An Associated Press article in the Seattle Times indicates that the airlines are discounting tickets to jump start the summer travel season. Most airlines have experienced low traffic over the last several months and are now trying to lure passengers into reconsidering traveling this summer, by offering what appear to be incredible deals on airfares. Unfortunately, the often airlines play “games” with their inventory, so you might not find many seats available at the lowest sale prices. However, it is clearly the time to take consider a summer vacation, as some of the discounts are outstanding. Naturally, it goes without saying that “you deserve a break.”
In another interesting story that may have implications for the cost of travel, Spiegel Online, reports that even Paris, one of the most popular international travel destinations, is suffering from a significant decline in tourism. Airline arrivals in Paris are down eight percent, year over year, hotel occupancy is down ten percent and restaurants seem to be suffering even more, as people are avoiding expensive, signature restaurants and turning to good quality, but less expensive alternatives (more “snacking and picnics).
We suspect that the decline in vacation travel is hitting most places and that the entrepreneurs who provide travel services are aware that they need to adjust their prices and improve their services to survive. For the traveler, however, this may convert to lower prices, better service and less crowds. In other words, now may be the time to consider travel, even if you are a little pinched. Real travel discounts, which are usually hard to find or misleading advertising, seem to be surfacing for travel this summer. So take a close look at what the travel industry is offering and see if they have something this year “just for you”.
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