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Do You Book Holiday Tickets Early or Last Minute?

Ahh, the age-old question: to be or not to be to book or not to book. No matter how much homework you do on research comparing apples to apples, it's nearly impossible to predict the ebbs and flows of ticket prices . . . especially during the holiday season.

This past week I've noticed a flood of fare alerts, not just on Cyber Monday, but the last couple of days, too. On the one hand, I'm not a risk taker when it comes to my money and prefer to book when the pricing gets good but when "good" is still a bit away from "better" and a couple hundred from the "best," it's tempting to take a gamble and hope the fares drop. Even knowing that you could end up paying more, when will (or did) you buy your tickets?

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lullavonn lullavonn 7 years
Early is ALWAYS the answer when you are flying to high demand destinations over the holiday, always!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
We're not flying this year, but in the past we've always booked our flights early to make sure we knew we had seats and a good departure time.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I'm not flying anywhere this year but in the past I have booked early, maybe not the cheapest fare but still low and don't have to sweat it as the trip gets closer.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
Luckily my husband and I don't fly during the holidays... we are taking a 300 mile road trip instead :]
CoconutPie CoconutPie 7 years
Early. We're flying from Europe to the USA this year and we booked our tickets in September. It was really cheap so we booked them knowing it was impossible for tickets to get cheaper. I just checked and the same tickets are now $700 more expensive.
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