Travelzoo®, the global travel deals publisher, in the Travelzoo Wow Deal Destinations for 2017 list has unveiled the top six (6) destinations where Americans will find the strongest deals in 2017.
This Travelzoo Wow Deal Destinations for 2017 list is calling my name as you know our family loves and lives for travel deals. To curate this list that is now in its eighth year, Travelzoo® deal experts reviewed currency fluctuations, flight routes, hotel inventory and other travel data.
“As we unveil our Wow Deal Destinations for 2017, we predict three trends that will influence travel deals next year,” says Michael Stitt, Travelzoo’s President, North America. “Increased choice for flights to New Zealand will likely spur air sales. A strong U.S. dollar will make destinations including Peru, Paris and the United Kingdom more affordable than ever for Americans. And hotel openings, particularly in D.C. and on Florida’s Gulf Coast, will result in increased supply and more hotel deals.”
The Travelzoo Wow Deal Destinations for 2017 are:
Florida’s Gulf Coast
This year, seven new hotels opened in the Clearwater area, including the luxury Opal Sands Resort. A new Wyndham Grand Resort on Clearwater Beach is among several upscale brands opening their doors in 2017. Budget airline, Allegiant flies into St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport from 20 U.S. cities, and nearby Tampa airport is serviced by most major U.S. carriers, resulting in heavy competition and frequent airfare sales to the region.
There was an insane deal to New Zealand leaving from the West Coast, but if Travelzoo’s predictions are correct, we will see better deals. I am crossing my fingers, as New Zealand is one of the destinations on our bucket list.
Travelzoo suggests that flights to New Zealand from the U.S. should be around $1,299 per person in 2017 due to an increase in airline seats from providers like American Airlines, United Airlines and Air New Zealand that are introducing direct flights from the U.S. Travelzoo deal experts also recommend the Air New Zealand Explorer Pass, which allows for stops in several cities, making it a more cost-effective way to see the country from North Island to South Island.
All of 2016 we have seen flights to Paris under $500 from many U.S. cities. I’m wondering how much lower can the flights get.
The French department of tourism reports a 1.8 million* drop in the number of visitors to Paris for the first 10 months of 2016 compared to 2015. If this trend continues, it will put pressure on Parisian hotel rates. At the same time, a favorable exchange rate and sharp increase in low-cost flight options mean Americans can experience the French capital for the lowest price in recent years. A new high-speed rail link opening between Paris and Bordeaux in summer 2017 will make day trips to the famous wine region more affordable and convenient than ever.
Peru is another destination on the Beauty and the Bump bucket list. 2017 seems like a promising year to make crossing it off as ‘done’ happen. There are now seven airlines flying nonstop from the United States to Lima, creating more intense competition than ever. The dollar is at a 10-year high against the Peruvian sol. Recently, the Peruvian government started limiting the number of visitors to Macchu Pichu, so those interested in visiting should do so soon. Travelzoo has seen a recent trend of East Coast travelers visiting Machu Picchu in a weekend, as Peru is in the Eastern Time Zone and a relatively easy overnight flight away. I hear a weekend getaway to Peru in the future.
At least one of the Travelzoo Wow Deal Destinations for 2017 are booked for the Beauty and the Bump Crew. In April 2017, we are heading to London. This is the birthplace of the husband. We are excited to visit!
It is no secret that since BREXIT in June 2016, the British pound hit a 31-year low. A weak pound coupled with a drop in airfares will likely make 2017 the most affordable time to visit the U.K. We couldn’t visit at a better time. According to Travelzoo deal experts, a luxury 5-star hotel in Central London now costs 24 percent less than it did two years ago. They are also seeing increasingly aggressive deals available to U.S. travelers, including a recent 4-star London vacation with direct flights from $599. Our flight was less than that so keep your eyes out for the deals.
Washington, D.C. is one of our favorite day or weekend trip destinations due to the large number of free attractions, including some of the best free museums in the world, like the newly opened National Museum of African-American History & Culture on the National Mall, which we’ve visited this past October. Fourteen (14) new hotels opened this year and 16 are opening in 2017, which will increase supply and likely drive down room rates. That’s news to our ears because sometimes we do not like driving back to New York after a long day of sightseeing and dining out in the DMV. Weekends are the time to find the best hotel deals, when business travelers leave town; August is the prime time for deals, as Congress is in recess.
For more information on the Travel Zoo Wow Deal Destinations for 2017, visit the Travelzoo blog at http://www.travelzoo.com/blog/2017wow
Which of these Travelzoo Wow Deal Destinations for 2017 will you visit?
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