Holiday Travel – They can Fly to You with Cheap Christmas Flights

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Sometimes, it’s difficult to find a decent airfare deal during peak travel periods like Thanksgiving in the U.S. or Christmas and New Year’s in much of the world. How to get together with friends and family without busting your budget for holiday travel? Have them fly to you. Here’s a handy check-list for cheap Christmas flights or New Year's deals or better Thanksgiving fares plus tips for an all-around less-stressful holiday trip.

1. Compare airfares

All shoppers should compare airfares before booking flights, for the simple reason that no airline always has the best deal, not on every route (and this is true for airlines around the world). That favorite carrier may have a lot of cheap Christmas flights, for example, but check to be sure one of its rivals isn’t a lot cheaper. There are no excuses for failing to compare fares since it literally takes just a few seconds. Please share this on Facebook, Twitter and/or Pinterest (buttons on the left); chances are pretty good it’ll make someone’s day.

2. Be a flexible flyer

If at all possible, travelers should try to be flexible flyers when it comes to the itinerary. A good way to search out the cheapest days to fly is by using a search tool like Getaway Maps which finds best fares from airports around the world by month or by season.

3. Choose the right airport

Travelers in London or Tokyo or New York or Los Angeles and other cities have a choice of airports; these folks should not insist on flying in and out of one in particular airport because another might have significantly cheaper fares. Again, compare fares to be sure of getting the best deal.

4. Book now

Holiday periods are popular and demand is high; travelers should book flights sooner than they normally would because prices often continue to rise as the travel period gets closer. Generally speaking, the sooner you book, the less you'll pay.

5. Security

Travelers in the U.S. should consider joining the PreCheck program which makes for a much faster experience, thanks to a dedicated security line at the checkpoints. For those in other countries, there are similar fast-security programs in several nations (as well as the European Union) that are worth investigating.

6. Give the gift of travel

If you can’t go to your friends, family and loved ones at holiday time, and they can’t come to you, give the gift of holiday travel! Or, maybe instead of searching for elusive cheap Christmas flights, look into off-season travel that works for all of you and enjoy a big vacation trip together outside the holidays. Tip: Don’t buy a gift certificate or card specific to one airline because, again, it might not have the best deal. Always compare fares, and you’ll always get the best deal.

Happy holiday travels to all.

Rick Seaney
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