Thursday, May 22, 2008

Travel Deals, Discounts and Bargains

Gas prices rising. Airlines charging you to take a suitcase. Simply, travel is more expensive than last year. But some family attractions are reducing their prices.

Here's where to save green travel dollars this summer. Okay, okay -- these might not be the kind of environmental, eco-friendly, tree-hugger destinations you usually find here. Today, I'm writing about the broader category of saving the green in your wallet.

Six Flags Over Georgia is reducing its main gate regular admission price by $10 for the remainder of the 2008 season. That means ten roller coasters, including Goliath and the Mind Bender, water rides including thunder River and Splashwater Falls, a children's area with Thomas the Tank Engine, and a full schedule of free concerts. Even with the $10 discount, you're still paying $39.99 per adult, $29.99 per kid.

  • super discount deal -- buy tickets online for $29.99 per person, adult or kid, print them out, and go straight to the gate, no waiting on the ticket line.

Madam Tussauds Washington D.C. is dropping prices for seniors, children ages 12 and under, and for residents of Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia (you'll have to show proof of residency, like a driver's license, to get the discount for locals). Okay -- each ticket discount is it's just $3 or $4, but that's the price of one gallon of gas.

  • Be sure to bring your camera. It's hokey, but everybody does it -- have your picture taken next to lifesize and lifelike images of famous names including President John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, George Clooney, Beyonce, Senators Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, even Pope Benedict XVI, who visited D.C. in April.

Green travels sometimes just means saving gas and saving money.