The key to budget travel during the holidays is timing and doing your homework. Flights are booking at a record capacity this year due to less available aircraft, the price of fuel, and labor costs. I compiled this trusty list of money-saving tips for holiday budget travel with the help of personal experience, watching the news, and scouring the internet. With these tips, you will be able to tell your family, “I’m coming home for Christmas!”
Book – weeks before. Booking too early and too late will only cost you. Booking 3-6 weeks in advance (domestically) is a safe bet Sign up for newsletters JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic are my favorites. I often receive one day sales, $39 one-way flights by Jetblue is my favorite deal Avoid these days: December 22nd, December 23rd, and January 2ndFlying on the actual holiday can save money
When booking, check prices of surrounding airports Airfare is lowest on Tuesdays, the day that airlines update their flight inventory Check direct flights, they are often a better deal Use fare comparison websites. My favorites are Kayak.com and LowestFare.com. If you are a student or teacher STA Travel is, hands down, the best hub for lowest fare If you must travel last-minute, check sites that specialize in last-minute deals. I like Travelzoo.com and Last Minute Travel.com
Here is another helpful article with money-saving holiday travel tips. Check out this article that lists the top 10 money saving tips from Go Banking Rates.
Source- Go Banking Rates