Don’t Let Monster Fares Eat Your Holidays

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Holiday travel just got more expensive, as many airlines have added surcharges ranging from $10 to $50 for the most popular flying days. Don’t you hate that?

Here’s how to save:

    • Time it right. FareCompare analyzed three years’ worth of fares and found that the best ticket prices are available at 3:00 p.m. ET on Tuesdays. Act fast: starting this month, holiday fares rise about $5 every day.


    • Be flexible. You know that adding a layover, mixing and matching airlines, or taking an early-morning flight can drive down your fare. But you’ll save more (about $50/person) if you stretch out your trip to avoid flying on the busiest travel days, like December 23. Hint: Ask your boss now.


    • Take a vacay. If your family is up for it, and you’re paying to travel anyway, it could be cheaper (and more fun!) to turn the holidays into a gift for all—with Groupon Getaways on Expedia. Nab amazing group discounts on flights, hotels, vacation packages and more.


    • Get grounded. If you fly from Chicago to Nashville over Thanksgiving, say, it’ll cost you at least $250 per person—that’s $1,000 for a family of four. A round-trip drive? About $158 in gas. Use the AAA fuel cost calculator to spend smarter.


Homeward bound. What’s your holiday travel budget? photo source: AspiringImages’ shop on etsy