Consumer Watch: Last minute Memorial Day trips

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Looking to make a last-minute Memorial Day trip? Whether you're looking to hit the road or take to the skies, there are still ways to enjoy the long weekend without breaking the bank.

 It's the first long weekend of the summer and if you haven't yet planned a Memorial Day getaway, there's still time and there may even be some deals. An Orbitz survey of Memorial Day travel destinations puts Las Vegas in the top spot.

As temperatures go up, their hotel rates tend to go down.

 Family-friendly Orlando took second, with average hotel rates coming in under $100. 
To save even more, look for travel packages.

“What lots of consumers don't know is that hotels, airlines -- they will discount as part of a package - and you may not get that same rate if you book that hotel, stand-alone,” said Marita Hudson Thomas.
 
If jet-setting isn't an option Triple-A shows lower gas prices this Memorial Day weekend, than last year. Money-saving tips for the drive can go beyond the pump.

“One great way that you can save money out on the roadways is your driving behavior. You want to slow down. Driving the speed limit will actually increase your fuel efficiency,” claims Hudson Thomas.
 
Military families should keep in mind that the National Park Service is offering free passes to all active duty members and dependents, good for free admission to almost 400 parks. 

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