Consumer Watch: Spring travel plans

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM

(WHAS11) -- If you're thinking of a spring break getaway for the whole family, time is running out to book flights and hotels, especially if you're hoping to snag a deal.

“In this more compact travel season with this high demand, we typically see that the hotel rooms and the airfare seats book out sooner,” said Orbitz.com Senior Editor Jeanenne Tornatore.

According to travel website Orbitz, the number one spring break destination for families is Orlando, home of Walt Disney World. For alternatives, it recommends the beaches of St. Petersburg, Florida, family-friendly resorts of the Bahamas and, in Europe, London still in its off-season.

It is a popular season for cruises, with the recent drama on the Carnival Triumph doing little to curb bookings.

“We haven't seen any changes in terms of bookings or cancellations due to recent events and think that it's still one of the most popular vacations out there right now. People are still taking advantage of the deals they can find," said Tornatore.

Most parts of the country are seeing the rail end of winter weather, but travelers should still plan for possible disruptions.

“Even if you're planning on heading to somewhere like a great warm weather destination, you want to prepare yourself for any connections that may cause you trouble and make sure that you have anything you really need for 24 hours packed with you in your carry-on bag,“ claims Tornatore.

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