Take KARE of Your Cash: How to save cash and keep secure this spring break journey season
What you need to know before booking your trip.
MINNEAPOLIS – Now, more than ever, we all need something to look forward to.
That’s what the spring break is about, right?
A dream to get us through the nightmare that winter can be in Minnesota.
“Right now we’re seeing the lowest prices we’ve seen in years,” says Hopper travel expert Liana Corwin. “We’re seeing offers that are 30% to 40% cheaper than a year ago.”
But with the introduction of a vaccine, the deals won’t last long.
“We assume that prices will rise to meet demand, simply because more people want to get on the planes and fewer seats are available,” says Corwin. “We will see that these prices rise again and normalize.”
According to Corwin, the data shows that people are doing their research and planning their trips, but most aren’t ready to commit just yet.
So there is still time to sneak in and get a good deal.
Travel Leaders’ Ted Blank says booking early also gives you more options.
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“I think there’s a myth out there that we can snap our fingers and everything will go back to normal,” says Blank. “It will be years before airlines, cruise lines and resorts get back to the level of capacity they were.” ”
And according to Blank, many travelers who had to postpone their trips in 2020 have already booked new trips in 2021.
Many of the best flights and resorts are already booked.
“Some resorts are still closed. Some resorts are still operating with limited capacity, ”says Blank.
If you step in now, you can secure your place. Before you book, however, according to Blank, it’s important to read the fine print.
“Often times, the lowest price offer isn’t flexible. If plans change, you may not get a refund. You may need to redeem a coupon and that may not be what you want,” says Blank.
Travelers also have to pay more when booking flights with airlines that block the middle seat.
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According to Blank, the service costs airlines hundreds of dollars per seat, and many airlines will pass that cost on to customers.
It is something that travelers need to make up for when booking flights. Do you opt for more security and social distancing? Or are you booking a cheaper flight with an airline that doesn’t block the center seat?
Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean Islands are among the top three travel destinations this spring, according to Blank.
He says all three regions depend on tourism to keep their economies going, so local officials are rolling out the welcome mat to attract American travelers.
However, according to Blank, it’s important to note that many of these regions require a negative COVID-19 test.