Here are some money-saving strategies for travelers this holiday season:

  • Go Early. The first two weeks of November are considered off-peak in
    the travel industry. Consider traveling November 1-9 or 14-20. By
    departing the weekend prior to Thanksgiving and extending your stay,
    you may be able to avoid crowds and peak prices.
  • Be Flexible. The following are peak travel dates when airfares are
    typically higher: November 21-22, 24-27; December 21-23; 26; 29-31. If
    possible, shift your travel dates a day or two to find a lower price.
  • Travel on the Holiday. Another way to save on airfare is by traveling
    on holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. While
    November 22, December 24 and 31 are prime time for airlines, flights
    are usually less full on the actual holidays and, as such, fares are
    typically lower. Plus, if you depart in the morning you should still be
    able to arrive in time for dinner!
  • Avoid the Couch … and Fruitcake. During Thanksgiving and Christmas
    in many cities across the U.S., hotels are facing low demand and
    looking to fill empty rooms. This means deep discounts on comfortable
    and often luxurious hotel rooms, an excellent alternative to staying on
    a family member’s couch.
  • Take a Resort Break. If you’re one of the lucky workers with vacation
    to spare at the end of the year, consider traveling to Hawaii, the
    Caribbean or Mexico between November 1-18, or November 28 and December
    16, the “shoulder season” sandwiched after Thanksgiving and before
    Christmas. At many of these warm-weather destinations, peak season
    begins at Christmas and extends through late spring; book travel now
    for November and early December stays while the price is right!
  • Enjoy Christmastime in the City. Enjoy the ambiance of the holiday
    season in the big city — from window decorations and trimmed trees to
    holiday musicals. Big city hotels offer great holiday discounts because
    business travelers are at home during the holiday season. Throughout
    November and December, you can find low rates on quality hotels in
    popular cities like Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
  • Geraldine Jensen

    Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

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