5 Things You Need To Know To Save Serious $$$ On Holiday Flights

Be strategic with your holiday travel plans this year.

Between inflation and travel companies trying to recoup the money they lost during COVID, traveling during the holiday is going to be more expensive than ever in 2022. Luckily, there are some ways you can help bring the costs down in order to get home to celebrate the season.

Be sure to use these five tips in order to make your holiday travel plans as cheap as possible this year.

1. Book Sooner Rather Than Later

Prices are only going to go up the closer it gets to big holidays (like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s). The sooner you book your flight, the cheaper it will be.

Some routes are already 40% more expensive than they were this time last year, and there’s about 15% fewer flights than in 2019, which means demand is extra high. Get booking ASAP.

2. Be As Flexible As Possible

Flexibility with travel is a must post-COVID, but it’s especially true when it comes to booking holiday flights. The most popular flights are going to be a few days before the holiday, with return flights getting snapped up the day after.

The easiest way to save money? Book your flight for the Monday before the holiday. They’ll be substantially cheaper. As far as return flights go, book your travel a few days after the holiday, or even on the holiday itself. It’ll definitely save you money.

3. Use Points (If You Can)

If you’ve ever been motivated to sign up for a credit card to get airfare points, now is the time to do it. While you won’t be able to accumulate much before you book your flights, using a charge card that gives you some kind of kickback will benefit you in the long run (maybe even in time for the next big holiday travel days).

Every little bit helps when it comes to saving money, so use every advantage at your disposal to bring the total cost down.

4. Skip Flying When Possible

Flying is always going to be the most expensive option when it comes to travel. While in some instances this can’t be avoided, opting for alternatives to air fare can save you some serious cash.

While gas is still pricey, it’s definitely cheaper than a plane ticket. Experts agree that if your final destination is eight hours away or less, you should drive. Between cancelled flights and the chaos of rebooking at the airport, a roadtrip might be the best option.

Trains and buses are also a viable option for middle-distance trips. They’re both extremely affordable, and you don’t have to worry about the stress of driving or the cost of gas.

5. Sign Up For All The Rewards & Benefits

Plenty of airline and travel companies have some kinds of rewards program. If you know who you’re booking with, signing up for all of their rewards programs or additional benefits for loyal customers is important. You’ll be able to save a bit of money, which will help bring the total cost down.

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