Consumer Watch: Holiday travel deals

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

(WHAS11) -- Sandwiched between summer vacations and holiday gatherings, fall may not seem like a prime time to travel. But those who hit the road during this time of year can find some great deals. Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen gets expert tips on finding fall getaways on a budget in Thursday's Consumer Watch. 

It's not the most popular time for a vacation, but fall can be a great time for a getaway on a budget. “After Labor Day weekend, before the Thanksgiving holiday when the crowds are at a minimum but the temperatures are still mild and hotels are looking to fill their rooms so travelers can take advantage of great deals from Orlando to Las Vegas,” said Senior Orbitz Editor Jeanenne Tornatore.

In addition to big travel destinations, the experts at travel website orbitz say the caribbean can be a fall bargain. A getaway to an east coast beach town can also fit into a budget. “Places like Charleston, South Carolina, all these busy east coast towns all the way up to Martha's Vineyard, you're not going to see the crowds because it's not 80/90 degrees outside anymore,” says Tornatore.
 
And if you’re targetting big cities like new york or chicago, head for hotels in the financial district on weekends. “They're full of business travelers during the week and prices are at their peak. On the weekends, however, these hotels are looking to fill their rooms. So the leisure travelers that will come in will save more by staying in these business districts rather than staying in the theater and shopping areas,” advises tornatore.

As always booking packages that include airfare, hotel and rental car, can also trim some costs. 

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

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