Booking now can save you money, as can avoiding the peak travel periods where airlines typically tack on $30 surcharges. Peak travel days include Nov. 19-24 and 26-29, Dec. 17-24 and Dec. 26-Jan.3.
In addition, CNN writes:
Be flexible on dates for the best fares. According to Farecompare.com, the cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The cheapest time to fly is typically the first flight out in the morning.
“Sundays are the absolute worst days to fly, and the worst time slot to try to book is the Sunday after Christmas through the Sunday after the New Year’s holiday,” [Bestfares.com's Tom] Parsons said.
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- The fastest ways to get free travel
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- Surviving holiday travel
- How to get luxury perks for your travel buck