Airlines cut back their capacities last year in response to skyrocketing fuel prices.Î¾ But Travelocity Senior Editor Genevieve Shaw Brown says there's been such soft demand for seats, airlines have been forced to cut their prices.
"Now this is a good thing for consumers.Î¾ You know, we've been hearing for years and years about higher air fares, higher air fares, and finally they're coming down.Î¾ In fact, March through April, air fares are down to 41 of the nation's top 50 domestic destinations.Î¾ Whether it will continue remains to be seen.Î¾ Certainly if the economy coninues to be cool, the airlines will have to lower their prices to spark demand to get people in the seats.Î¾ However, further capacity cuts beyond what's already been planned, that could bring prices back up."Î¾Î¾
Brown says prices could still drop further, especially if you're flexible with your dates of travel.Î¾ She says Travelocity works with its partners to find the best travel deals.
"I haven't seen deals like this in years.Î¾ So it's actually making it very easy to bring these deals to our customers, which is great for us and great for out partners.Î¾ But one of the things that is real important for travelers to remember, when they're going to the site like Travelocity, always want to be thinking about booking a vacation package — flight plus hotel.Î¾ We did a study and found that the average savings is $315, versus booking the elements of the same exact trip separately."
Most 2009 cruises are expected to be booked between now and March.Î¾ Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.