Travel Deal Opportunities in the Face of Swine Flu?

I’ve enjoyed some of my very best trips during a locale’s ‘off-season’. At a minimum, shoulder season is desirable. Prices are lower, and key to my enjoyment is not to be surrounded by hordes of people.

Upgrade: Travel Better takes this to what some might argue is its logical extreme, suggesting booking travel to Mexico.

Of course, as he points out, many deals can be had well off into the future given current light bookings — so a gambling traveler might well score an historic opportunity booking forward to early 2010. And far from taking advantage of suffering, it could just as well be seen as pouring money into a local ecnomy otherwise-starved of tourist dollars on which it depends.

What do you think?  Moral, opportunity, foolhardy, improper?

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. This offer appears targeted with the link you provided. Is there another link?

  2. I get a different offer, its only 20k + 2,500 per card member I add. no mention of the two passes. I do have the NW Credit card.

  3. I have been repeatedly refused the 30,000 miles (received only the 20,000) on the previous offer, so to say I am skeptical would be an understatment…

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