(WTOL) - As more people resolve to save money this year, the travel industry is pulling out all the stops to get you to spend money.
Some industry analysts are now declaring 2009 a "travelers market." If you're looking to skip town for pennies on the dollar, this is the year to do it.
In a national survey, 90.5% of travel agencies say customers are cutting back on travel. The industry is working to reverse the trend, granting deals on everything from cruises, hotels, even rental cars.
"I just went in and checked the air availability for Puerto Vallarta Mexico... and prices are really good: $331.44, "says Sarah Rosenberger with Central Travel." She adds, "Two years ago, this would have been a lot higher. We would have said $500 is a good deal."
Rosenberger has been a travel agent for ten years and says there's been a significant change recently. "We have seen the air really start to come down, which is a really good thing."
She says the resorts are the main cost right now and even those are starting to decrease their rates. "We have noticed in the last 2 or 3 weeks that the prices have started to come down."
Traveler Janice Harmon says, "I noticed from when I first priced it, the airline prices did go down. Originally I was quoted like $430, and now it's about $100 less."
So if you see the price you like, go ahead and book it. Buy insurance with "price protection" while you're at it.
Price protection allows you to get a refund for the price of your trip if it drops. That way, you don't lose money as prices continue to fall.