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Save Money on Christmas Airfare

Is cheap airfare No. 1 on your Christmas wish list this year? Don’t bother waiting for Santa to deliver, with a little extra effort you can find great rates on holiday airfare. Here are a couple quick tips for finding Christmas fares and saving yourself some money and stress.

  • Be flexible with your travel dates: If you’re traveling this holiday season consider an early morning flight on Christmas Day -- a Sunday this year. Or consider extending the length of your trip to arrive the weekend before and return home several days after the holiday. By allowing flexibility with your travel dates you’ll find the best prices and avoid the crowds at the airport. For more details, including a daily fares calendar, visit SuperSearch and see the cheapest days to fly during December.
  • Know your options: Remember to compare multiple airlines to find the best price. Also, don't rely on published sales -- search websites yourself to find unadvertised low fares. Don’t forget to check both fares available on online travel agents such as Orbitz and Expedia, as well as airline websites such as American Airlines and United, to get a complete view of your options.
  • Consider a nearby airport: Using regional airports may help you save money and there is even a chance they’ll be less crowded on your travel dates. Living in the Bay Area I always check fares departing from both San Francisco and Oakland. It is always best to compare fares if you have two convenient airports in your area.
  • Jump on a good fare:The best fares are based on availability, so book quickly if you find one. Not only will you grab the low price while it is still available but you'll save yourself stress by getting plans in place well ahead of the holiday.

 By doing a little extra research, being flexible, and booking your Christmas flights as soon as you’ve nailed down your travel plans you’ll find the best deal for your trip.

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Deal Expert, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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