Many of us travel to see family members around the holidays, but the airfares are going up. Holiday airfares are expected to 10 percent higher than they were a year ago, according to Travelocity.com, a travel website.
Five Affordable Travel Deals
Bright Lights, Sin City: Airfare and 3 Nights in Las Vegas, $304
You can get round-trip airfare on Continental Airlines, plus three nights at Circus Circus hotel in Las Vegas. If you fly from Austin, the package will cost just $304 through Continental Vacations, Willdorf said. You also can get great deals on this trip flying from Tampa, Cleveland, Tulsa, Houston and Newark.
If you are a Continental Airlines OnePass member, you'll earn 5,000 bonus miles.
Aaah! Fall Foliage: Vermont, 3 Nights From $386
Vermont is a great place to see fall foliage, especially in Smugglers' Notch, the mountain pass named for the smugglers who used to sneak embargoed goods into the United States from Canada.
As part of the Autumnfest Vacation package, guests can stay three nights at the Smugglers' Notch Resort in Vermont's Green Mountains and they'll get the fourth night free. This deal, which includes breakfast, runs through Oct. 11.
Caribbean Cruisin': 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise, From $491
For this price, you can get seven nights' accommodation in an interior stateroom aboard Princess Cruises Ruby Princess, sailing round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and stopping in the Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and the Turks and Caicos islands. The price includes all meals and drinks, nightly entertainment, on-board activities and port charges.
National Parks' Grandeur: Three Nights at Washington State's Olympic National Park, From $399
Willdorf called this park a rugged, diverse area that featured Pacific coastlines, glacier-topped mountains and a temperate rain forest. You can get three nights at either Lake Quinault Lodge, Lake Crescent Lodge, Sol Duc Hot Springs, or Kalaloch Lodge for $399. You'll also earn $40 credit per night.
You'll save up to $246 if you book with this deal, Willdorf said.
Hello, Barcelona! Airfare and Six Nights, From $849
You can take get round-trip airfare and six nights at Hotel HCC Covadonga or Husa Via Barcelona hotel with daily breakfast, hotel taxes and fees, and fuel surcharges, Willdorf said.
The quoted price is for a New York City departure. You can leave from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Boston, but it will cost a bit more, she added.
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