The Ultimate Guide to Booking Holiday Travel

Finally, some good news from the airlines — your holiday travel might cost you less than it did last year.

Thanks to increased competition, fares are expected to be lower than ever. Over the last couple of months, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines have both grown in capacity, and all of those added seats are forcing other airlines to push their prices down.

The Wall Street Journal had Expedia look at popular routes, and the results showed some major deals for holiday travelers. During Thanksgiving and Christmas, flights from San Francisco to Las Vegas will be 23 percent cheaper than last year.

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“Los Angeles to Chicago and Chicago to New York, both of those are down considerably,” said Scott McCartney, WSJ “Middle Seat” Columnist. “These are big popular travel routes where there’s more competition and lower prices.”

While prices are tolerable now, it’s not advisable to wait too much longer to book. On average, plane tickets for Christmas will steadily increase about $1.60 per day, and a real spike comes about 10 days before your departure.

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