CHICAGO, IL, May 15, 2007 – Having trouble finding affordable destinations for summer vacations? CheapTickets.com, a leading online travel agency that knows "the less you pay, the better it feelsSM," is helping vacation seekers pinpoint the best times to go to the "in" places on a budget.
Whether planning a romantic long weekend getaway or a week-long excursion to a tropical locale, CheapTickets makes the planning process easy for budget-conscious travelers as it unveils its 2007 Summer Getaway Cheapometer. This latest edition of the Cheapometer expertly identifies the best times to save at the most popular destinations all summer long.
- Travelers who have always dreamed of vacationing in Aruba for less can benefit from savings up to 46 percent by traveling in August.
- Travel to historic Germany in July and take advantage of savings up to 39 percent off the monthly average.
- Make it Mexico! Travel to this exciting destination in September and enjoy savings up to 36 percent.
- And it might be hot in Vegas this summer – but the hotel room prices are even hotter! 37% off the monthly average.
"We all feel the pressure to plan the perfect summer vacation without paying top-dollar," said Marita Hudson Thomas of CheapTickets' Cheap SquadSM. "Our research has identified significant savings on hotels, with money to spare for that Vegas show or some gaming at the poker table."
CHEAPTICKETS SUMMER GETAWAY CHEAPOMETER
The CheapTickets Cheapometer is a monthly travel pricing guide that analyzes where vacationers can maximize their travel experience without maxing out their credit, here in the U.S. and abroad.
The 2007 Summer Getaway Cheapometer takes a look at hotel pricing in the summer's most popular destinations and determines the best month to experience the highest percentage savings in those destinations. The report below forecasts a sampling of five cities each month where CheapTickets' customers can travel and save this summer.
Based on analysis from on its Summer Getaway Cheapometer, CheapTickets has identified its top picks for value travel destinations this summer. For each month, CheapTickets has chosen a budget-friendly destination that offers an impressive array of attractions and activities, some on the CheapTickets' Activities page. We even pick two places in August because the savings were worth noting!
Phoenix, AZ – In June, Phoenix is hot, hot, hot! Though travelers might typically steer clear of the high summer temperatures, budget-minded vacationers can balance the heat with savings of up to 45%. Known as the "Valley of the Sun," Phoenix boasts over 40 spas for summer revitalization. When not pampering the body, guests can rejuvenate the soul by helping children learn to read at The Park Holiday Elementary School. Travelers won't get burnt out in fabulous Phoenix!
New Orleans, LA – Rediscover the thriving and festive city of New Orleans! The Jazz capital of the world has over 30,000 hotel rooms to accommodate summer travelers in search of rhythm and blues. Great music and great prices are matched by the abundant volunteer opportunities available to caring visitors. A day at The Food Bank of Central Louisiana will leave volunteers singing a happy tune.
Aruba – Every day in Aruba is a beach day made for basking in the sun. Visitors will be astonished by the laid- back ambiance of the enticing and unforgettable island. The Passport to Paradise trip, a full-day snorkeling excursion in the transparent waters off the Aruba coast, is a perfect day in paradise for only $86.02.
Las Vegas, NV - Venture to Las Vegas in August and experience first-hand the adult playground that is "sin city." From live concerts to limitless casinos, there are plenty of climate-controlled hot spots to cool-off in this desert town. Travelers can also enjoy the drama of Vegas from its many stages, featuring big name performers and Broadway hits.
Myrtle Beach, SC - With its 60-mile stretch of sand, numerous nationally acclaimed golf courses, exceptional dining and superlative shopping, Myrtle Beach is truly a hidden haven for tranquil vacationing. Spend the morning taking tennis lessons by the beach, and then switch gears with a swing of very different proportions. In only a few hours, vacationers can help build a home on a Habitat For Humanity worksite, ultimately helping to build hope for a better future.
To search for great summer getaway packages to all the "in" destinations, visit http://cheapometer.cheaptickets.com.
VOLUNTEER WHILE YOU VACATION!
Volunteering a few days or even hours during vacation is a blossoming interest for many travelers. In fact, a 2007 CheapTickets study found that 55% of respondents would consider taking a day or two out of an already planned vacation to volunteer in a city near where they are vacationing. Great volunteer ideas through United Way of American are available at http://volunteer.cheaptickets.com.
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Marita Hudson Thomas
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