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Airfare Sales Are Hot But Hotel Deals Are Hotter

This morning, I did a radio interview on a topic that continues to get a ton of press coverage: declining airfares. It is true that we’ve seen significant year-over-year decreases in the cost of airfare. Our spring data report showed a 10 percent decline, and we’re seeing similar story looking ahead to Memorial Day.

In the interview, I was asked about the fare sales that have been launched over the past couple of weeks. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen a bump in the number of sales carriers are launching. On Friday, American Airlines launched a sale promoting roundtrip fares as low as $98.

Whether or not other carriers will follow is still to-be-determined, but watching the matching game over the past several weeks has proved that airlines are in hot pursuit for your business.

The one thing that the host of the program did not ask about was the significant declines in average daily hotel rates. With the airlines stealing the spotlight, hotel promotions have not gotten the attention they deserve. Our spring data report showed a 14 percent decline in average daily hotel rates. Keep in mind that hotels are typically the most costly expenditure of any trip, so this steep discount translates to hundreds of dollars in many cases.

Over the past several months, we’ve had more participation in hotel promotions than ever before. Most recently, we launched a Local Getaways promotion with hotel deals starting at $22 per night.

A word to the wise: if you plan to travel over the next few months, be aware of the airfare sales, but you certainly don’t want to forget about all the hotel deals out there, too. You may also want to try booking your flight and hotel together to save even more.

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Jennifer

My name: Jennifer Gaines, but my friends call me Gaines, Jenni-Dallas or just plain Jenn.

(Find me on Twitter @jenngaines)

Travel ambitions: It's my mission to visit each of the New 7 Wonders and to step foot on every continent before my next milestone birthday.

Greatest travel lesson learned: Find the local hangouts to experience the real, true culture of a place. During a trip to Europe, my friends and I spent several days with a French family in the small town of Vichy. We had a private party in their family-run creperie, feasting on cheese-stuffed crepes and sampling wine that we picked up in the Bordeaux region a few days earlier. Their English wasn’t much better than my French, which is limited to a few well-known phrases from Moulin Rouge and the question: Parlez-vous anglais? (I'm proud to say that I can spout this question off in several different languages, and luckily most Europeans do indeed speak English!) After a few bottles of wine, the language barrier was hardly noticeable (slurring actually sounds the same in French!), and we managed to swap stories about life in other places. What a slice of local flavor!

My most beloved place in the whole world is: My grandparents place in Texas. It’s a 10-acre oasis in between two sprawling cities: Dallas and Fort Worth. A creek runs through their enormous backyard, where Granddad built a deck over the water. The entire place is shrouded with all types of trees (mainly pecan), blocking the Texas sun in the summer. Dusk is the best time to sit on the deck, drink a glass of ice tea and watch baby raccoons from the spring litter surround their back porch as Gram feeds them bread (no lie!). There will be dozens of raccoons eating on any given night. In the fall, my family gathers in the courtyard in front of their house for an annual “weenie roast.” Granddad lights the bonfire, and we roast dogs and s'mores. Yes, y’all, we’re from Texas!

Favorite way to get around: Well, I’m not much of a driver. I get lost easily and my tires have never come across a curb they didn’t want to get to know a little better. But, I do enjoy cruising around and listening to music. That said, I much rather explore a place by foot (with my iPod in tow) for a more intimate encounter.

View that took my breath away: Coming from Texas (where the view is wide but there’s not much to see), scenes from my new home of San Francisco never fail to amaze me. The city is a pedestrian’s dream, but don’t forget to turn around and look behind you as you meander through its neighborhoods. You won’t realize it, but you’ll be at the tip-top of a hill and the ocean will suddenly seem to be at eye level. Take a drive through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge where even more stunning views await!

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John
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Yes, it it true that airfares are declining. When I visited a few airline websites and compare prices to the same destination, the price difference can be as wide as US150-180. This to me is quite huge.

Regarding the hotels, at time, you could get quite a low price during the last week or from the hotel directly.

With both the low airfare and hotel price, it will definitely make travelling more enjoyable.

Downtown Hotels Manila
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Is it due to recession or will stay in future? I think people are cutting their cost on luxury items at recession period which includes luxurious hotel stay.

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