Best Travel Deals for Fall

September 5, 2012 10:33:44 AM PDT
Now that the summer travel season is over, many families who have relatives out of state are looking ahead to booking travel for the holiday season. Spring and fall -- called "shoulder seasons" in the travel industry -- have long been known by budget travelers as the time to take advantage of significant savings and fewer crowds in popular destinations.

Not only is the weather good, reservations at popular restaurants are easier to get, and airfare and hotel accommodations can be much less expensive. Jeanenne Tornatore with Orbitz points out some travel deals for Chicagoans:

Chicago to Breckenridge, CO
Airfare + 3 Nights + Car Rental
Staying at the 4-Star Village Hotel
$400 per person

Chicago to Disney World / Orlando
Airfare + 3 Nights
Staying at the 3-Star Disney Pop Century Resort
$485 per person
(free transport to/from airport and to all Disney parks; enjoy the Epcot Food & Wine Festival)

7 Night Cruise to Bermuda - $429
Departs on Oct. 7 from New York (roundtrip airfare - $191)
TOTAL COST -- $620 ($88 per night, including all meals!)
Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian Star)
Three nights at port in Bermuda, and includes a FREE shore excursion.

Orbitz' Top Money Saving Tips:

1. Book it as package. Bundling airfare and hotel will always save you on the total cost vs. booking these components separately.

2. Travel on off-peak days. This really applies mostly to the holidays. Avoid the busiest travel days. On Columbus weekend, it will be Friday and Monday. Take an extra day and head out Thursday night, or leave Saturday morning and come back on Tuesday and you'll save on airfare and avoid the crowds.

3. For city destinations, look at staying in the financial / business districts on the weekends. Full of biz travelers during the work week, but looking to fill up the rooms on the weekends, so offer great deals.

4. For travelers heading to popular destinations to see the fall foliage (Wisconsin/Michigan/Northwest US) and wine country (Napa, Sonoma), be sure to book well in advance as even the smallest hotels book up quickly this time of year (especially on the weekends).

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