Reporting Jim Donovan
By Jim Donovan
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you’re thinking of a spring break getaway for the whole family, time is running out to book flights and hotels, especially if you’re hoping to snag a deal.
An early Easter means less time for families to book spring break travel.
“In this more compact travel season with this high demand, we typically see that the hotel rooms and the airfare seats book out sooner,” says Jeanenne Tornatore, Senior Editor at Orbitz.com.
According to Orbitz, the number one spring break destination for families is Orlando – home of Walt Disney World. But for alternatives, it recommends the beaches of St. Petersburg Florida, family-friendly resorts of the Bahamas and, in Europe, London is still in its off-season.
It’s a popular season for cruises, with the recent drama on the Carnival Triumph doing little to curb bookings.
“We haven’t seen any changes in terms of bookings or cancellations due to recent events and think that it’s still one of the most popular vacations out there right now. People are still taking advantage of the deals they can find,” Tornatore says.
Most parts of the country are seeing the tail end of winter weather, but travelers should still plan for possible disruptions.
“Even if you’re planning on heading to somewhere like a great warm weather destination, you want to prepare yourself for any connections that may cause you trouble and make sure that you have anything you really need for 24 hours packed with you in your carry-on bag,” says Tornatore.
Something else that you may want to think about, budget cuts that soon may take place due to the government sequester. Those cuts may have an effect on staffing at airport security checkpoints.
So be sure to get to the airport early. The last thing you want to do is miss a flight because you’re stuck in long security line.