With the kids out of school and more flexible summer schedules, now is a great time to contemplate that summer vacation. Here are some tips on finding the best deals, and suggestions on how to stretch that vacation dollar.
Gas prices may be on the rise but that's not stopping vacationers from hitting the road or taking to the skies this summer.
59 percent of Americans say they are planning to travel. That's up 8 percent from last year.
But if you're looking for a deal, you may be out of luck.
CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg said, “You're not going to see a lot of bargain airfares this summer. You'll see some spurt airfares what we call flash sales - people who are alerted on Twitter or Facebook.”
And that's becoming more popular. Instead of constantly searching the web for deals, there's an easier way to score cheap fares.
Greenberg said, “Too many people sign up for fare alerts based on the city they want to go to. Don't do that. Base the fare alerts based on the city you live in. All of a sudden, you'll find out great fare deals for places you hadn't thought about going, but all of a sudden, and wow, that's a great fare, i'll go!”
You can also save on costly hostel rooms this summer by renting an apartment. Websites like air-b-and-b-dot-com let you live like a local.
Greenberg said, “It accomplishes three things - it's cheaper, you get to meet new people and immerse yourself as a local which is really great, and third, you're not eating out every night - you're cooking in the apartment.”
If you plan to stay closer to home but are still concerned about the cost of gasoline, Triple A's fuel cost calculator will help you figure out how far you can afford to go.
For more money saving summer travel tips, like why filling up with premium fuel won't improve your MPGs.