prices on April 8, 2016, and we will update them throughout the week.


$200 or less

Savoy Suites, D.C.Savoy Suites
Savings: 45% off
Why:
Situated on Embassy Row, this Washington, D.C., hotel feels like new after recently renovating all hotel rooms. Finishing touches to the public spaces are still underway; however, the hotel’s location just north of Georgetown lures guests outside for full days of exploring.
Price: $79 per night July 1 – Sept. 5, dates through June also discounted
Click here for D.C. flights

Caesars Palace, Las VegasCaesars Palace
Savings: 50% off
Why:
This landmark resort features three pools (one is adults only) and spa facilities that even locals come to The Strip for. Shoppers prefer this property for its designer names at the Forum mall, and restaurants here range from affordable to upscale, from chefs including Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay.
Price: $109-$149 select midweek through July
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The Sky Hotel, AspenThe Sky Hotel
Savings: 40% off
Why:
Aspen’s “trendiest hotel” (Fodor’s) with an even trendier location within walking distance to downtown turns into the ultimate apres-ski scene. In true Kimpton fashion, this boutique hotel spoils guests with complimentary evening wine receptions and shuttle service from Aspen Airport; no resort fee required.
Price: $119 into June; $149 Sept. 1 – Dec. 9 & $199 June 11 – Aug. 31
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Bagni di Pisa Palace & Spa, TuscanyTuscany
Savings: 50% off
Why:
Set in the village of San Giuliano, a 10-minute drive from Pisa, the 5-star resort is the former spa palace of an 18th-century duke. Featuring a broad range of treatment options, it was named Italy and Europe’s Best Hotel Spa at the World Spa Awards last year.
Price: $165 per night through June & September; summer travel is +$94
Click here for Pisa or Florence flights


$500 or less

Hotel MousaiHotel Mousai, Puerto Vallarta
Savings:
Over 45% off
Why:
This adults-only sanctuary ranks No. 2 out of 125 Puerto Vallarta hotels on TripAdvisor. Each suite acts as its own mini resort spanning 1,069 square feet and featuring a private terrace with a gold-tiled plunge pool and hammock, in-room lounge and spa-style bathroom.
Price: $269 per night, dates into December, including holidays
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San Juan, Puerto RicoSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Savings:
over 40%
Why: Depart April 23 or May 7 and head to the Caribbean to visit ports in St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas with this last-minute offer. The MSC Divina is a “gorgeous ship” (Cruise Critic) with upscale decor, including a winding Swarovski crystal staircase. These sailings depart from Miami.
Price: $449 per person, before taxes & fees
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Playa del Carmen, MexicoPlaya del Carmen
Savings:
$130 off DIY pricing
Why: This Riviera Maya resort has rare finds: new waterslides for big kids (and adults) and a snorkel-friendly cenote. This deal from Vacation Express covers roundtrip flights from the U.S. to Cancun and all taxes for select dates April-August.
Price: starting at $469 per person
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AlaskaAlaska
Savings:
$400 off current rates
Why: Take the whole family to Alaska for only $250 per person and get $100 to spend onboard for May departures with this Prestige Cruises deal in which the third and the fourth passengers sail free. See the Inside Passage, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay or Glacier Bay, Haines, Juneau, Ketchikan and the Inside Passage.
Price: starting at $499 per person
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$1500 or less

Colorado Dude RanchDude Ranch
Savings:
Over 35% off
Why: With these all-inclusive packages, head to Majestic Dude Ranch, consistently rated 5 stars from TripAdvisor users, for a dose of adventure — including horseback riding, white-water rafting and fly fishing. This deal includes three meals a day, snacks and all guided activities such as white-water rafting, fly fishing, ATV tours and mountain biking.
Price: starting at $799 per person
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Dublin, IrelandDublin
Savings:
$205 off DIY pricing
Why: Travelers can set their own pace exploring Dublin this fall and winter with this four-night trip from Great Value Vacations including roundtrip flights. The 4-star North Star Hotel is in the city center, a 10-minute walk of Custom House and Abbey Theatre. Travelzoo Tip: Learn about what our Deal Experts recommend seeing in Dublin and across Ireland.
Price: starting at $809 per person
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Dubai, UAEDubai
Savings:
$600 off
Why: Got a big tax return and want to save some of the money for world-class shopping on a luxury vacation? Spend four nights in Dubai after flying on top-rated Emirates. A highlight of this itinerary from Friendly Planet includes a guided panoramic tour of the cityscape. Travel May 11 or Sept. 28; other dates +$200.
Price: $1399 per person
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