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Begin Price-Watching Holiday Travel Airfare

It may only be August, but there are already ads out there featuring decorated evergreen and Santa's cookies. Advertisers already have the Winter holidays on their minds, and you should too — holiday travel this year is projected to be more expensive than last year. Airlines have less routes planned especially for popular vacation destinations, and their prices are up often due to fuel surcharges.

The New York Times reports Travelocity's data that indicates airfares between November and February are up an average of 11 percent. Amy Ziff, Travelocity’s editor at large, made it clear that the definition of deal isn't what it used to be when she said, "Any destination that isn’t up by 10 percent is a good buy in this market."

Begin signing up for price alerts for your wintertime destinations so you can jump on the best airfare. Just hope that your travel arrangements take you through major hub airports, because less frequent flight schedules mean it will be more difficult to get on another flight if yours is canceled due to weather.

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Beauty Beauty 8 years
I looked at airfare last week, and it's already $600. I talked with my parents, and I'm just going to come home a few weeks before Christmas for my mom's birthday. That's only $250. So no Christmas at home this year...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
DAMN! I wanted to go somewhere warm for Christmas this year...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
DAMN!I wanted to go somewhere warm for Christmas this year...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
GOOD THOUGHT - there are a few trips that my fiance and i are planning for during the holidays this year, so i'm going to set a few price alerts now so i can hopefully find a decent deal. i hate that airfare is rising soo fast, and it's even worse that things just don't seem to have any hope on the horizon. seeing as how i don't have any other options of traveling to these places for thanksgiving or christmas, i guess i'll have to suck it up and pay the airfare prices.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
I don't plan to air travel during the holidays. I'm driving (although I hate it) to my sister's house in VA Beach for Thanksgiving and that's about it.
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