Orbitz offers spring break hotel deals in Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and other popular spots

       Judging by the bitter cold, Mother Nature must not have noticed that the calendar says today is the first day of spring. If that’s not enough to spur an impulsive spring break getaway, maybe this Orbitz offer, good through midnight tonight, is: 15 percent off hotel stays for travel through June 30 when you use the promo code SPRING15.
        The Orbitz “Spring Break Insider Index,” which tracked airfare and hotel rates in 10 top getaway spots (based on Orbitz hotel bookings), found the biggest year-to-year drops in average airfare in Los Angeles and New York (-13 percent) and Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers (-12 percent).
       At the same time, it found spring break hotel rates were up in these and other destinations,  due primarily to high demand during a more time-compressed season than last year. Average Orlando hotel rates were $122 last year and $130 this  year, for example, and $139 and $178, respectively, in Fort Myers. Hotel rates in New York, meanwhile, average $316 this year, compared to $280 in 2012.
      Orbitz promotes its 15 percent off spring break hotel deal as a way to help mitigate the rate increase.
     Based on hotel bookings on its website for March 1-April 15, Orbitz listed the 2013 top 10 spring break destinations as Orlando, Las Vegas, Cancun, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Phoenix, Tampa, New York, Miami and  Los Angeles.
      For travelers bound for Fort Myers, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates offers a new, twice-daily boat cruise along the Caloosahatchee River, including lunch and a self-guided audio tour. The tour covers both of the adjoining estates, plus the lab and museum, with lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club, for $45.  Contact the Edison Ford ticket office, (239) 472-530 or


Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 49 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide," and is the copy editor for She also has written for websites including and