How to pay less to vacation this summer

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by ROB MARCIANO / CNN, KNXV

KING5.com

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Updated Monday, May 23 at 1:05 PM

Traveling during the summer can be pricey.  But you can score hot deals with careful planning.

One of the ways that you can reduce the cost of your airfare is by timing when you purchase your ticket. Generally speaking, the sweet spot is about three to four months before your departure date. Another thing you can do to keep your airfare at its lowest is to travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. 

Stay flexible on where you go, and get more bang for your buck. If you have no particular inkling of where to go, let the deals drive you.  Southwest in the U.S., from Scottsdale, Arizona to Las Vegas, temperatures will reach triple digits. But, that's where you get to see a lot of these four to five-star mega luxury resorts drop their rates by 50, even 70 percent. And, Mexico is dealing with an image issue that will keep, I think, a nice cap come the summer months.

Buying a vacation package may save you money, but confirm what's included.  A lot of extra taxes and fees sometimes are not in that advertised price.  The trick with these, 'vacation packages' is knowing exactly what you're getting and what you're not getting when you book a vacation package.

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