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Weak Economy Coaxing Passengers With Great Deals

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KENNEWICK, Wash - Many people in this weak economy have given up on travel.  
But,  if you have saved a little for a vacation... Now just might be the time to get the most for your buck.

Travel agents say the weak market has brought some of the lowest vacation prices ever, to coax customers back.

"These are extreme deals that people should be aware of and should be taking advantage of." Says Travel Jim Strong.

Travel agents say one way.. Coast to coast fares from under 100 dollars are available, and cruises are cheap too. A week to Alaska from 499.. All meals included.

"And it is a very nice opportunity to travel to Italy, to travel to Europe, to travel the world this summer." He says.

"Less is definitely better, especially since I usually travel with my son, so I have to buy two plane tickets instead of one." Explains passenger Amos Bennett.

But low airfares also now carry fees for extras, like checked baggage.

 Trip Advisor Dot Com has a new feature that includes fees in price comparisons. A 272 dollar New York trip with bags and food jumps to 352.

"Last time I traveled it was like 50 dollars for two extra bags." Said another passenger.

Even so, experts say the deals are big.