9 Ways to Take Advantage of September Travel Deals



If the Labor Day weekend is prompting you to think of squeezing a bit more summer vacation time into your schedule, there is still time to take action – in September, say the folks at Victory State Bank.


As Staten Island’s only community-based business bank, the financial institution emphasizes the importance of consumers saving and spending responsibly. This is why the bank suggests people consider cutting their travel expenses by taking advantage of September’s reduced prices.


Sounds tempting? Deal Experts at Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company, has released their top nine recommendations for travelers to take advantage of September deals and save up to 60 percent on destinations like Europe, Hawaii, Myrtle Beach and Orlando.


Travelzoo shares these tips:


 1)      Hop a Flight: In summer, airlines raise prices in July and August due to increased demand. But come fall, the sharp decline in leisure travel forces airlines to drop fares to fill seats. Travelers can expect to pay 25 percent-50 percent less on fall flights compared with peak summer dates.

2)      Hit the Beach: Shoulder season – the period between peak summer season and the winter offseason – is the perfect time to visit beach towns like Cape Cod, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach and the Outer Banks. The crowds are fewer, the weather is still warm and the deals are better. For example, travelers can save up to 60 percent on Myrtle Beach hotels in September and October.

3)      Check out Orlando: What happens when a destination's target clientele is stuck in school? Deals – and lots of them. With kids back in school across the country, September is one of the only times travelers can find the rare Disney deal. Orlando hotels offer deals up to 65 percent off regular rates plus free extras to entice travelers.

4)      Say Aloha to Hawaii: Similar to Orlando, Hawaii also sees a drop in demand from Labor Day to Christmas, resulting in better deals on flights and hotels. United Airlines just launched a fall sale to Hawaii with fares starting at $273 each way – a savings of 27 percent on regular fares.

5)      Cast Off to the Caribbean: If Hawaii is a bit of a haul, look to the Caribbean for savings. Hurricane season coupled with less demand results in 50 percent savings for September travel. Travelzoo Tip: Purchase travel insurance just in case Mother Nature throws a curveball on your travel dates.

6)      Climb Every Mountain: If you're ready to ditch the sun and embrace fall, resorts in Colorado, New Hampshire, Utah and Vermontoffer peak fall foliage sightseeing at non-peak prices. Travelers can stay at a "World's Best Resort" in New Hampshire including a 3-course dinner for two for $179 per night – a 55 percent savings.

7)      Hop the Pond:  While the cheapest time to sightsee through Europe is winter, the best time to hop the pond is September. Shoulder season offers affordable flights, comfortable weather, fewer tourist crowds and strong deals for popular destinations like London, Paris and Rome. And if next month is a little too spontaneous for a European vacation – start planning for 2016 as Travelzoo Deal Experts predict the same seasonal trend.

8)      Cross over to Canada: A weaker dollar plus lower demand makes Canada a perfect place for a budget-friendly getaway. Popular summer destinations like Niagara Falls, Mont Tremblant, Ontario cottage country, Whistler and Prince Edward Island offer savings up to 45 percent on fall travel.

9)      Avoid Big Cities: While many places offer big savings for September, big cities do not. As business and convention travel picks up after the summer lull, cities such as Chicago, New York and San Francisco see a spike in occupancy rates. Travelers can expect to see rooms go for $300 to $400 per night, compared to lower summer prices that were closer to $200.



About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.


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