AVP/SR. Mortgage Loan Originator
Alaska USA Mortgage Company
Phone: 360-679-5633 / 360-969-5550
License: NMLS#304060 / CL-157293
When spontaneity leads to savings
All our lives we have been taught to plan ahead. It is a sound, almost inarguable philosophy that increases our chances of success by using time and organization to our advantage. But when it comes to the subject of vacations, especially this year, success could mean waiting until the 11th hour to book the trip.
What's the deal with '08?
Believe it or not there is some good news, but you're going to have to make a few concessions in order to reap the benefits. Well get to that later. For know, it is important to know that the rise in airfare costs, as well the lackluster performance of the US dollar, have caused a decrease in purchases of both airline tickets and hotel rooms. What this means is that while purchases made in advance will be more expensive, last-minute purchases may carry a huge savings. While an airline or hotel can't reduce their prices for a trip that's booked ahead of time, they have no problem doing so if it appears that a seat or a room may go unused.
The ins and outs of last-minute vacations
Avoid certain days and destinations
A destination such as Hawaii is not likely to yield a sizeable last-minute savings due to the fuel surcharge built into the price of the ticket. Instead, look into alternate destinations, especially those that involve moving the opposite way of the crowd and within the continental United States.
Have a game plan
An even more proactive approach is to sign up for airline and travel company newsletters. Many of these companies will email you alerts for any last-minute deals.
Don't forget about travel agents
How about a cruise?
It should be noted that while cruise lines have also taken at hit with fuel costs, many are working very hard to fill their ships by offering deals. Some of the best deals right now can be found with European cruises that are attempting to offset the horrible exchange rate between dollars and euros. However, don't forget that these cruises do require a plane flight to a European port.
Go for it!
Websites to know about
We hope that this article has created some new options for you, as well as shed a little light on what it takes to book a last-minute vacation. The two most important things to remember are to be flexible and search hard. The deals are out there, so go out and find them. And one more thing... bon voyage!
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