Monday AM August 2nd, 2010

When airlines are faring better, there's not much motivation to reduce fares. But a travel expert from Orbitz tells Ed Mayberry that good deals on summer travel are still out there.
Airfares and hotel rates drop a bit at the end of the summer as kids go back to school. Promotions and deals are starting to appear for top destinations, as Jeanenne Tornatore with Orbitz explains--especially when purchased in packages.

"What a lot of people don't know is that if you bundle those and you book them together as a package, you're always going to save, because the hotels and the airfares--when they have, you know, rooms and flights where they need to sell those, they're willing to discount those a little bit more as part of a package. So you're not actually seeing just how cheap they're giving it to you, and that's why they're willing to do that, because they're able to hide those specific prices for each of the components. So bundling your package can really be a great way to save."

Tornatore says even with high transporation costs, other elements of a trip are getting less expensive.

"While the airfares have been a little bit higher this summer than we've seen in summers past, consumers are really able to offset those higher airfare costs by the great hotel rates that are out there, particularly as we get into later summer."

Publicity from the Gulf oil spill has affected beach travel, and that means exceptional deals.

"Beach destinations haven't seen as much late-summer demand and August hotel rates are 20 percent lower than they were in June and July. You know, we saw even some cancellations for Florida hotels, partly because people just weren't aware of what beaches in the Gulf were affected and which ones weren't."

Tornatore says international travel drops drastically during the upcoming shoulder season, in September and October. She says hotel rates drop in Paris by about 13 percent, and in London rates begin dropping by about ten percent in August.

Ed Mayberry, KUHF News.
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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...