As we approach Labor Day and enjoy our last summer getaways, it is important not to forget about upcoming holiday travel plans. While many travelers are currently focused on their end-of-summer trips, they are already expressing concerns about the challenges of flying during the holiday season. For some, the high prices associated with holiday travel can be quite painful, as mentioned by Susan Halstead. Whitney Glover, on the other hand, is more worried about crowded airports and the potential for holiday week delays. To alleviate some of these travel woes, experts recommend strategic planning and careful consideration of travel dates.
Jerry Katz, a travel agent from First Discount Travel, advised that flying the week before Christmas or on the actual holidays themselves can help travelers avoid the worst crowds and excessive costs. According to Katz, flying on off-peak dates, such as Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, instead of December 26, can significantly alleviate the issues of high fares, overcrowding, and delays often associated with that particular day.
When it comes to Thanksgiving weekend, Sally French from NerdWallet advises against flying on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This day, much like December 26, historically sees an influx of travelers and is considered one of the busiest travel days of the year. French suggests considering alternative travel days, particularly Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as they tend to be cheaper and less crowded.
To secure the best prices, French recommends starting to track flight prices now. NerdWallet predicts that Thanksgiving flights will be cheapest around mid-September, just a few weeks away. For end-of-December flights, it is suggested to start looking around mid-October. French advises taking advantage of any lower-than-average flight prices that may be available at the moment. Additionally, it is wise to enable price tracking on your preferred booking platform, such as Kayak or Expedia, so that you receive notifications if there are any price drops.
Planning ahead is crucial to avoiding disappointment and unnecessary spending on airfare. Bruce and Teresa Rose, who recently embarked on a Labor Day flight, experienced the struggle of finding an affordable airfare firsthand. By starting early and staying vigilant, travelers can increase their chances of securing better deals and ensuring a smoother travel experience.
In conclusion, it is never too early to start making holiday travel plans, especially if you wish to avoid the worst crowds and the highest costs. By carefully selecting travel dates, tracking prices, and staying flexible, you can optimize your chances of finding a more affordable and enjoyable journey. Remember, early planning is key to avoiding unnecessary stress and financial strain during the holiday season.
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