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Old 07-21-2014, 04:50 PM
 
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I have heard that waiting past September runs the risk of skyrocketing prices and/or flights being completely booked. Since I have never before traveled during the holiday season, what are some tips for relatively cheap and painless holiday travel?
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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How much flexibility do you have? If you can manage to fly out on Christmas Day morning and come back on New Year's morning, you can get a moderate discount on usual holiday rates, and a much less crowded airport scenario.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:41 PM
 
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I don't have much advice other than to utilize a site like Hipmunk where you can set up fare alerts for the desired dates of travel, and then watch the fares.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:56 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I would say NOW
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:26 PM
 
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I would say NOW
Based on...? What exactly?
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:58 PM
 
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Over the years, I have booked ski trips nearly every year for more than the past decade over this time.

I have found the best time is late August/Early-Mid September.

Usually Mondays or Tuesdays late at night, from 9-11pm.
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Southern, NJ
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I usually book 6 mos. out for any of our trips. It is not too early now to book for Christmas, the prices will only go up the closer you get.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:26 PM
 
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It is hit or miss as to when is the best time to get the lowest fares. Where you are flying from/to can make a difference. Christmas time is a peak time for flying. Chances are good prices will start to rise as it gets closer to Christmas. If you are certain you will be taking the trip you might want to look at buying tickets sometime during the next couple of months. Keep in mind if your plans change, the ticket change fees will probably more than exceed what you might have saved by buying early.

As to painless travel at Christmas time...Good luck on that. The weekend before, all of the college kids are flying home. Flights will be packed. The day before Christmas everyone will be trying to fly home at the last minute. It use to be Christmas day the flights would be empty. I have flown Christmas day several times and the last few years the flights were packed. Given penalties the government now imposes on airlines if passengers have to sit on a plane waiting for a gate, airlines now simple cancel flights at the first sign of bad weather. It could be several days before you find seats on another flight.

If it were me traveling at Christmas time I would consider doing the following. If time is not a factor I would start my travel on Wed or Thur of the week before Christmas week. If time was an issue, since Christmas is on a Thur this year, I would try to book a flight either on Mon or Tue. If I did not actually have plans for Christmas day, I would consider traveling the day after Christmas. If I have to connect to another flight I would books flights so that I have at least 2 hours between flights.
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:30 AM
 
Location: WINTERpeg
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His 17 year old brain.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:36 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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For flying at Christmas, you worry more about getting the days that you want and less about getting a bargain. Airlines don't have to reduce prices during that time period. All seats can be sold for full price and there won't be any empty seats.
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