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6 Tips For Finding Cheap AirFare During the Holidays

6 Tips For Finding Cheap AirFare During the Holidays

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6 Tips For Finding Cheap AirFare During the Holidays

I love the holidays and I especially love to travel, but the thought of flying anywhere around the holidays makes me crazy. The airlines know that people want to go home, so guess what? Of course, they raise the prices.  You don’t have to pay full price for a holiday flight. I have a few tips to help you find cheaper flights during the holidays: 

Buy Early

If you are a planner like me, then I suggest buying your ticket early. You are more likely to get a cheap holiday flight when you buy in advance, then when you buy last minute. While this may take a bit planning, it still is ensuring that you pay the cheapest price for a ticket.

Check out CheapAir

This website is new to me, but looks promising.  CheapAir tells you when the best days are for buying airplane tickets. It’s full of tips and tickets. You can search for flights, hotels, and even cars. It even has a part of the website that tells you what the average ticket is for that day!

Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates

While I typically do not travel long distance over the holidays, common sense says to be flexible with your travel dates. If you’re stuck with traveling on certain days, you are going to pay a lot more money. This is especially true if you are trying to travel on the weekends. Also, skipping traveling on the actual holidays helps. Try to avoid traveling on actual Thanksgiving or Christmas to avoid paying top dollar for a plane ticket.

Check Various Airports

If you’re willing to travel a bit to get to the airport, then don’t just go with the first one you find. Check the different airports. For example: you may have to travel 2 hours to get to the airport, but it could be a $200 price difference to go this route.

Go Through the Airline Directly

Sure, using other websites for searching for that cheaper price may seem like a good idea, but you may strike a better deal by going to the actual airline’s website. Sometimes the airline throws specials and deals that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Before you hit the “buy” ticket, do your research.

Save Those Airline Miles

My husband flies Delta for work and is a Diamond status this year. Those sky miles really do add up!  However, I prefer flying Southwest Airlines. I find their flights are much more affordable in comparison. They have a wonderful program that is called Southwest Companion’s Pass. My friend over at Eat Make Travel has some great tips on how you can use your points to fly a companion for free! Check it out!

I personally look at all avenues before I buy any holiday airplane tickets. Sometimes the prices go up for no reason. Make sure you try these avenues before clicking BUY this holiday season.

Have you purchased your holiday airfare yet? What tips can you share?



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6 Tips For Finding Cheap AirFare During the Holidays

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18 Comments

  • Thanks for this article! Always looking for ways to save money, especially during the holidays!

    • Sue Spence says:

      thanks for this information 🙂

  • Michelle Bartley says:

    I always use miles on my credit card!

  • Patty says:

    Thanks for the tips

  • Yes, we’ve booked our flight to Mich. on Southwest. We opened up a new Southwest Visa credit card that gave us enough points for our annual trip to Mich. for Christmas to see our family!

  • Leslie says:

    I have learned that yes book through the airline. Not near he fees or hassle if you miss a fight.

  • Cathy Thompson says:

    Thanks for the great info. it always helps to have the knowledge to possibly find some better deals and save a few dollars.

  • Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    These are great tips! Thank you for the article!

  • Kathy says:

    Great tips thank you I will stop do it at the last minute.

  • Cheryl Burns says:

    Thanks for the tips, getting ready to plan a trip in a few weeks

  • Rana Durham says:

    i was looking at the real lat week and they were talking about how expensive flights can be in holiday season. i am so glad that you made this article. we def can use it.

  • Christine Mayfield says:

    These are great tips! My sisters are coming to visit us from Hawaii, and they flew into an airport that is 3 hrs away from our current base. I told them they could only do this if it was going to save them a ton of money :).

  • Natalie G. says:

    Great tips. I need to know this since I live so far from family.

  • Patti Langston says:

    Great tips!! Thanks for the information.

  • Heather S says:

    Super helpful post! I use miles on my card whenever I fly.

  • Leigh Anne Borders says:

    Great tips! We hope to try to get out to Texas to see my sister. This will come in handy!

  • Karen Propes says:

    Great, these are good tips to let me know how to handle my flights this holiday and other times also. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bobbie Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing your great tips! Airfare can definitely be outrageous, and we are planning to take a trip soon, so your tips will come in handy!

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