Fall travel deals abound

October 6, 2010

So says Mary Beth Bond, travel expert from The Gutsy Traveler.com.

"Some of the best travel deals this fall re all-inclusive packages," Bond explains. "Because you're not going to get nickeled and dimed with all those extra things, tips, etc. and there are deals out there right now."

Because many people can't travel when the kids are in school, resorts like Beaches are looking to fill rooms with discounts of up to 65% off. Cruise lines are also offering last-minute deals.

And even if a Fall vacation isn't in the cards, Bond says now's the time to start locking in airfares for you winter holiday.

Keep your travel dates flexible and check for prices on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, when fares tend to be lower.

"The most expensive rates are seven days or less, or 14 days or less," she says. "So be sure to book at least 14 days before your travel."

As for accomodations, you might want to book a hotel now as insurance, but then keep looking for better deals -- such as free internet, parking and breakfasts. If your hotel doesn't offer those amenities, don't be afraid to ask.

"I recommend that after you've seen what the rates are and everything, call the hotel directly," Bond advises. "Don't call the 800 number. Say, 'This is the rate I found, can you do better than that? Do you have any specials going on?' And if they say no, then ask, 'Can you throw in the cost of breakfast or can you throw in free parking?' It's always worth it to ask."

For more of Mary Beth's Fall Travel tips, click here.

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