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CheapTickets.com Money-Saving Tips

The whirlwind of summer travel is fast approaching, and in a wavering economy, vacationers must be savvy about their spending. But with a bit of creativity, four travelers, identified during CheapTickets.com's Show Us Your Cheap contest, show that the travel experience need not be undermined by a tightened pocketbook.

CheapTickets offers these suggestions for the best travel practices:

  • Stop struggling to find the best deal to a specific place during the peak season. Instead, find the best deal you can, and get going: For Karen Huurman, this flexibility was the key to a warm-weather retreat during New York City's winter chill. As a result, she and her family celebrated their savings in Key Largo, Florida exploring the area's coral reefs.
  • Consider accommodations with a kitchen to avoid dining out for every meal: This money-saving tactic allowed Carol Amerson of Southern California and her husband to enjoy their passion for eco-adventure,
    zip-lining through Kauai's treetops and exploring Maui's deep coastal waters aboard a submarine.
  • In Europe, book an unlimited train pass and choose overnight trips between countries to avoid hotel costs: During a whirlwind visit to Europe for the World Cup, this strategy allowed San Diego, California's Steve Presser to travel for a glorious four weeks, avoiding a financial cut on his vacation time.
  • Rent a van rather than fly, and consider a packed lunch during road trips: Feeding a family of six, this proved especially important for Mary Ann Whipple and her husband. Their budget-smart adventures
    included a family road trip from upstate New York to Georgia's Jekyll Island for a New Year's celebration spent on the beach.

"The response to Show Us Your Cheap has been a testament to the pride our customers have in getting the best deals when they travel," said Tom Russell, Group VP of Brand Marketing for CheapTickets. "It showed the passion that travel can ignite -- and the sense of victory people feel when they've saved money all while enjoying a wonderful vacation."

About CheapTickets

Cheap Tickets is a leading seller of discounted leisure travel products online through its Web site. CheapTickets provides consumers access to its collection of airfares on hundreds of airlines. In addition to cheap flights, CheapTickets' family of discounted travel products also includes cheap hotels, cheap cruises, cheap rental cars, cheap vacation packages, condo rentals and Last Minute Trips.

Founded in 1986, CheapTickets is a brand that is owned and operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) . OWW also owns and operates Orbitz , ebookers, HotelClub, RatesToGo and the Away Network.

Source: CheapTickets.com
CHICAGO, May 5, 2008 /PRNewswire/ --

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