Kentucky Derby Travel Deals

by Jessica

February 8th, 2010

derby4Whenever you’re planning a trip, if you’re anything like most of the budget travelers we know, the first thing you want to know is whether you can get a deal. Travel can get expensive, so it only makes sense to try to get the best prices on whatever you can. Never is this more true than when you’re planning a trip over a big holiday or to see a major event – like, for instance, the Kentucky Derby, held on the first Saturday in May every year.

Okay, the crowds at the airport before the Derby aren’t going to be as huge as the ones the day before Thanksgiving every year, but the truth is that any time there’s a big event there are more people coming into town for it than there otherwise would be. And because airlines and hotels know this, they can raise prices accordingly.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you’ll have to spend a fortune to travel to the Kentucky Derby. If you know how to do your research, and if you plan ahead, you’ll be able to experience this historic horse race without needing a trust fund.

The articles listed below should help get you started on the path to planning a cheap Kentucky Derby trip.

>> The 2012 Kentucky Derby is on May 5

How to Find Cheap Airfare to the Kentucky Derby

Your biggest expense when you’re planning any trip is most likely going to be your airfare, so it makes sense to do whatever you can to save money on your flight to Louisville. Many of the tips listed in this article will help you save money anytime you’re booking an airline ticket, but when you know the airlines will be raising prices in anticipation of a big event it’s even more important to pay attention to these tips.

>> Read more about finding cheap Kentucky Derby airfare

Kentucky Derby Travel Tips

Some people travel to big events just for that event, and then hop right back on a flight home. But that’s essentially impossible with the Kentucky Derby, since it’s only a whopping two minutes long! You took the time to get to Louisville, why not stay awhile? In this article, you’ll find some information about things to do in Louisville besides the Derby (and a link to more resources) as well as some tips for attending the Kentucky Derby itself (including what you can and can’t bring in).

>> Read more about travel tips for the Kentucky Derby

Are Kentucky Derby travel deals really good deals?

Vacation packages always look appealing when you have too many things to do at home and at work and you just want to book your trip in one click and be done with it. But if you’re not made of money, you definitely want to stop and really look at package deals to the Kentucky Derby before you book. Sometimes they’ll be just what you’re looking for and actually save you money, but sometimes they throw in a bunch of “extras” that you really don’t want (but are paying for anyway).

>> Read more about whether Kentucky Derby travel deals will actually save you money

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