Book your airline tickets! Travel is cheaper for now, but it may rise in 2010


If you're feeling like a character in a Southwest Airlines commercial -- that is, you "wanna get away" -- take heart: Travel expenses will drop this month and stay low into early 2010. It won't stay that way for long, though. By the end of 2010, it'll cost more to fly to your destination -- but on the plus side, it will be cheaper to stay there once you arrive.

"Considering airfare, hotel and ground transportation, we expect the average domestic business trip to increase 1.2 percent, or $13, to a total of $1,080," American Express Business Travel VP–general manager Hervé Sedky said in a statement about its 2010 travel forecast. Additional fees could increase the cost of any trip by as much as 15 percent, Sedky said.