Consumer Watch: Saving on summer travel

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) –  During peak summer travel periods, it can be tough to find a reasonable airfare for yourself, let alone trying to find cheap rates for a family of three, four or even more.

Travel website Orbitz said fare-hunters can find the best deals by avoiding days with the heaviest bookings.

"According to our data, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the busiest days for travel over the summer season," a company spokesman said. "So, people that may be looking to travel on those less-volume days will maybe find some cheaper fares, if you look Sunday through Wednesday."

Orbitz also surveyed summer travelers on how they plan to cut costs when they arrive at their destination.

"A lot of people told us the ways they're going to save this summer is by using rewards points, but also things that you see families do very often, like bringing their own food or eating some of their meals in their hotel rooms," the spokesman said.

Families might consider suite-style accommodations to allow more family members to stay for one rate and also to take advantage of in-room kitchens to cut the cost of dining out.

Also, a search just a little beyond your ultimate destination could turn up lower room rates.

"A lot of people want to stay right on the beach. A lot of times in these beach destinations, if you're willing to stay across the street from the beach, that can save you a lot of money off of your hotel rate off your room," Orbitz said.

Also, look for hotels that bundle a room rate with free breakfast or tickets to theme parks and nearby attractions.

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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