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Busy spring break season leaves late planners paying more

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Spring break is just over three weeks away for most schools across West Michigan, and if you're planning to travel to a warmer climate but haven't yet booked your plane tickets, you may be in for some sticker shock.

Spring break is the second week of April this year for most schools, and if you try to book a trip to a warm place -- like the ever-popular Orlando, Florida -- it will cost you, if you can find air fare at all.

We searched Southwest.com and found that you could make it to Orlando from Grand Rapids, but most of the flights back on April 10,11, and 12 were already sold out.

The typical cost of a Florida flight from Grand Rapids is $200 to $400. We checked sites like Kayak and Expedia for a seven-night vacation, and found that flights started around $800 and up. The reason is simply supply and demand.

"Maybe the weather this year and the economic upturn," explain the demand, says Antonia Barczak of Witte Travel. "Things have been picking up the last couple of years."

Barczak says that the best deals during spring break can be had by booking six months in advance, but if you are looking to save now, "I would say flexibility is key," explains Barczak. This means flying out of a different airport, or staying for four days instead of seven. You could avoid Florida altogether.

"We still have Mexico and Caribbean packages that are available," Barczak said.


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