Is it possible to get good deals now for flying during Thanksgiving holiday?
The time is running out and the travel fares are peaking now. There is estimated 38% increase in fuel costs compared to 2010 Thanksgiving. There will be estimated 2 percent drop in the number of travelers taking to the skies this Thanksgiving holiday period as a result of slower economy and low consumer confidence. The airlines consolidation and mergers happened (Delta merged with North West Airlines) more than ever and that is causing less competition and more ticket prices. The year ago compared prices are hard to match 2011 holiday ticket prices. Watch out but there are still some avenues to look for the last minute deals that airlines wants to leave no seat go vacant during the rush holiday season and may take a cut in the ticket price.
Fly On Thursday, November 24, 2011 NOT on Wednesday November 23, 2011
The busiest air-travel days for the period are expected to be Sunday, Nov. 27 and Monday, Nov. 28, followed by Friday, Nov. 18. Avoid tickets on these days.
Travelers who choose to fly out on the Monday before Thanksgiving and fly back on the Sunday after will pay on average $213 more than travelers who fly on Thanksgiving Day and come back the next day, Travelocity calculated.
Flying on the holiday also means much less crowded airports and planes. Source : 5 tips for booking Thanksgiving flights
Online economical ticket sellers list
Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity are the biggest online ticket-sellers. Sometimes better deals can be found on sites such as Kayak, Hipmunk, AirfareWatchdog, Yapta, FareCompare, CheapOair, Mobissimo and Fly.com. Southwest Airlines isn’t included on some travel websites so check it directly.
Source: Cut costs of holiday flights
Fly By Alaska Airlines
Travelers who use a Visa card can receive 20 percent off fares to Hawaii or Mexico for travel through Dec. 14 (there are blackout dates around Thanksgiving). See www.alaskaair.com/content/deals/special-offers.aspx.