PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Is the high cost of gas and increased travel fees putting your vacation plans in jeopardy this summer? 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan joins us with some advice so you can still get away but not blow your budget.

Traveling during the summer can be pricey, but you can score hot deals with careful planning. Mike Orwoll of Travel & Leisure Magazine says, “One of the ways that you can reduce the cost of your airfare is by timing when you purchase your ticket. Generally speaking, the sweet spot is about three to four months before your departure date.

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Another thing you can do to keep your airfare at its lowest is to travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.

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Stay flexible on where you go, and get more bang for your buck. Gabe Saglie of Travelzoo says, “If you have no particular inkling of where to go, let the deals drive you.

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Southwest in the U.S., from Scottsdale, Arizona to Las Vegas has triple-digit temperatures, but that’s where you get to see a lot of these four to five-star mega luxury resorts drop their rates by 50, even 70 percent. Mexico is dealing with an image issue that will keep, I think, a nice cap come the summer months,” said Saglie.

Buying a vacation package may save you money but confirm what’s included. According to Saglie, “A lot of extra taxes and fees sometimes are not in that advertised price. The trick with these vacation packages is knowing exactly what you’re getting and what you’re not getting when you book a vacation package,” he said.

Reported by Jim Donovan, CBS 3

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