The best deals, he said are on the high end, where luxury hotels are offering once unheard of rates.
For instance, the Wynn Las Vegas is currently throwing in $75 in resort credits with any two-night minimum stay through Sept. 30. Book a suite and the deal gets, well, sweeter. Then the hotel will throw in private car service to and from the airport, daily spa passes for two and free Internet access and phone calls.
The Venetian, where summer rates start at $159 a night, is offering a package that includes coupons that the hotel values at more than $150. They include upgraded show tickets, $25 off a $50 bill at one restaurant, 20 percent off the bill at another, two-for-one wax museum admission and $25 in free slot machine play.
More mainstream hotels are also offering some great deals. New York-New York, for instance, is offering a package starting at $59.99 a night that includes two welcome cocktails, a $25 retail credit, two-for-one breakfast, two-for-one spa passes and finally two-for-one passes on the hotel's roller coaster.
The MGM Grand buffet is offering an All Day Meal pass for only $29.99 Monday through Thursday and $39.99 Friday through Sunday. Each pass purchase allows for one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner meal at the buffet. One thing is certain with that package: you won't go home hungry.
"Room rates have been our number-one value every month in 2009," Curtis said, "and there's no sign that the downward pressure on pricing is letting up."
Cruises have always offered great deals for people who want lots of food, one hotel room and the ability to see lots of destinations. But a boom in shipbuilding and the steep drop in leisure travel has left the cruise industry with more rooms than it can fill. That means great deals abound.
Take Princess Cruises for example. The company is offering an eight-day cruise from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting on Oct. 24. This itinerary features six ports of call, including Bermuda and St. Kitts. Meals and entertainment are included. Interior cabins can be had for as little as $499 plus another $108.30 in taxes and fees. That's down from the normal $599.
Yes, it is hurricane season, but at these prices it is probably worth the risk.
Or consider this 14-day "Classic Southern Caribbean" cruise from Princess that starts Nov. 1 from San Juan. It includes 11 ports of call including St. Lucia and Aruba. An inside cabin normally costs $1,198 but is now on sale for $899. Want something more lavish? A mini-suite that normally goes for $2,198 is now reduced to $1,799. Add in $73.39 for government fees and taxes and you have yourself a recession bargain.
OK, so you aren't staying inside the actual park, but at this price who can argue? The Comfort Inn Lake Buena Vista in Orlando is offering rooms at $29 a night through Dec. 23. That's half off the normal rate, according to TravelZoo which is helping to promote the deal.
At that price you will be able to buy all the mouse ears and tacky T-shirts you want. Book by Aug. 16 and the hotel will throw in shuttle service to Disney, Universal, Islands of Adventure and SeaWorld and in-room wireless Internet access. For an extra $10 a night the hotel will add a full breakfast buffet for two.