Vacation deprived: How to book late, keep it cheap

POSTED: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 4:20pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 10:49pm

A new study says Americans are vacation deprived. That report comes from Expedia Worldwide.

The online travel agency conducted surveys on that topic and they say the average American gets 14 vacation days a year, but people are not taking advantage of that time off.

Of course the economy has played into that decrease. They report that 22 percent of those surveyed say they have not taken a vacation because they don’t feel they can afford it. Lack of planning was the second most-cited excuse coming in at 20 percent.

Both of those reasons, Expedia says, shouldn’t matter.

Now more than ever the travel industry is working to provide greater deals, even at the last minute.

"The airlines dynamic pricing models and the hotels kind of revenue optimization models are more and more sophisticated,” Scott Durchslag, President of Expedia Worldwide, told NBC33 News. “So instead of it being just the further in advance you do things, the cheaper it is, that's no longer true. In some cases, if you do it too far in advance, you're going to pay a higher price." offers several new features that help find better deals.

The first option is the newest, and could even be considered a great holiday gift. They allow users to purchase a voucher from Groupon. This will allow people to book a good deal, even if you don’t know when or where you plan on going. Again, this is perfect for someone who wants to give the gift of travel for the holiday season.

Second, they’re now offering a “Best of 2011” sale. They’ve selected some of the top locations and the best prices offered throughout 2011 and are now re-offering those options.

Finally, another new feature is a “flash” sale. An amazing deal and offer could pop up on their site for a 12 hour window.

How do you keep up with all these great offers? Twitter, of course.

Also, you can always gain more tips and find great deals on the Expedia website.

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