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Booked your flights for the holidays yet? They’re just going to get pricier the longer you wait (and they’ve risen in general recently). If choosing flights seems overwhelming, check out these tips from Sascha Segan of He asked discounters Priceline , Hotwire , and Farecast which days are the best to fly over the holiday period. This is what they came up with:
  • Book now. And make sure to secure a seat assignment when you book. "The market has adjusted to holiday inventories and is booking earlier," says Priceline's Brian Ek. "If you want a seat, you'd better, too."
  • Avoid flying on Nov. 21 and Nov. 25. Farecast says those are two of the most expensive, congested days to fly all year.
  • Want low fares? Consider heading out for Thanksgiving on Nov. 19 and back on the 23rd. For Christmas, think about flying on the morning of Christmas Eve and staying until New Year's Eve.
  • This year Priceline looked at both prices and crowds. Why are crowds an issue? Crowded days mean that when things go wrong -- for instance, with delays or cancellations -- there's less room in the system for error. If you want to avoid crowds, fly on Nov. 19, 23 or 27 or Dec. 19, Dec. 24 or 26.
  • Farecast advises that the two weeks following Thanksgiving are some of the cheapest to fly during the entire year. Hotwire and Priceline agree, to some extent. For flights from Nov. 27 to Dec. 9, expect low fares.
  • If you can't afford to fly during the holidays, Farecast says wait until late January, when you'll see the lowest fares of the entire year for visiting friends and relatives.

    Segan also suggests checking alternate airports near your destination. And most importantly, fly as early in the day as you can!
    Visit for tips from air traffic controllers for minimizing delays and finding the lowest fares, or listen to a podcast on finding family travel tips online at

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