Travelers considering a trip this summer or for the Memorial Day weekend may want to book now.Î¾ Travelocity Senior Editor Genevieve Shaw Brown says international flights are cheaper and domestic flights are in the under-$300 range.
"If you're getting anything below that price on a domestic flight, you're doing pretty well.Î¾ What's really interesting about this Memorial Day that was that although Memorial Day is considered generally more of a domestic travel holiday, we're seeing such great deals on international flights — about $610 on average, and that is below where fares were in 2005.Î¾ So those are proving to be a great value.Î¾ I encourage people to take advantage of low international fares now.Î¾ We expect that when carriers cut back on their international routes this fall, those prices might go up.Î¾ So this summer might be a great time to take that trip maybe to Europe or to Asia or wherever it is that you want to go."Î¾Î¾
Brown says you can save money by combining flights and hotel.Î¾
"You do.Î¾ Vacation packages are a great way to save money.Î¾ In fact, Travelocity recently did a study on vacation packages, and found the average savings is $315 versus booking the exact same trip separately.Î¾ A lot of people ask me 'well, why is that?'Î¾ Well, hotels that don't want to lower their stand-alone rates will lower them when they're part of a package, when the customer only sees the total price for their flight and hotel.Î¾ They don't see the stand-alone hotel rates.Î¾ So hotels give us bigger discounts, which we then pass to customers, and hopefully, everybody's happy in the end."Î¾
Brown suggests checking out all area airports when you book a flight, as some have competitively lower prices.Î¾ She advises checking out Travelocity's Web site, but also do travel homework on hotel and airline Web sites.Î¾
Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.