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The Key to a Good Thanksgiving Fare: Flexibility

Fall fare sales in the market are all scheduled to end on Sept. 16, meaning time is running out to book a cheap flight across the United States this fall.

Of course, the $64,000-dollar question is: Can I get a deal over Thanksgiving? Well, the answer is, yes, if the travel dates are flexible. In this latest round of sales, airlines did black out the most popular dates to fly: Nov. 23-24 (Tuesday and Wednesday) and 27-29 (Saturday-Monday). But fly more off-peak dates -- Nov. 19, 21, 25 (Thanksgiving), 26 and 30 -- and roundtrip fares could be hundreds less than on those peak dates.

If the schedule doesn't allow that much flexibility, even flying one-way on an off-peak date could help bring prices down considerably. Using a search engine like Fly.com can help find the best fares on a favorite route.

Another consideration: In some cases, it could be cheaper to fly to Europe or another international destination than it would be to fly domestically. Go home another weekend this fall for the turkey and be thankful for a great deal overseas this year instead.

Once the flight is out of the way, check out Thanksgiving and Christmas travel deals our team of deal experts found, researched, test-booked and compiled for hotels, vacations and cruises.

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Deal Expert, New York
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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