SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 1, 2006–As consumers
scramble to book travel plans for what’s predicted to be one of the
highest volume seasons in years, Travelocity industry insiders show
that there are still great opportunities to save this summer if you’re
equipped with the right information. Whether by honing in on more
bargain-friendly destinations or slightly altering the way travelers
research, just a few tweaks to their travel strategy could mean big
bucks in savings.
Travelocity has taken the guesswork out of how and where to book
this summer by researching hard industry data to reveal which
destinations are showing price decreases or at least remaining steady
“Despite the industry’s focus on price this season, people are
still going to travel this summer. It’s just a matter of how and where
they’ll spend their money,” said Amy Ziff, Travelocity
editor-at-large. “There are a number of ways to track down good
prices, but you have to know your stuff. Whether flying, driving or
cruising, the golden rule is to book early and choose your destination
Based on Travelocity data and insight from Amy Ziff, the following
are important booking and destination tips to serve as this summer’s
guide to savings.
AIRFARES: Following is a list of the top booked domestic and
international destinations for the summer of 2006.
Top Domestic Destinations for 2006 Summer Season -- Orlando -- Las Vegas -- South Florida -- Seattle -- New York City -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Los Angeles -- Honolulu -- Denver -- Chicago Top International Destinations for 2006 Summer Season -- Cancun -- London -- Los Cabos -- Puerto Vallarta -- San Juan, Puerto Rico -- Bahamas -- Jamaica -- Vancouver -- Rome -- Dominican Republic For travelers willing to be more flexible this year, the following are domestic and international destinations that are bucking the trend and actually showing that prices are down or holding steady compared to last year. Domestic -- San Antonio, Texas -- U.S. Virgin Islands -- Aspen, Colo. -- Monterey, Calif. -- Montrose, Colo. International -- Cancun -- Los Cabos -- Puerto Vallarta -- Bahamas -- Jamaica Top summer 2006 destinations broken down by region of origin: -- Far West Region: Kahului Maui, Honolulu, Los Cabos, Seattle, Orlando -- Great Lakes Region: Orlando, Las Vegas, South Florida, Los Angeles, San Francisco -- Mid-Atlantic Region: Orlando, South Florida, Las Vegas, Seattle, Los Angeles -- Midwest Region: Orlando, Las Vegas, Seattle, Los Angeles, South Florida -- Northeast Region: Orlando, Las Vegas, South Florida, San Francisco, London -- Pacific Northwest: Las Vegas, Washington DC, Orlando, Los Angeles, Anchorage -- Pacific Ocean Region: Lihue Kauai, Kona, Kahului Maui, Honolulu, San Francisco -- Rocky Mountain Region: Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, Anchorage, Los Angeles -- Southeast Region: Las Vegas, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver -- Southwest Region: Orlando, New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle
HOTELS: Ziff says it’s still very possible to find a great deal on
hotels this summer and the surest route to good bargains is to:
-- Search for hotels that have a low price guarantee. -- Buy in a bundle. This saves on air, hotel, rental car and activities by accessing rates you wouldn't have access to if buying a la carte. -- Look for value deals (for example, if you're booking three nights, you may get the fourth free). -- Book early to popular destinations, as some hotels have begun applying more sophisticated revenue management practices and will raise rates during high-occupancy periods. -- Consider booking off-peak destinations where rates are lower than other times of the year and travelers may be able to get a better value for the dollar by upgrading to a fancier hotel.
International and domestic destinations where hotel rates are
steady or lower year over year include some surprises:
-- International: London, Paris, Jamaica, Bahamas, Barcelona -- Domestic: Las Vegas, Reno, Atlanta, Nashville, Monterey, Calif.
RENTAL CARS: When consumers were asked about gas prices in a 2006
Travelocity survey, the majority (60 percent) said prices would not
impact their road trip plans for the summer. However, 34 percent
acknowledged that they would. Of those who said their trips would be
impacted (stats according to Travelocity’s annual forecast poll — Jan
-- 26 percent said they would fly instead of drive -- 8 percent would drive shorter distances -- 10 percent would take shorter road trips -- 33 percent plan to reduce the number of trips slightly -- 10 percent will drastically reduce the number of trips planned
To ensure travelers get the best rates on rental cars, Ziff says
to lock in rentals as early as possible. “Travelers should look for
any lodging promotions that may help them offset the price of gas,”
CRUISE FOR SUMMER BARGAINS: Cruise prices have been on the rise
the past few years, but the market is beginning to soften with some
excellent prices. In fact, Ziff says that a cruise offers one of the
best value-vacations this summer, and they appeal to the whole family.
To get the best bang for their buck, travelers should:
-- Choose less popular itineraries. Consider a cruise up the Eastern Seaboard. See scenic sites such as Bar Harbor, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and more. -- Utilize drive up ports. -- Look for repositioning cruises, which is when cruise ships transition from year-round warm destinations to other, more seasonal regions. These often offer excellent pricing and one-of-a-kind itineraries.
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