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Act Fast To Get A Spring Break Travel Deal
If you're hoping to snag a deal on spring break flights or hotels, you'll want to act fast.
Traveling is about to get more expensive as airlines tack on fees and hotels make it harder to redeem points -- but websites like Orbitz and Priceline can alleviate the financial strain.
Easter comes early this year which means less time for families to book spring break travel. "In this more compact travel season with this high demand, we typically see that the hotel rooms and the airfare seats book out sooner," said Jeanenne Tornatore, Orbitz.com Senior Editor.
According to Orbitz, the number one spring break destination for families is Orlando, the home of Disney World. For alternatives, the travel web site recommends the beaches of Saint Petersburg, Florida, family-friendly resorts of the Bahamas and London while it's still in its off-season.
As for cruises, it seems the recent drama aboard the Carnival Triumph did little to curb bookings. "We haven't seen any changes in terms of bookings or cancellations due to recent events and think that it's still one of the most popular vacations out there right now. People are still taking advantage of the deals they can find," said Tornatore.
Flight deals become scarce as airlines add new services for a fee. United Airlines now lets economy passengers board early for $9. Bags can be delivered to a United Airlines passenger for $30. Southwest offers movies for tablets and laptops for $5.
Redeeming points is also getting more difficult. Hilton, Marriott, and Starwood are raising the number of points customers need to stay at many of their hotels.
Experts say travelers should consider home rental companies like Airbnb.com.
In the past, Tuesdays and Wednesdays have been the best days to book cheap flights, but not anymore. A Texas A&M University study found airlines are more likely to post discounted airfares on Saturday and Sunday. In fact, rates are about 5 percent cheaper than those booked during the week.
CheapAir.com says paying attention to which day of the week you fly can also save your budget. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays prove to be least expensive for trips within the U.S.
By Deeda Payton