Deal of the Week: Family Bargains (12/14/2001)
Deal of the Week 12/14
Diana: We've been talking about different generations traveling together today, so I've asked Rudy Maxa, our travel expert-in-residence, if he has any intergenerational travel deals for us. And you know Rudy - he never disappoints. Hi, Rudy.
Rudy: Hi, Diana.
Diana: Now, Rudy, sometimes you need to get away by yourself, but mostly, traveling with a friend or family member makes life on the road more fun, don't you think?
Rudy: I couldn't agree more. And some airlines and hotels encourage that togetherness by offering an extra incentive to you to bring someone along.
Diana: Give us some examples.
Rudy: Well, if you're planning a trip with the kids before the end of the year, the Omni Hotels group will give you a second room free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Diana: Not bad. Now, you've traveled quite a bit with your kids, haven't you? You biked through Turkey with your son this summer, as I recall.
Rudy: It was a great trip. We booked it through Backroads, out of Berkeley, California. They just came out with a new catalogue of 2002 family adventures. Some of these trips even have "kid coordinators" who plan special activities for very young kids. Kids traveling with parents get big price breaks: 75 percent off for kids under two, 40 percent off for kids 3 to 6, and so on.
Diana: What about airfares?
Rudy: Major airlines often have special sales. Right now, for example, Northwest has a "Family & Friends" offer that gives you 35 percent of advance-purchase fares when you travel with a family member or friend.
Diana: How far in advance do you have to buy those tickets?
Rudy: 14 days. You have to stay over a Saturday night and cannot travel on Sunday. Now, if you'd like to go somewhere warm over the holidays, a family vacation specialist called Vacation Kids will send you to Mexico on the cheap.
Here's the deal: You depart from the East Coast just before New Year's. Adults spend a week at Cancun's Blue Bay Club for just $800 each. Kids 11 and under pay just $500. But get this - those prices include lodging, all meals, almost all leisure activities and airfare - though airfare varies depending on your departure city.
Diana: Now that's what I call "family values." Great deals, Rudy. Thanks a bunch. Like I said, you never disappoint. See you next week?
Rudy: See you then, Diana.
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