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Old 02-13-2019, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I usually have a few extra days off between Dec 20 or so through the New Year. Our workplace is closed Christmas Eve and also NY Eve. It's also a pretty slow time with a lot of people off so a great time to take a larger block of time off.

The issue? Well, the absolutely insane price of tickets to go anywhere. So, this year I stayed home...but for 2019 after a crazy amount of searching and messing around with dates etc. I found a fare for $720 for an itinerary that I wanted to do with acceptable dates. The thing is I priced this off peak (late Nov.) and the fare on the same carriers was only $420 so exactly $300 less but at this price point it represents a 100% markup over other periods. I can't make up my mind if I should do it anyways or not.

Note - I still am making some compromises on dates, if I wanted my ideal dates the cheapest fare comes up as $1200+ This is from LAX to Guatemala city and back from Belize City to LAX. These are not long segments, just 4-6 hrs each.

So, I understand people pay $$$$ premium to travel over the holidays to see family etc. I get that...but what about just regular travel trips? Would you pay a significant premium to travel over the holidays? And have you done it in the past?
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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It depends on how badly you (or I since you asked me) want to go on the trip. Historically I have been an extremely flexible traveler and so I almost always just picked whatever was the cheapest...but in more recent years, with two young kids and my wife taking a job with a fixed schedule (teaching), we have been less flexible and traveling a little less as well. We are doing a big trip during spring break and while we found a good deal based on the week of travel, it is not a great deal if we were planning flexible travel like we are accustomed to. Ultimately we decided it was worth it, but then again we are having second thoughts lol.

Hopefully in June we are back to our usual ways as my wife is probably not going to be teaching on a regular basis anymore. They are trying to convince her otherwise so we will see, but I am hoping not haha.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:31 AM
 
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So, I understand people pay $$$$ premium to travel over the holidays to see family etc. I get that...but what about just regular travel trips? Would you pay a significant premium to travel over the holidays? And have you done it in the past?

If you want to travel over the holidays, the busiest time of the year, expect to pay considerably more for it.

If I am going to take a trip over the holidays and want to do it cheaply, I will fly to my destination prior to December 15th and stay until the 1st week in January.

If you are taking a city trip, you can save considerably over the holidays as many of the "business hotels" are discounting significantly.

Personally, I used to volunteer to work throughout the holidays and take my time off during the first two weeks of December or the first three weeks in January when the costs are less.
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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So, I understand people pay $$$$ premium to travel over the holidays to see family etc. I get that...but what about just regular travel trips? Would you pay a significant premium to travel over the holidays? And have you done it in the past?
Supply and demand. That's all it is. Enough people have time off during the Christmas-New Year's time period, and want to visit their families in distant cities or countries, that the airlines know that they can fill their planes even when they raise their rates. Conversely, far fewer people travel in mid-December or mid-January (not counting the Martin Luther King weekend), so the airlines lower their rates in hopes of attracting some more business.

If you want to make "regular" travel trips, and find the lowest prices while doing so, you have to travel when most other people aren't. If you can't or won't travel at non-holiday times, then you have to resign yourself to paying holiday prices or else don't go.
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