November 17, 2008 14:00 ET

Travel Still Hot Despite Economic Woes

Jetsetters Are Finding That While Airline Costs Are on the Rise, There Are Savings on Other Travel Products and Services That Allow Them to Keep Traveling

SUFFIELD, CT--(Marketwire - November 17, 2008) - Recent reports of increased travel costs may appear bleak if only airfares are considered; however, total travel costs are fairly consistent and expected to remain flat in the first half of 2009, due to savvy jetsetters who research and take advantage of various deals. Although airlines are raising fares and fees left, right and center in order to survive, travelers are finding a balance of costs within additional travel products and services, such as hotels, traveling light to avoid luggage fees and by taking advantage of discounted airport parking rates by reserving in advance, either independently or as part of a park, sleep and fly package.

Examples of additional fees imposed by airlines include baggage fees that can cost as much as fifty dollars each way, preferred seat assignment, oversized baggage fees that can run upwards of $350.00, meal fees as high as eleven dollars and even a non-refundable ticket change fee as high as $150.00.

Despite the recent economical downturns and financial crises, total travel costs remain relatively stable over comparable rates of this time last year. A number of factors keep travel rates in check, including lower hotel rates, rent a car deals and destination promotions such as Disney's "Free" birthday promotion or Six Flags' "Everyone pays kids price." At, many airport parking facilities are offering the seventh day for free. Other discount programs are available only through advanced reservations, with savings of over fifty percent off of on airport parking rates.

Travelers take advantage of these deals by booking everything (air, hotel, car rentals, attraction admission tickets and even airport parking) in advance. In so doing, travelers receive guaranteed reservations that include such bargains as complimentary breakfast at many hotels, two weeks free parking with park and sleep packages and car upgrades at the car rental agency.

As for the business traveler, the National Business Travel Association surveyed 320 travel managers to find out how this situation is affecting their travel programs. Top-level findings of the NBTA surveys indicate that the majority of respondents are reporting a mild impact on their companies while more than fifty-five percent are reporting a higher impact on their travel programs. In addition, only forty-four percent of the buyers feel confident about meeting their agreed levels of spending with their suppliers and for 2009. Fifty-six percent of buyers have no intention of scaling back on quotas agreed with travel suppliers.

These findings coincide with the projected travel trends for 2009; despite the impact of the economical environment, travel will continue at either a consistent or an improved rate.

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At, travelers provide their itinerary and airport of departure before choosing from over 250 airport parking operators at more than sixty-five US and Canadian airports providing a range of parking options (including self, valet, indoor/covered). The parking lots are secure, most offer discounted rates, and all provide free shuttle service with complimentary luggage assistance to and from the airport terminals. Reservations can be made online or toll-free at 800-PARKING (727-5464).

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