There's a dark side to cheaper flights and road trips, if you're hoping for a bargain summer vacation. Your hotel bill may more than offset the savings.
AAA expects more than 38 million Americans will travel over Memorial Day weekend, a figure it says is the second-highest volume on record and the most since 2005. It's no wonder: Lower oil prices have created some bright spots for summer travelers.
Airfare is down 12 percent year over year, according to a recent report from Hopper.com, with summer fares expected to be the lowest in seven years. Gas prices — currently at $2.28 a gallon, per AAA — could be at an 11-year low for drivers over Memorial Day weekend.