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It’s Time to Buy Holiday Season Plane Tickets
Holiday season may seem like weeks away, but if you’re planning to get our of town, now is the time to buy those tickets. Paying for holiday travel this year may not put many travelers in a holiday mood. Several airfare watchers are warning that tickets for Thanksgiving and Christmas travel will be pricier than last year.
The reason — the strong demand from this summer is expected to carry into the peak holiday periods.
The golden rule of booking flights for the holidays is to book early. If you see a good deal, pounce on it. For Thanksgiving, now is the time to lock in that low airfare.
And for Christmas travel, experts recommend booking by early October.
Don’t limit yourself to major airports — you may find that secondary airports are cheaper to fly to than the larger, international ones.
If you’re not going home for the holidays, be flexible with your destinations.
Travelers should also watch out for peak holiday surcharges that came into effect last year. Many major airlines add the extra charge for traveling on specific days that include the Sunday after Thanksgiving and the days clustered around Christmas.
Flights within the U.S. for Nov. 20 to Nov. 30, which includes Thanksgiving, will cost about $384. That’s up 10 percent from last Thanksgiving.
Fares during peak travel days will be about 50 percent higher than the cheapest tickets offered during recent fare sales.