Now that it's October, families are preparing for their fall break adventures.
Ideally vacations during popular times should be booked months in advance.
The reality is many wait until the last minute to make their plans.
'I'm a little concerned,' admits booking agent Bethanne Harrison- Brown with The Travel Authority in Indianapolis.
She warns the most popular destinations won't have the availability they had just a month ago.
But it's not too late.
The key? 'Flexibility,' says Brown.
With more schools adopting 'balanced' or 'year -round' calendars, it affords families more time to choose; and more options for departures and arrivals.
'So they could travel Tuesday to Tuesday," and that kind of flexibility could get them a seat on a plane; and a hotel room in the destination of their choice, advises Brown.
As for what vacationers will pay, Brown says there aren't the deals there used to be this time of year ; but it's still better pricing than during spring break. Just don't expect airlines to discount seats as a given holiday approaches.
According to AAA Hoosier Motor Club, the closer it gets to a holiday, the more expensive flights become because of constantly changing inventory. There could be nearly 10 different pricing tiers for one flight. When a low tier sells out, the next tier is activated, explains AAA's Greg Seiter. Seiter adds, 'There really isn't one airline that's always lower than the others but around here (Indianapolis), Southwest and AirTran traditionally tend to offer the lowest rate.'
Now is really the time to book a spring break vacation.
Rule of thumb--make fall break travel plans in the spring; and spring break plans in the fall to get the best deals at the most popular destinations.