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Friday, October 24, 2008

Holiday Travel Savings

If you want to spend the holidays with your family no matter how far away they are, you need to consider that in this day and age with the economy in such a sad state, this could be a very expensive year for holiday traveling. There are ways to save money on holiday travel, and while some of the saving might seem inconsequential, every little bit counts.

Book Early

To make sure you get the best price for holiday airfares book as early as possible. The outlook is bleak for holiday bargains this year, so if you haven't already booked your tickets for the holidays you should definitely do so now.

Be Flexible

If at all possible schedule your travel around the busiest holiday travel days. The most expensive days for example for Thanksgiving are the Wednesday before and the Sunday after, if you can schedule your flight for Tuesday and return on Monday you will be able to save. Unfortunately not everyone can be this flexible due to children, and work responsibilities. While it is not a great way to spend the actual holiday there are many cheaper fares on Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

Check Flight Status

With capacity cuts your flight plans could change a great deal from the time you book to when you actually board your flight. Make sure to check back regularly to make sure the flight didn't get overbooked or connection plans changed. Always make sure your airline has up to date contact information as they will usually contact you to let you know if there is a change in the status of your flight.

Plan Ahead

If you have a connecting flight, make sure that your schedule allows enough time between flights for baggage transfer and for you to find the next gate. If you miss a flight you can end up paying exorbitant prices to catch a later flight.

Avoid Delay Prone Airports.

While planning your flight try to avoid making a connecting flight stop at airports that are know to experience a lot of delays. For example New York airports in the winter tend to have many delayed flights due to weather. The delay can cause you to miss a connecting flight.


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Source: Gwyneth Canela at associatedcontent.com

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