Get more for your money this holiday season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Memorial Day weekend is just weeks away, kicking off what is expected to be a very busy travel season this summer.

If you are planning a summer vacation this year, you may be able to get more for your money.

Many people dream of a beach vacation. Clay Ingram with AAA Alabama says it’s by far the most popular summer destination.

If you’ve tried to book a Gulf Coast vacation in recent summers, Ingram says prices were about three times higher. Instead of paying $150 a night for a hotel, you might end up spending $450 to $500 a night.

He recommends thinking about alternative trips or destinations, like a cruise or even an island resort.

Ingram says he and his wife worked with a AAA travel agent last year and ended up taking a bigger trip while saving money.

“We could get on a plane and fly to the Virgin Islands of St. Croix and stay at a Renaissance hotel for seven nights and fly back, and have a rental car, for less money than we could go somewhere on the Gulf Coast for five nights,” Ingram said.

Ingram says few people think getting on a plane and flying to a new destination would be cheaper, but these days it’s something to think about.

They have plenty of travel deals right now, so head over to their website to check them out.

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