The summer months are flying by -- have you taken a family vacation yet? If you want to head out of town, now is a great time to do it! That's because experts say prices for airfare and hotels are a whole lot cheaper during the second half of the summer.
Amy Koch is a travel expert. She spends lots of time looking at the trends, prices, availability -- all of that -- to find us the best deals. She says you can save as much as 50 percent travelling during this part of the summer versus right when school gets out. She also says to focus on what your destination has to offer because you can save a lot of money that way.
"If you're budget conscious, look for a place that has free attractions. I mean, if you're going to go to a place like London or a place where you have to pay to go to everything -- like museums -- that's not going to be a great place to go. But, if you can go someplace like North Carolina, where there's hiking and there's rafting. or Vermont where they're hiking or Maine, where there are so many interesting things to see, that's a really, really big consideration and something to think about," Amy explains.
Amy also says you can save money by staying in a house versus a hotel room. You'll have a full kitchen, washer and dryer which can be big money savers. If you can fly mid-week and later in the day, you can save money. Also, looking at flights with layovers -- instead of direct flights -- helps the pocketbook. And, when you buy your ticket matters. If you book your ticket on a Saturday or Sunday, you can save a bunch of money. Also, you may need to set your alarm for this one -- but, buying tickets after midnight can be a good deal. Amy says that's when a lot of airlines and hotels dump their leftover quantities of unsold rooms or seats -- and, you can save 50 percent. That adds up for a family of four.
Amy says she uses some different apps for her smart phone to help find deals. Click here and here for a look at a few. Amy also says to check in with AAA because they release deals every Tuesday on a first-come, first-serve basis. To check out the deals, click here .
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