5 Super Affordable Destinations For Your Annual Group Trip

By Jordan Sherwood

No vacation is more fun to plan than a group getaway with your friends. Half the fun is imagining the crazy situations you’ll find yourselves in when you’re away from home and surrounded by the people who know you best. But group trips can get expensive — after a few days of restaurant meals, group outings, and carefree shopping, you can easily spend more than you set aside.

One of the biggest expenses for group getaways is airfare, but there are plenty of ways to help with expenses. For example, the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card comes with a $75 annual Southwest® travel credit you can use towards airfare plus up to four upgraded boardings per year when A1-A15 boarding positions are available. In addition to the points earned on spend, Cardmembers also receive 7,500 points each year on their anniversary to help get to your next destination faster. So, with flights covered, the next step is to find a destination city that offers hotels and entertainment at every price point.

We've teamed up with Chase and the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card to give you a list of cities to hit up on your next trip where you and your crew can vacation in style with no regrets. Even better, you can check out Southwest’s low fare calendar to get the most bang for your buck (or points) to the destination of choice.

1. Birthday Bash In Atlanta


Whether you’re celebrating a milestone birthday, or just want to cap off a particularly amazing year, Atlanta is a city that knows how to have fun. What’s more, you can live large in Atlanta for a fraction of the price of other cities. You can find 4-star hotels at the center of the city for around $100 per night. The city’s restaurant scene has taken off in the past few years, with modern takes on southern cooking that you can’t find anywhere else. It won’t take much convincing for your friends to meet you in this world-class city that still delivers on southern charm.

2. Bachelorette Party In Las Vegas


Ok, a bachelorette party in Las Vegas is cliché, but if you’re looking to have a once-in-a-lifetime getaway with your girlfriends, there is no city that forgives and forgets better than Las Vegas. You can find amazing hotel deals on the Vegas strip, and most casinos offer great food and drink packages. Plus, you’d be amazed at how many friends you can squeeze into one hotel suite. Sure, other bachelorette destinations have emerged in recent years, but Vegas has been at this game longer than anyone. It never disappoints!

3. Guys' Trip To Dallas


Dallas is an ideal destination for a guys' trip. You could spend an entire week just debating which restaurant offers the best barbecue. The city is also serious about its sports — a night at the football stadium offers all the intensity and excitement that you’d expect from the great state of Texas. And speaking of intensity, you absolutely must experience the stock car racing fans that pack into the legendary motor speedway. If you want to dial it up to 11, you can take the wheel of a race car yourself. Finish the week with a trip to the 200-acre amusement park just outside the city and you’ll have packed in enough adventure to last you the rest of the year.

4. Grownup Spring Break To San Francisco


In college, spring break was all about finding the busiest destination. As an adult, you may want to leave destinations like Cancun and Daytona Beach to the new generation of spring breakers, but there’s no reason you can’t get your own college gang back together for a grownup getaway. San Francisco is the perfect location for a more sophisticated spring retreat. You can find affordable hotels near the Theatre District, which puts you right near the center of the city. Sure, you’ll have to swap out your bathing suit for a sweater, but after a few days of exploring the Mission District and taking in concerts at the city’s legendary music halls, you’ll be reliving your carefree college days in no time.

5. Long Weekend With Friends To San Diego

Tomasz Zajda

San Diego is the low-key city of your dreams. Quieter and more intimate than other Southern California destinations, the city is the perfect spot to escape with your friends for a few days of rest and relaxation. Beautiful (and affordable!) hotels dot the San Diego Bay, so you’ll have plenty of options for the perfect spot to soak in the California sun. The city is filled with lush parks and oceanside restaurants where you can all enjoy spectacular sunsets. Best of all, Southwest offers affordable, direct flights to San Diego from all across the country. What are you waiting for?

This article is sponsored by Chase and the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card.