Summer travel forecast
What is the best way to travel and when?
- Duration 4:01
- Date May 26, 2012
What is the best way to travel and when?
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-- there were fears the average price of gasoline could hit five dollars a gallon but luckily.
That's not the case right now right could go back up but the average price for regular unleaded stands at three dollars and 66 cents.
Don't get me wrong that's still the third highest for Memorial Day weekend ever but it does have some of you rethinking.
Your summer travel plans and joining us -- some advice for travel Ers Chris mcginnis editor you must be that dot com welcome great to have you here today.
Thanks for having me.
A lot of folks still trying to figure out what what to do about the summer weather not to travel or not.
Give me some advice when you're -- -- vacation -- people think about flying or driving.
Well I think as you said before with gasoline prices going down a lot more people are gonna be opting for a driving vacation this year.
Now a lot more people are planning on going you know I would we were looking -- gasping for five dollars a gallon everybody was afraid of a lot of people said.
-- -- take that trip this year but now that it's coming down.
Were really really seeing a lot of activity a lot of people booking get ahead of time as a matter of fact best western which is one of the bid bit the largest hotel chains in the country.
There advance bookings for summer trial were up 22%.
Compared to this time last year so that's a big sign that people are starting to book travel if you're planning on taking a vacation.
You need to go ahead and make those reservations right now.
Okay so we're talking about motorists -- up folks who want to fly to the destinations are airlines offered some good deals right now or -- prices still pretty -- Well prices are very height of the airlines kinda have a -- I wanna say have been reducing capacity over the past few years.
And raising prices so while there are fewer people flying.
They're paying a lot more in fair and they are also paying a lot more in fees so.
You know this summer if you're particularly if you're traveling during -- peak summer travel season.
Which runs roughly from June 15 August 44 this year.
You're gonna be paying quite a lot so about the only way you're gonna find a deal is if you're willing to travel mid day.
Or outside of that windows -- if you can get in an early vacation may be trouble before June 15 or.
There's a window when you have kids are starting to go back to school earlier now there's a window right after about August 24.
Up until Labor Day when demand starts to come down there's some probably some okay deals that -- Air travel now is is an expensive proposition even if he does on the online sites like -- -- dot com -- Expedia.
Yeah you know I mean it and all those online sides have the same price is that the -- that you know the delta dot -- in the southwest stock comes out.
They all pretty much use the same databases so they can help you sort out and and compare prices across brands when it comes.
To actually about booking the ticket you're gonna find -- the same prices got just about anywhere where some of the best player and there's you know.
I'm sorry go ahead well you know -- ever.
-- -- I think well if you're talking about best places to go online to book unfortunately there's not one single best place to.
To you know to find the best deals if there were if there was the best place like that I'd be a millionaire is not investment absolutely best places to go.
Best places to go for vacation this summer or -- gas prices are going to be -- so I would suggest that people.
Head down to the Gulf Coast were -- that has the lowest gas prices in the country also the south and the midwest have looked very low gas prices unfortunately.
Out here in San Francisco along the West Coast -- -- from.
We've seen gas prices in excess of four dollars and actually creeping up so.
It's expensive to drive out here but of course it's beautiful who are celebrating the 75 anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge this week and so.
All -- -- very excited about that.
I've been to your neck of the woods is absolutely breathtaking and driving up the coast in northern California Housley breathtaking so I know it's a great -- -- -- it's worth is it worth it.
I was there is it's worth paying for fifty got to -- today take take that drive I have to say absolutely are right thank you so much for joining us appreciate have a holiday.