Take Offs: You're in Y2K Luck

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Remember when the buzz was that unless you had booked your trip back in 1998, you wouldn't be able to celebrate New Year's 2000 in style? Hah! For once the early birds did not catch the juiciest worms. Because of Y2K concerns, many people have simply decided not to travel around New Year's Day, which means there is still availability in ski country. Take the Park City area in Utah, for example. The week that spans New Year's is usually the ski season's busiest. But with Y2K looming large on skiers' minds, year-to-date bookings for that week were down more than 20 percent as of October. Dirk Beal, Deer Valley's director of sales, says, "We're down double-digits in December, and we're up double digits every other month of the ski season, so it's a pretty significant reversal. Some of it probably has to do with competition with other destinations, such as the New Yorks and the Vegases. And a lot of people were under restrictive vacation policies at work because they needed to be near the front line when the first of the year ticked around." The resort's loss is your gain, explains Beal: "Most of the airlines we work with have reduced their premiums, and we've had several lodging companies reduce their minimum-night stays. We've even had a condo company go down to a five-night minimum during New Year's week, which is unprecedented here." Translation: You hold the bargaining chips. Check out this deal: From Dec. 18 to Jan. 1, book a one-bedroom condo¿with a full kitchen, jetted tub and fireplace¿just blocks from Deer Valley's slopes for $299 per night plus tax.

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Travel Hit
More than half of family travelers don't plan more than a month ahead for a vacation, and 20 percent plan just a week ahead. Source: Travel Industry Association