6 Ways to Avoid Holiday Travel Price Hikes
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.