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Congrats, you survived the holidays. Now it’s time for a real vacation, and here’s the good news: The first few weeks after the New Year are a great time to snag some killer travel deals, says travel deals expert Johnny Jet.

“Not only is it cheaper, but all the resorts are going to be empty — you won’t have to fight for a beach or restaurant chair,” says Johnny Jet. (The other good window for travel deals is the week after Thanksgiving, he adds). “Everyone is offering huge discounts,” says Jet, whose site offers up-to-the-minute listings of post-New Year’s travel deals.
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Travel's Best Travel Deals 2013

Our experts weigh in: We’ve rounded up top tips from industry experts like Frugal Travel Guy, Johnny Jet, Nomadic Matt and The Points Guy!

When it comes to travel, we know what you’re thinking — in fact, if search results are any indication, you’ve got trip planning through 2014 on your mind. And chances are you’re eager to save big bucks on that dream vacation you’re still figuring out how you’ll take. For serious, practical help, look no further than our incredible lineup of Travel’s Best Travel Deals 2013 … and yes, these tips are so good, they’ll see you through 2014 vacation planning.

Seriously, we’re not just blowing smoke up your suitcase.

What makes this list so good? For starters, each selection comes hand-picked by a leading travel expert — like Frugal Travel Guy Rick Ingersoll (you may recall Rick in this Today Show segment); The Points Guy Brian Kelly, who scored 500,000 frequent flyer miles a few years ago without even flying that year; John E. DiScala, whose site, JohnnyJet.com, has been named “one of the best money-saving websites for travel” by Budget Travel magazine; and Nomadic Matt Matthew Kepnes, who’s mastered the art of traveling the world on $50 a day. They’re part of our hardcore budget-savvy, points-accruing panel of advisors.

Once you’ve seen these travel experts’ top picks for the best travel deals, don’t stop there – check out our in-depth discussion with 2 of these leading experts: The Points Guy’s top tips for earning travel points, shared exclusively with TravelChannel.com’s readers; and Frugal Travel Guy’s step-by-step guide to snagging travel deals (Hint: start paying attention to sites like BiddingforTravel.com).

Now that you’ve got the tools to earn miles, points and cheap vacation tickets, start your 2014 holiday trip planning now!

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This Week in Photos, Washington Monument Lit

A plane crash, peak US customs wait times, and phony phone cards? It wasn’t all doom and gloom for our favorite travel bloggers this week, well, at least not for Johnny Jet.

Skift has the 13 longest wait times at US customs. In May 2013, the average daily wait time at JFK Terminal 4 skyrocketed to 93 minutes, a 35% increase year over year.

After the Asiana Airlines evacuation in San Francisco this week, you may be wondering how to survive a plane crash. The Daily Traveler shares 10 ways fliers can improve the odds.

Johnny Jet provides 12 reasons to take a scenic river cruise in Europe — like you need more than one. Find out how he started the massively popular travel site in our inaugural Our Type of Traveler feature.

Is your phone card phony? Elliot has 5 ways to tell. The Federal Trade Commission recently discovered some cards only offer 40% of the call minutes customers thought they were paying for — in other words, your pre-paid “hour” could turn out to be a measly 36 minutes.

Nomadic Matt found out the hard way that 3 days is not enough time to see some cities, but he also learned what to do when that’s all the time you have.

Want even more travel highlights from this week? Check out our This Week in Photos slideshow!

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