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PIT Offers Spring Break Vacation Planning Tips


  • Attn: Spring Breakers and Easter Vacationers: Start Planning Your Trip NOW!

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 14, 2008) – This year’s cold winter is heating up interest in trips to warm locations. The Allegheny County Airport Authority advises that if you are planning a spring vacation you should plan early.

Most U.S. colleges will break during March, but 2008 is a leap year and that means that Easter Vacation will also occur during March this season. Most K-12 schools in the United States schedule their Spring Breaks to coincide with Easter and Passover in order to make "Family Spring Break" vacations possible. The largest crowds will likely be found during the week prior to Easter (March 16-23) when most college students AND families with kids take to the skies.

In addition, others will be traveling for St. Patrick’s Day, NCAA March Madness and MLB’s Spring Training Games.

This means that most people going on a Spring Break vacation will be going during March and you need to think about making your reservations earlier. If you are planning to book your own air travel, you should start thinking about buying your tickets now.

Travel industry experts such as report that large crowds mean high demand and high demand along with higher fuel costs is translating into higher airfares to the top most popular spring destinations. Fares are up an average of 11 percent this March compared to March 2007 according to Expedia. When demand falls in April, airfares to these destinations are expected to be up approximately two percent.

Popular destinations showing the smallest year-over-year fare increases in March are Cancun and Ft. Myers. Those showing the largest fare increases in March include Miami, Las Vegas, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority produces the weekly Discount Fares Newsletter that is emailed to more than 35,000 subscribers nationwide. This newsletter provides the best fares from Pittsburgh International Airport along with travel tips on getting the best deals. You can sign up for the newsletter at

“More travelers are beginning and ending their air travel at Pittsburgh International Airport. More new airlines and lower fares are important factors. PIT is among the top US airports with the lowest fares. We want travelers here to fly more and to continue to find great values in air fare,” stated Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director, Allegheny County Airport Authority.

Pittsburgh International Airport offers these planning tips for your spring break vacation:

  • Book spring trips now to get the flight times, routings and hotel accommodations you really want.
  • To get the best spring travel deals, avoid travel in March when airfares to the 10 most popular destinations are running 11 percent higher than last year.
  • Consider travel in April when fares to these same places look to be approximately two percent higher over last year and actually show declines for flights to sunny favorites like Maui and Cancun.
  • Try to fly Sunday-Wednesday when flights should be less crowded. The busiest travel days during the spring break period are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays according to Expedia data.
  • If you are seeking lower prices and have flexible travel dates, the April 15 - May 30 “shoulder season” is a great time to go. The crowds should dwindle, prices are likely to soften and the weather should be even warmer.


Feb 13, 2008