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Warm-Weather is Hot in 2008: Data Reveals Year's Most Popular and Inexpensive Holiday Destinations

CHICAGO, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- As travelers prepare for the joys -- and stresses -- of the holiday season, the savvier among them are uncovering secrets to stretching their year-end budgets.

CheapTickets (, the leading online travel company that knows "the less you pay, the better it feels(SM)," asked travelers to share their dollar-saving insights, gathering an assortment of tried-and-true angles perfect for travel planners on a budget. To complement these real-world tips, CheapTickets unveils the year's ten most popular holiday destinations based on current booking data, including three sunny retreats offering red-hot hotel rates. The result: a proven road map for travel savings this holiday season, courtesy of real people and their preferred travel resource --

Most Popular Holiday Destinations for 2008:

According to CheapTickets' current booking data, warm-weather retreats reign supreme for the 2008 holiday season. From Nov. 24 - Dec. 31, 2008, sunny hotspots in the U.S. and Mexico claim eight of the top 10 most booked destinations by CheapTickets' customers.

The value conscious traveler will keep an eye on cities such as Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as well as Las Vegas, each offering average nightly hotel rates under $100 for the holidays.

            CheapTickets' 10 Most Popular Holiday Getaways(1)

  Booking Popularity      Holiday Destination       Average Daily Hotel Rate

  1                        Las Vegas, NV                      $97.74

  2                        New York City                     $273.95

  3                        Cancun, Mexico                    $194.62

  4                        Orlando, Fla.                      $83.80

  5                        Oahu, HI                          $151.08

  6                        Riviera Maya, Mexico              $284.21

  7                        Miami, Fla.                       $134.49

  8                        Chicago, IL                       $135.52

  9                        Fort Lauderdale, Fla.              $87.02

  10                       Puerto Vallarta, Mexico           $155.18

  Real Tips from Real Travelers:

Now that travelers know where to go, the when and how can be put to good use. In addition to sharing top tips from its customers, CheapTickets offers suggestions for putting these expert insights into motion using the website's bevy of online tools.

Early Bird Specials -- Real Tip #1: "We always plan our trips well in advance."

  On CheapTickets: The old adage, "The early bird gets the worm," proves
  useful when booking travel, especially at this time of the year.
  Beach-minded CheapTickets customers have so far snagged holiday hotel
  stays averaging $83 in Orlando, Fla., for example.

In-Room Chef -- Real Tip #2: "We stayed in a bed and breakfast that had a kitchen we could use. We got some groceries and were able to save lots of money on meals."

  On CheapTickets: When searching for a hotel, the "Amenities" link is a
  great tool to find destinations that will best fit individual needs.

High-Season Savvy -- Real Tip #3: "Going right before high season saved us 50 percent immediately!"

  On CheapTickets: If dates are flexible and travelers can avoid peak travel
  dates -- such as those immediately before or after the holiday -- savings
  are fruitful.  When searching for a flight, the "Flexible Dates" option
  includes "Bonus Days," which highlight how much can be saved by arriving
  or departing a day earlier. The "Flexible Stays" search reveals the
  cheapest time to travel during a 30-day period.

  Travelers looking for destinations to avoid high season prices, should
  also check out the CheapTickets' Off-Season Deals Report
  ( which gives insight on the top spots
  to travel and save each season.

Small Town, Big Experience -- Real Tip #4: "We stay in smaller towns to get the flavor of the area we're visiting."

  On CheapTickets: During hotel searches the "Distance" tab offers a
  dropdown list of nearby suburbs close to the big city of interest.  By
  using an "outside is in" approach, travelers can save considerably on
  hotel rooms over the holidays.

All for One and One for All -- Real Tip #5: "You can save a lot if you book everything together (flight, hotel, car rental)."

  On CheapTickets: When searching for a multi-component vacation, users can
  click on the "Flights + Hotel + Car" bullet for combined rates.  Savings
  can be upwards of $200, which makes a world of difference for those
  counting their holiday coins.

CheapTickets continues to search for more real travel tips from real people. To enter the ongoing "Show Us Your Cheap" contest, travelers can visit and follow the instructions to upload photographs of themselves, family and friends on vacation, along with a personal story (100 words or less) that shows how they save money when they travel and how those savings enhance the overall travel experience. Winners will receive two airline tickets to their favorite destination.(2)

  (1) Methodology
      CheapTickets' Top 10 Holiday Destinations were pulled on 9/22/08 and
      ranked using hotel booking data.  Average Daily Hotel Rate was
      calculated on 9/22/08 by taking the average price for all hotel
      bookings made on to the listed destinations for
      arrivals Nov. 24 - Dec. 31, 2008.

  (2) Terms & Conditions:
      Entries will be judged on originality and relevance.  Photographs and
      stories must be original and may not have been previously published or
      submitted in any other contest.  The contest is open only to residents
      of the 48 contiguous U.S. states.  For complete rules and eligibility
      details, visit

  About CheapTickets

CheapTickets ( is a leading seller of discounted leisure travel products online through its Web site, CheapTickets provides consumers access to its collection of airfares on hundreds of airlines. In addition to air, CheapTickets' family of discounted travel products also includes hotel accommodations, cruises, rental cars, vacation packages, condo rentals and Last Minute Trips. Founded in 1986, CheapTickets is a brand that is owned and operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW).


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