A cool economy could make for some hot vacation deals
High fuel prices and an economy teetering on the brink of recession may not keep people from traveling this summer after all.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently shared a report from the Travel Industry Association (TIA) which says that Americans are expected to take more than 327 million leisure trips during June, July and August of 2008. Representing only a slight decline of 1-1.5% over last summer, it is expected that the current economic conditions will create opportunities for vacationers to find bargains when traveling to destinations worldwide.
According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, the average rate for a AAA Three Diamond hotel room in July 2008 is $136 in Honolulu/Waikiki, $259 in Maui, $256 in New York City, $160 in Washington, D.C., $138 in Las Vegas, and $193 in San Francisco, with travel packages offering additional opportunities to save. By combining airfare and hotel stay in one package, vacationers can receive significant savings. In some cases, as outlined below, extras such as transportation from the airport or some meals may also be included.
AAA, which is the largest automotive membership club in the US, is offering a variety of packages this summer including the following:
Hawaii: Five nights in Maui which includes hotel and airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco for only $529*; Chicago, $795*; Denver, $739*; Seattle, $625*; and New York, $799*. AAA prices are per person, based on quad occupancy (two adults and two children under the age of 13) for select dates available August through December.
San Francisco: Package includes a 2-night hotel stay, San Francisco CityPass Sightseeing booklet, and all state and local taxes. Prices start at $209 per person, based on double occupancy, excluding airfare.
Washington, DC: Package includes 4-night hotel stay in Washington, D.C. Prices start at $329 per person, based on double occupancy, excluding airfare.
As with any package, certain restrictions apply. Visit AAA.com for more information and don’t forget to check out special deals being offered through Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, and other online vacation package companies.
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