There are lots of ways to save money on a trip to Beaches all-inclusive family resort in Turks and Caicos. Even so, the resort is expensive and you'll need to decide if Beaches is worth it for your family. Our family loves Beaches and we've stayed there three years in a row because we found a way to score a 18% discount through our airline.
You might see advertisements or coupon code websites that advertise "65% off trips to Beaches," but that's not as good a deal as it sounds. 65% off is the base discount that Beaches advertises for most of the year: There are better ways to save money.
Here are some tips (and links) for getting the best deal on a trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos:
Dollar for dollar, we think April or May is the best time to go to Turks and Caicos. The weather is still good in these months and a spring trip will almost certainly cost less than a trip in peak season: December, January February or March.
When Do Vacation Packages Go on Sale?
Sometimes, the best time to book a vacation is after something bad happens. In Spring 2016, our family booked a weeklong trip to Beaches, with airfare, for around $5,000. People were afraid to travel to the Caribbean that year because the Zika virus was constantly in the news. (Turks and Caicos was not impacted by Zika-carrying mosquitoes at that time.) That misplaced fear turned into a great deal for our family.
In September 2017, Beaches Turks and Caicos resort was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. Our family booked a trip shortly afterward because we were confident that everything would be rebuilt by May 2018. (Not only did Beaches rebuild, they actually improved the resort!) Of course, sometimes bad news is bad news. We would never plan a Caribbean trip under the threat of a hurricane, no matter how good the price was.
Promo Codes and Promotions
Beaches has a deals section on its website. There are lots of offers there, but they can be downright confusing. Each promotion has its own terms, conditions and fine print and some of the promotions may only be active for short periods of time. Here are links to some of the recurring promotions and coupon codes that are available:
Girls Getaway Package (BFF)
Escape to Paradise (SAVE 25)
Sandals, the parent company of Beaches, has a Sandals Select Rewards Program. This loyalty program is more focused on providing perks than discounts. Members who stay at the resort for 70 paid nights (yes, 70!) quality for a free 7-night stay. We're guessing you're not impressed by this.
Airline Vacation Packages (our discount of choice)
Lots of airlines offer vacation packages and they can be a sweet deal for members of frequent flyer programs. Our family is part of the jetBlue True Blue program and we also have a jetBlue Mastercard. By booking our trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos via the jetBlue Getaways website, we get 12 points for every dollar we spend. That's works out to an 18% discount! It would be nice to get cash back instead, but we're happy for the points since jetBlue is our airline of choice. Here are links to the various airlines that offer Beaches TCI vacation packages:
Reward Credit Cards
Lots of credit cards offer rewards like miles, cashback and other redemptions. There are websites that are dedicated to these rewards, and we're no experts on the subject. That said, there is a reward card that seems interesting for planning a trip to Beaches. The (horribly named) Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard® has an $89 annual fee that’s waived in the first year and offers 70,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in the first 90 days. It's easy to spend $5,000 or more in one shot if you're booking a trip to Beaches. Again, it's not cash back a reward: The 70,000 miles can be redeemed for a $700 travel statement credit on your next trip (to anywhere). The card has other perks for travelers, too. We'd apply for this card if we didn't already have a jetBlue Mastercard.
jetBlue offers two travel reward credit cards: The JetBlue Card (free) and The JetBlue Plus Card ($99). The Plus card is a great value if you fly jetBlue often. Customers who spend $1,000 in the first 90 days are awarded 50,000 bonus miles (a $750 value) and 12 points are collected for every dollar spent on jetBlue’s website (that’s around 18% of the purchase price refunded!). The card also comes with perks like free checked bags and 50% in-flight discounts. We recently upgraded to this card (unfortunately, not in time for our trip to Dreams Punta Cana all-inclusive resort).
A Beaches credit card is available through Visa. By our calculations, you can accumulate rewards of up to 2.4% of what you spend at the resort. That’s not nearly as good a deal as the cards we mentioned above.
Police, Firefighter, Military and FEMA Discount
Beaches has a standing discount of 10% off (on top of other discounts and promotions) for active U.S. and Canadian police officers, military, federal emergency management workers and members of the International Association of Firefighters Members. There are instructions on how to get this discount on Beaches website. ID is required and the discount does not apply to group bookings, so for a family, the final discount will be much less than 10%.
If you’re planning to travel with a large group (e.g. weddings, family reunions, work conferences, etc.), you can score a better rate. Here is a sample of the group specials that Beaches offers.