Flying at anytime can be stressful for many but flying during the holidays can be especially so.
Let’s shed some light on what can make your holiday Christmas travel flying less expensive and of course, less stressful.
Book in Advance
1.Most airlines will tell you, the earlier you can book your holiday travel flights the better off you will be. The reasons are simple actually, more people flying during a specific period means an increase in ticket sales and thereby, a decrease in the availability of tickets. The general rule of thumb is to book your flight at least 6 weeks in advance and even earlier if possible.
If you don’t have a six-week window, sooner is better than later.
Why Prices are Higher Later
2. It is no surprise that people want the best flights available such as non-stop or shorter layover times during the holiday season. What may surprise you however is that often, by waiting until the last minute during peak travel times to buy your tickets, only the more expensive seats remain available and that’s why they cost more.
3. It seems everyone wants to fly out on a Friday or Saturday and that is understandable but also adds to the cost. Often, by booking your flight mid-week, you can save some money on the cost of your ticket and avoid some of the last minute hustle of weekend travel. Another way to avoid the crowds and save money is to check into alternative airports if any are relatively nearby. Additionally, to save money you can take flights that may require a little longer layover period for connecting flights but allows you to keep more money in your pocket.
Fly Within this Period and Pay the Most
4. Fares rise the most during the final 2 weeks of December. The highest price for airline tickets is generally realized from December 19th through the 26th. If you have to fly then, you will pay the most for tickets. Again, book early if possible.
Beat the Price Increase
5. According to Rick Seany, CEO of FareCompare.com, the last cheap travel period before Christmas ends on December 19th. After that date, prices generally rise about 30% and more for the next two weeks.
While flying is seldom cheap, you can save some money and a lot of holiday angst by being flexible with connecting flights, booking early, and by avoiding peak flying days.