Thursday, October 28, 2010

Time to make holiday travel plans

It might be hard to imagine, but now is the time to start making your holiday travel plans.

The holiday season is right around the corner, which means now is the time to be making your travel plans. News 4 has some money-saving tips for trimming those travel costs.

Hoping to head out of town this holiday season? You're not alone. Demand for flights has risen over six percent this year. Unfortunately, airlines have increased their capacity by less than two percent. That's bad news for travelers because it increases fare prices. The good news? You can make travel more affordable.

For starters, if you have to fly over Thanksgiving don't book a flight for Wednesday, the day before the holiday, which is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year. Instead fly out on the first flight on Thanksgiving morning. Not only will you avoid battling crowds, you won't be charged what airlines call "peak travel day fees," a surcharge that can add $20 to $60 to your ticket price.

If your holiday destination is less than 400 miles away, consider taking the bus. You'll pay as little as one dollar to thirty each way. And thanks to the recent boom in bus services, they're much more comfy now, with leather seats and wi-fi.

Finally, it may be hard to cash in your frequent flyer miles for airfare, so try using miles to defray your hotel costs. Hotels are anxious to fill their rooms, and are making it easier to redeem your miles at their properties.

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