Traveling on the Cheap - Starting Labor Day Weekend Drop in Tourism Means More Price Incentives

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Undercover Tourist, the leading supplier of online discount tickets to major attractions in the United States, sees several travel trends impacting the travel industry in 2010.

Undercover Tourist, the leading supplier of online discount tickets to major attractions in the United States, sees several travel trends impacting the travel industry in 2010. The economic climate is improving, but consumers will still be able to find super deals by doing a little homework as hotels, airlines, cruise ships and car rental agencies try to attract more customers with flashy promotions and discounts.

"There are a number of economic metrics indicating there is some light at the end of the tunnel in recovering from the recent recession. Other industries tend to bounce back from a recession faster than the travel industry as most people view travel expenses as a luxury," said Ian Ford, travel expert and president, Undercover Tourist.

The number of people traveling over the Labor Day weekend this year is expected to fall 13.3 percent from last year's decade-high total, according the travel club AAA. AAA predicted that about 39.1 million travelers will hit the road or catch a plane for trips of 50 miles or more over the five-day, Thursday-through-Monday holiday period. This is a significant drop compared to the 45.1 million people that traveled last year.

Ford first advises travelers to search for great travel deals with the cruise lines. Due in large part to the tough economic climate, cruise lines are putting the brakes on building new ships. As a result, they will likely continue to lower prices next year, or until their ships sail at capacity. Ford believes customers can capitalize on getting the best rates by booking as early as possible. Most cruise lines take bookings at least a year in advance.

"Airfare-and-hotel bundles or vacation packages are still the way to go," continues Ford. Travelers can get a better price on airfare because resorts are subsidizing the cost just to get people there. Ford says to look at areas really hit by the recession such as Las Vegas or the Caribbean. Travelers may also want to check your preferred airline for packages since many carriers now have comparable offers for airfare-and-hotel deals.

However, unbundling family vacations to destinations like Disney World can also be a great money saver. Purchasing Walt Disney World tickets from authorized dealers such as Undercover Tourist can save as much as $100 dollars for a family of four.

Also, for savvy travelers, Ford says to look for the "extras" associated with a hotel stay. Discounted room rates and value-added promotions, such as free nights, free breakfast, free room upgrade, are everywhere. In Vegas, it's gambling credits and spa credits. This is the time to bargain, Ford says, because the travel industry is trying to rebound and is ready to make a deal.

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Undercover Tourist is an online, discount travel site that provides consumer advice and discount tickets to popular tourist attractions. With over 500,000 tickets sold to such destinations as Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Richard Petty Driving Experience and Medieval times. Undercover Tourist's customers receive "real" tickets versus vouchers-- eliminating the need to stand in long ticket lines upon arrival. We are contracted, licensed and officially authorized by Walt Disney World and affiliated attractions to sell discounted tickets.

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