Holiday Travel Season Tips

By: CNN
By: CNN


This time of year is a busy time for travel, especially if you want to go some place warm. But flight ticket prices are high, flights are full, and unfortunately, lots of hotels are already all booked.

Travel + Leisure magazine correspondent, Sarah Spagnolo, advises travelers to consider less popular travel days, like Christmas Day, or a Monday.

"So if you want to go away the week after Christmas, check Dec. 30," said Spagnolo. "Or if you can move your days off until after New Year's, try booking New Year's Day through Tuesday, Jan. 7."

If you have some flexibility in where you can go, check out skyscanner.com, a site that lets you compare flight prices from where you live to any global destination. Kayak.com is another site with similar explore options. Follow @airfarewatchdog on Twitter for deals as they become available.

And some of the apps to check for late hotel deals are lastminute.com and hoteltonight.com. And for extra late hotel booking, check out hipmunk.com, which aggregates unsold hotel rooms and their prices.

Sometimes hotels will have unbooked rooms they want to sell and will do so right up to the booking date at discounts of up to sixty percent.

Then there are the last-minute deals on Expedia that include full vacation packages, both airfare and hotel costs. You may also look into Groupon getaways, but be warned that some vacation packages have blackout dates over the holidays, so check the fine print.


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