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Tips for cheap holiday travel (flight edition)

by frugalista on October 28, 2008

kululaflight Tips for cheap holiday travel (flight edition)
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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savvy October 28, 2008 at 9:15 am

We travel to see hubby’s parents every year for the holidays. We buy our tickets early and use companion tickets to help defray the costs. In addition, we look for opportunities to get bumped. I’ll take a free ticket in exchange for spending a few hours in the airport.

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Coco October 28, 2008 at 9:54 am

I always travel on the holiday too. It generally cheaper to travel when everyone else is not. Unfortunately this year I have to return on Sunday ($$$!)because of work, but it was a little cheaper to take a 6am flight.

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JustWondering October 29, 2008 at 9:57 am

I think that buying tickets early is always the best bet when planning for holidays! That 6am flight must be hard to wake up for but better early then miss the Turkey lol

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Tiffany October 30, 2008 at 12:03 am

I’m mad that I bought a ticket to go to ATL for $86 each way plus tax and fees on Airtran. Two weeks later they had a sale offering the same flights for $79 each way plus tax and fees. Only a difference of $14 but still I was pissed. So even the airlines are behaving normally. Who offers cheaper flights as you get closer to the dates of travel?

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