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Traveling during the Christmas season is almost always expensive. Everyone is flying home for holidays or taking a vacation to an exotic locale. This makes finding cheap flights more difficult and frustrating than ever. But what if I told you that the internet is overflowing with Christmas travel deals? You just need to know how and where to find them. In this blog post, we’ll cover some of the foolproof tips for booking cheap Christmas flights and vacations.
Plan your vacation: Book your flights and other travel arrangements as far in advance as possible. Airfare studies consistently show that air tickets get costlier as your travel dates approach, so it’s better to plan your Christmas getaway as far ahead of your travel dates as you can. Many people wait till the last minute to book flights and hotels, hoping that they can snag some last minute travel deals. But honestly, chances of getting such deals around the festival season are often very slim. Don’t jeopardize your getaway by waiting till the last minute.
Be flexible with your travel dates: Flexibility will always improve your ability to grab cheap flights to anywhere, regardless of the occasion. Let’s face it: you usually can’t be choosy with flights when it comes to traveling in peak travel seasons, anyway. In fact, you should be able to change your travel dates, preferred departure time, and airports to swoop better airfare deals. The more flexible you are the cheaper flight deals you can get. If you are flying to a destination just a few hours away, instead of flying the previous night, fly on the morning of Christmas and still enjoy all the festivities for a steal of a deal.
Choose cheaper alternatives to popular Christmas destinations: If your idea of a holiday is to travel rather than travel to a specific place, why spend more on crowded popular destinations? You can fly to Philadelphia rather than New York City or Barcelona rather than Paris. These alternatives offer similar festivities and vibe at a remarkably cheaper rate. Be sure to check out the featured Christmas flight deals published by OTAs and airlines and see what fits in your budget.
Save on fees and charges: LCCs (Low Cost Carriers) and ULCCs (Ultra-Low Cost Carriers) often feature unrealistically cheap fares. But before you get excited, remember that these rates often come with very high fees and charges for almost everything from extra legroom to checked bags to seat selections. You can book your seats in the main cabin and travel with just a carry-on to avoid these extra fees. It’s also recommended that you read the fine print on your airfare before booking your flight.
Book travel packages: During the holiday season, when the airfares and hotel rates are at their peak, you can save significantly by making a bundle booking. Book your Christmas flights and hotel on the same booking platform for the best deals. The travel world is super competitive and they want most of your travel budget. That’s why they often drop their collective price if you book your tickets and accommodation with them.
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