A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about how I wanted to try out Megabus with my kids. I never got around to trying it last summer because we had a busy summer with an extended stay in Florida. However, since I’ve recently been finalizing our plans for this summer, my thoughts drifted back to Megabus.
Scoring $1 Tickets on Megabus
Last month, Megabus opened up its schedule to include all of the summer months through September 10, 2019. Usually, the best time to snag those $1 fares is right after the new schedules are available to book. Even though I follow Megabus on Facebook, I didn’t see the announcement come across my news feed.
Last week, when I finally remembered to check on megabus.com, I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of dates over the summer that still had $1 fares from Dallas to San Antonio. None of the dates included weekends, but that was ok since the kids are out of school.
After finding a few dates that worked, I landed on some days towards the end of summer break. The tickets were $1 each person each way, plus a $2.50 processing fee, for a total of $10.50. I can’t even believe that 4 people can travel round-trip from Dallas to San Antonio for that low price. Note: As more seats sell, the price goes up. I checked out prices for the same route for this week, and tickets were $48-$68 per person each way.
I decided to splurge for reserved seats so that I could be assured we would sit together. For $3 a person, I reserved us seats on the lower level with a table in the middle.
For an extra 50 cents, I purchased a text reminder/tracker for the bus. Our grand total for four round-trip tickets with the reserved seats, processing fee and text alerts was $35.
Plans for San Antonio
San Antonio is my favorite city in Texas to visit. I’ve been there alone with my husband pre-kids as well as a few times with our kids.
The primary reason for this summer visit, though, is to use my Hyatt renewal certs at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. My family stayed there over New Year’s a few years ago. The pool area looked so inviting, but the weather wasn’t conducive to swimming. So, a visit in the summer will be a better chance to enjoy the lazy river, slides and pools.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country costs 15,000 points per night, and it is still eligible to use with the renewal certificate from the World of Hyatt credit card. I’m afraid that it will go up in points next year, so I want the chance to enjoy it this summer while we still can.
Pitfalls and Perceptions of Megabus
I’ve read a lot of reviews of Megabus online. Some are great, and some are horrible. One of the main complaints is delayed buses. To minimize this, I picked the first bus of the morning each way.
We will definitely bring our own food and drinks, since this route won’t include a food stop. And since some people complain of the extra cold air conditioning on the buses, we will bring light jackets.
When I published my original post about a potential trip on Megabus, it received a mixed bag of comments across social media on both the Miles For Family Facebook page and my personal Facebook page. Experienced travelers and city dwellers were more excited/supportive of the idea of taking the bus. Others seemed to think I was crazy for considering taking the Megabus.
For people in many parts of the world, taking a bus like this between cities is a normal occurrence. However, for folks who live in the middle of the U.S., riding a bus like this is “weird.” Some of my Facebook friends expressed concerns for our safety after my original post.
I’m not worried about our safety. I am curious how comfortable we will be and if we will enjoy the ride.
Do you think I’m crazy for riding Megabus with my kids from Dallas to San Antonio? Would you/did you do a similar bus trip in the U.S.? What about in another country?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.