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The Bing Travel Fareology Team (http://www.bing.com/travel) has issued its forecast for the 2011 summer travel season, showing that airfares and hotel costs are on the rise. Compared with last year, airfare is expected to be up 15 percent, with tickets averaging $561, up from $485 last summer. Summer hotel costs will rise by more than 7 percent, with average costs at $242 versus $227 last year. Airlines are making deep cuts in capacity and surcharges are blossoming. With oil prices on the rise, travelers can expect fares to continue to climb in order to offset fuel costs. Airlines are also charging more for their ancillary services, including: more legroom, extra bags, Wi-Fi, food, entertainment and more.
Flexibility will be critical for summer travelers looking to find a deal. For those who are willing to let deals lead them to new travel destinations, there are cheaper options to be had:
Traveling internationally continues to be the most expensive summer travel choice, with overseas airfare costing about $1,250 per ticket compared with $1,100 for the same time last year. Hotel rates in London are up 23 percent, but if you can afford to make your way to Rome, the city is among our top destinations, with affordable three-star hotels at an average of about $209 per night.
We suggest booking summer flights as soon as you can. Travelers who are planning to wait out the rising fares in hopes of finding a deal will likely be disappointed. Your best bet is to plan ahead for the best fares – and if you can, be flexible and avoid peak travel dates.
Bing Travel Empowers with Travel Science and Tools
No matter where you want to go or when, Bing Travel has the tools and tips – like Travel Alerts – that travelers need to save time and money. Bing Travel helps online travel shoppers make smart travel decisions with Price Predictor, an airfare prediction for their specific trips. Price Predictor shows whether the lowest fares appear to be rising or dropping and provides recommendations to buy now or wait.
Here’s to a great summer.
- Krista Pappas, global travel industry director at Bing
With the current trend of rising prices, we ought to be wise in our travels and travel bookings. Good information...
Bing's prices are somehow linked together. If you get a price of $1450 Tpa to Manila as the best price and you search Expedia you get a price like $1460, however if you close out Bing and sign back into Expedia you get a price a few hundred dollars cheaper. I will never use bing because of this......jtoons who travels 10-15 times per year I look for price....airline....times of flights...... connections....... and layovers.....a person can get stuck using the same airline....I should be the Bing Travel guy I could help the bingsters save tons of money....Jtoons world traveller...
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