Going for the travel deal of the century — CURT YEOMANS

Who doesn’t like a deal?

Who hasn’t waited outside a store for hours to take advantage of a deal?

Who wouldn’t give up an arm and a leg for a deal?

OK, maybe the last question was a bit extreme but the reality is everyone loves a deal. The bigger the deal, the happier we are.

And when we get a deal that allows us to go on a vacation of our dreams? Well that’s just the icing on the cake. We’ll do the happy dance over a travel deal.

But where can you find a deal on travel?

Well, that’s simple. Travel deals abound everywhere.

Airlines often offer special deals on their web sites, but many of the deals offered on them this week required travel reservations to be made by Thursday. Considering this column is published on Friday, mentioning the deals offered by the airlines would be pointless.

Those web sites are still worth looking at on a regular basis to find a great deal.

However, there are plenty of other travel web sites who always have travel deals going on.

Hotels.com has several Memorial Day deals for 10 cities.

Actually, Hotels.com always has deals going on so it is a good place to start looking. At least you’ll be able to save a few bucks on the place you lay your head at every night.

Memorial Day starting prices are Oklahoma City for $39 per night, Kansas City for $55, St. Louis for $64, Houston for $65, Denver for $67, New Orleans for $71, Austin for $87, Dallas for $97, Chicago for $99 and San Antonio for $103.

Kayak.com has a great section that compiles travel deals from various web sites. That helps travelers get the best rate possible on everything from rental cars to hotels.

For example, you can find a deal that will let you rent from major car rental agencies for as little as $7 per day. You could also access a 99-hour sale for trips to Cancun, which included a $64 per night savings on a four-star beach front resort that is connected to an eco-archeological park. The special per night rate for the resort, called the Occidental Grand Xcaret, was $93.

Travel isn’t entirely out of everyone’s reach. A nice vacation can be had if travelers know where to look. It might take some time, but it can be worth the effort when you get half-off on a luxury hotel room.

Look at it this way. At least you won’t have to wait outside in the cold on Thanksgiving to get a decent price.

Curt Yeomans is a senior reporter for the Clayton News Daily and an avid traveler. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, via Email at cyeomans@news-daily.com or on Twitter at @CYeomansCND.