This year continues the recent trend of rising expenses for travel. Airfares are predicted to increase about 15 percent from last year, reports Bing Travel, while hotel costs should experience a seven percent increase from 2010. Even so, there are deals lurking out there and taking advantage of them means traveling to the right place at the right time and booking early.
Step 1: The week of May 30 through June 5 will be the cheapest week to travel this season. Bing reports that the average round-trip airfare will be $518. The most expensive week will be June 27 through July 3, with airfares averaging around $595. Avoid travel during this week, opting instead for cheaper flight dates.
Step 2: One of the cheapest destinations this summer will be Orlando, Florida. Saying hello to Mickey Mouse will cost you about $300 in roundtrip airfare and approximately $107 per night for a hotel stay. Denver and Boston will be two other low-cost destinations. For inexpensive three-star hotel accommodations, consider San Diego, Miami, and Las Vegas. This year, Cancun hotel prices are cheaper than last and if you are flying from Chicago, Dallas, or Boston, you will also save money on airfare. In general, overseas travel will be costlier than last year, represented by an increase from $1,100 to $1,250.
Step 3: Book travel as soon as possible rather than attempting to wait out increasing fares. You are not likely to find a deal by holding off on the travel reservations.
Step 4: Being flexible regarding travel dates can help save money. Some travel sites like Bing Travel show shoppers when fares will be cheapest to a desired destination. If price is the main consideration and you are open regarding destination, Airfarewatchdog will show the most inexpensive flights from the nearest airport. Flexibility regarding the departure or arrival airport can also yield cost savings.