February 28, 2013 2:46 am
But you don't have to be a college student to take part in these savings. This year, travelers departing from major college towns are overwhelmingly choosing Florida for their mid-term getaway; with Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Miami, Tampa and Fort Myers proving to be the most popular destinations for flights between Feb. 23 and March 30, 2013. Las Vegas and two Mexican beach towns, Cabo and Cancun, are also favorite getaway options.
While the cost of airfare to these destinations is up an average of 4.2 percent, compared with the 2012 spring break travel period, savvy travelers can still save money on each of this year's most popular flight routes. Data analysis reveals that travelers can save more than 50 percent on airfare if they change their travel dates by a day or two. For instance, travelers from D.C. can score a roundtrip flight from Washington, D.C., to Fort Lauderdale on March 2-6 for only $171; a 52 percent savings compared to March 2-10 itineraries.
"Moving your preferred travel dates by one or two days is key to securing low-cost fares," said Warren Chang, vice president and general manager, Fly.com. "Airfares can change from one day to the next, but we have found that consumers can save hundreds of dollars when they pick the right day to travel."
Other popular spring break destinations include Honolulu and San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Francisco and Los Angeles also rank highly with those flying from the East Coast. New Orleans is a favorite with travelers flying from Philadelphia, Detroit and New York.
Published with permission from RISMedia.