#11 You’re Planning to Travel Around Thanksgiving Day
Hey, its cheaper to book flights now, and as long as you know where youre going this Thanksgiving it makes sense to pocket the money youre going to have to spend in a few months. Its not like the dates are going to change. Notes travel journalist George Hobica of AirfareWatchdog.com, "If the fare is the same or less for travel Nov. 26 to the Saturday or Sunday after the holiday, as it is for, say, travel now through early June, then it's an indication that the airlines haven't jacked up prices for the holiday yet."
In other words, you should probably book now. As Hobica explained, take for example, flying from Dayton, Ohio, to Austin, Texas, from Nov. 26 through the 30. Right now, thats as low as $334 roundtrip with tax. "For travel through June 8, it's $270," says Hobica. "For travel later in June, it's $350. So that tells me that at the very least the airlines haven't begun 'gouging' for peak holiday travel."
If a fare isn't much higher or even lower for peak Thanksgiving travel than it is for travel other times of year, Hobica says hed buy.If it's way higher, keep checking and wait for prices to come down. "Boston to Chicago right now for Nov. 26 through the 30 is $217. That's actually less than the $248 you'd pay for traveling in July. So I'd buy that too now. It's only going to go up."
Does $30 in savings not sound like much? What if youre a family of four? It all adds up.