Tips for cheap holiday travel (flight edition) | The Frugalista

Tips for cheap holiday travel (flight edition)

by frugalista on October 28, 2008

Mama McNeal put down her foot this year. I have to go home for Thanksgiving. My mother lives in Chicago. I do not. Determined to find an affordable flight, despite the increase in fares, I think I did ok with a roundtrip, non-stop ticket for $219 (taxes included.)

Here are some of my tips for affordable travel:

1) Buy now! There’s no sense in waiting to purchase your holiday tickets. I doubt the prices get better and there will be less flights to choose from. Give yourself some options.

2) Fly on the day of the holiday ! Last year, I flew home to Chicago on the day of Thanksgiving. I loved it! The airport wasn’t crowded, people were cheerful and my flight was super cheap. Make sure to get an early (think before 6 a.m.) flight that day so that you don’t miss the festivities.

3) Pack light! Over the last year, several airlines such as American and Continental instituted fees for checking your luggage. Don’t fall prey. Only one carry on. Your wallet will thank you.

What are some ways that you save money on your holiday travel? Are you traveling this season?

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