When you’re planning a trip with a large group of people, you’ll have tons of factors to consider – including pricing. The good news is that there are numerous ways to get discounts in the Orlando area. Let’s take a look at some of the options available to you.

Just ask!

This tip may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many group travel planners assume that if group travel discounts aren’t advertised that they don’t exist. Anywhere you’re making a reservation just ask about group discounts. If the company in question does offer these discounts be sure you clarify how many people are required to qualify for the discount, and what special procedures you may have to follow to get them.

Book accommodations smartly

Many Orlando resort hotels will offer group discounts but they often require dozens of rooms to be booked at once. Even if you’re booking this many rooms, you may be surprised that there are other ways to save more. For example, renting Orlando vacation homes can be considerably cheaper than booking numerous hotel rooms – even when those hotel rooms are discounted and the vacation home isn’t discounted. As an added bonus, vacation homes add tons of convenience and lots of amenities.

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Call well in advance

Group travel discounts are often subject to availability, so the further in advance you can plan, the better your chances are for getting deep discounts. For example, some airlines do offer discounts if you book more than 12 seats at once. However, this may only apply if the flight is 50% full or less. As soon as you know when you’ll be traveling, start calling around to find out who offers discounts and how far in advance you need to request them.

Buy before you leave

Often times the discounts are only available if you buy in advance. For example, you can order discount theme park tickets and have them shipped to you or dropped off at your hotel, but you can’t get these discounts if you wait to buy them at the parks. Once again, planning ahead can net you the best and biggest discounts.

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Think outside the box

You’re likely thinking of ways to save money on food, accommodations, entertainment, and more, but remember that in some cases the best way to get a discount is to find an alternative option. For example, instead of looking for all the group discounts available at Orlando restaurants, consider renting a vacation home and preparing some of your meals in your home. This will save not just money but frees up time to enjoy all Orlando has to offer without taking the time to get the group together for a sit down meal.