June And August Will Be The Most Affordable Months For Summer 2013 Air Travel,
NORWALK, Conn., April 24, 2013
NORWALK, Conn., April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN)
said today that June and August will be the most affordable months for
domestic air travel this summer. Travelers planning international trips will
find their best fares in August. The data is based on a 30-day sampling of
published-price summer airline tickets booked through priceline.com.
The average domestic airfare for June travel is $375, which is 1.4% higher
than a year ago. August's average domestic airfare is $377, or 1.5% above
last year. July flyers will pay about the same as last year, with an average
domestic airfare of $388.
For international flights originating in the U.S., the average airfare for
August is $883, which is 1.8% higher than last year. The average
international airfare for July is $929, or 3.9% above last year. And the
average international airfare for June is $971, or 4.3% higher than last year.
"The fact that there hasn't been much upward movement in domestic airfares for
this summer is good news for travelers," said priceline.com's Travel Ekspert
Brian Ek. "Internationally, tourists can keep costs in check by traveling in
August, but they'll have lots of company, as that's when Europeans
traditionally take summer holiday."
Ek also had some additional tips to help summer travelers find cheaper airfare
and keep travel costs down after the airfare is booked:
oDon't be afraid to mix things up. If that first search doesn't yield an
affordable fare, try picking a few different dates for potentially better
results. Also, look for early morning or late evening flight times that
tend to be less expensive. Sometimes, flying out on one airline and back
on another will result in a cheaper fare than flying round-trip on a
oTry Name Your Own Price®. Even for the peak summer season, priceline.com
has tickets available at savings of up to 50% off published fares. With
Name Your Own Price® tickets, travelers can begin their trips anytime
between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and there may be up to one connection
each way. Visit http://www.priceline.com/flights/ and click on the link
to use the service.
oPack as lightly as possible, then weigh and measure all baggage. Some
airlines charge up to $30 or more for a checked bag and $40 or more for an
overweight/oversize bag – and that's each way. Check your airline's
maximum requirements for checked and carry-on bags to make sure you won't
incur extra fees.
oNeed a rental car? Bundle it into your airfare. Priceline.com's airline
ticketing service lets passengers add a rental car to their trip, often at
savings of up to 40% over published rental car rates. Watch for the
special rental car offers when booking your airfare. Or book a car
separately at http://www.priceline.com/rentalcars/.
oUse Express Deals(sm) for discount hotel rooms. Express Deals is the
no-bid priceline.com hotel service created especially for families and
travelers who need specific amenities along with a pre-negotiated
priceline.com discount of up to 45% over published hotel rates. Customers
can choose hotel deals that guarantee specific amenities, including a
pool, gym, on-site restaurant, free breakfast, free parking, pet friendly,
and even a particular bedding type. After booking at the discounted
price, the name of the specific hotel is revealed. Check
http://www.priceline.com/hotels/ for more details.
About The Priceline Group
The Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel
reservations, with over 295,000 participating hotels and accommodations
worldwide. The Group is composed of four primary brands - Booking.com,
priceline.com, Agoda.com and rentalcars.com - and several ancillary brands.
The Priceline Group provides online travel services in over 190 countries and
territories in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region,
the Middle East and Africa.
Booking.com is the number one online hotel reservation service in the world,
offering over 275,000 hotels and accommodations (as of February 25, 2013), and
is available in 41 languages. More recent counts are available on the
Booking.com website. Priceline.com gives leisure travelers multiple ways to
save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and
cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can
take advantage of priceline.com's famous Name Your Own Price® service, which
can deliver the lowest prices available, or the recently added Express Deals,
where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding.
Agoda.com is an Asia-based online hotel reservation service that is available
in 38 languages. Rentalcars.com is a multinational rental car service,
offering its reservation services in over 6,000 locations. Customer support is
provided in 40 languages.
Contact: For Press Information: Brian Ek, (203) 299-8167,
firstname.lastname@example.org; For Investor Relations: Matthew Tynan, (203) 299-8487,
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