The fall season is a great time for travelers to snag up some deals. I recently read this article which outlines five ways to save money on fall travel, which I thought would be great to share. The fall is the perfect time to travel because the weather is still pleasant, crowds tend to be smaller, and prices are much lower compared to summer’s peak.
“If you don’t have kids or are retired or an empty nester or if your kids are under school age, right now is a good time to find deals in very popular destinations,” explains Andrew Young, editorial director for Travelzoo.
During the fall, Young states, airlines begin to really drop their prices. Travelers can expect to pay 25 – 50% less on tickets compared with peak summer dates. In particular, Frontier has been extremely aggressive with sale pricing this season, as well as Southwest offering its regular sales.
A lot less people travel to Hawaii in between Labor Day and Christmas. This means that you will find great flight and hotel deals this time of the year. This is a great opportunity to escape the cooling temperatures for the warm weather at a great price.
The weaker Canadian dollar in conjunction with the lower demand during the fall makes Canada a great place to visit. “I have been telling people to go to Canada, where the dollar is getting you 25 percent more than it would have about a year ago,” Young said. Whistler, B.C. is offering reduced hotel and vacation rental prices and Vancouver, B.C. has very reasonable hotel prices.
Airfare to Europe is significantly less this time of the year. Shoulder season offers affordable flights and fewer crowds in great cities such as London, Paris and Rome.
Cruise ships are not nearly as full this time of the year and the crowds tend to be more adults-only than families. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you can easily find oceanview or balcony cabins for less than $100 per person per day. Travelers can find 50% savings in the Caribbean due to the early fall’s hurricane season. But remember to purchase travel insurance in case the weather does not cooperate with your travel plans.