Looking for cheap Christmas flights or other holiday travel deals? Then buy your airfare now because prices are already on the rise. The longer you procrastinate, the higher the airfares will rise. Start your shopping.
Delays Can Be Expensive
Over the years, My Flight Online has examined airfare price data for thousands of flights across the United States and Australia during the last two weeks of December. Year in and year out, the figures have indicated procrastinators could pay a daily price-hike – for each and every day of delay – on top of the already expensive holiday ticket prices.
Best Time to Buy Holiday Airfare
Buy now: This is the best advice for anyone who will fly during December – buy airline tickets now – because price hikes are coming. In past years, some of the biggest occurred in early December.
Forget last-minute deals: They just don’t exist anymore. Okay, sure, anything is possible theoretically, but generally speaking, last-minute holiday bargains have gone the way of free checked-bags.
Three Ways to Find Deals
US Holiday Map: Click the region you’ll visit in December and see current offers for the flights to the most popular airports.
Global Getaway Map: If you’re a bit flexible on when you can fly, this deal-finding map can be useful. Add your hometown and the dates you want to travel. If you can’t fly the exact days required for the best deal, flying just one of the dates can often save some money.
Compare Fares: Whether you’re shopping for holiday flights or for travel any time of year, always compare airfares. No single airline always has the best price, so if you only go to one carrier’s website to shop, you might pay too much.
Cheaper Bags: Some airlines charge $60 or more to check a suitcase but a carry-on bag is often free. Check with the airline because bag fee prices change without notice! Even if you must pay for a carry-on, it’s still worth the money because airlines can’t lose bags that travel by your side like carry-ons do!
Cheaper Transportation: Airports are usually mobbed during holidays and parking is expensive. Instead of driving yourself, get dropped off by taxi, Uber, or Lyft or a neighbor (then return the favor when the neighbor needs a ride).
Prep for Security: Security may take longer than usual thanks to infrequent flyers who don’t know all the rules like no liquids in containers larger than 3.4 ounces. Get to the airport – and the checkpoint – earlier than usual. TIP: Join the TSA PreCheck program; you get to keep your shoes on and get your very own speedy security line.
Got all that? Great! Now buy your ticket, and have a wonderful holiday.