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.