The last few months of each passing year always tend to blur by. . Even while the Halloween pumpkins are kicked to the curb on the side, the preps for Thanksgiving begin. And yes, do not be amazed to see Christmas shoppers and decorations at super marts and grocery stores while you are crossing off items from your shopping list for the upcoming Turkey Day. With so much and a lot happening all at the same time with the start of the holiday season, sometimes it becomes really difficult to plan an affordable flight or vacation to join up with family members and friends located away from your town/ city-right?
Read on for some simple but essential guidelines on last-minute holiday travel deals that go a long way in helping you connect with others; concoct wallet-friendly and last-minute escapes in line with your paid holidays for Christmas, Thanksgiving or New Year’s Eve or simply look forward to that much awaited vacation with your spouse.
If you happen to have flexibility as a virtue in yourself, then you are “never too late” for the little joys and tidings in your life. Always remember to tick off the “while flexible dates” option searching for flights-specially around the rush packed and crowded holiday travel weeks. If you are ready to wait for a day or two, then you may end up getting some very good options-plan accordingly. For instance, traveling in the “dead weeks”-the week after New Year’s or Thanksgiving is one of the best ways of scoring cheaper airfares. If you have piled up miles and points on your business travels, then it is a good time to use them now! Unfortunately, your reward availability while traveling during off-peak travel periods can be scarce, but then your willingness travel in a flexible way will always pay off well!(image by Joao Leitao)
Nonstop Flights Can be Expensive
If it does not harm you much to take one layover instead of travelling non-stop to your destination , then go in for flights that take a bit longer or fly you through out-of the way destinations over sea. Take the longer hours on the flight in a lighter vein and think of it as a boon in disguise -so, travelling to USA via Abu Dhabi, makes you touch down with the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) in the background ; a rare treat that comes your way! Booking a flight that travels with 1 layover instead of reaching your destination straight away is cheaper and helps in reducing the overall fare. Also, you may like to consider flying into alternative airports (Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood in lieu of Miami or BWI rather than Washington’s Dulles/ Reagan airports); this helps in cutting your costs further.
Snag Deals on Travel Portals
You will find yourself much happier after setting alerts for fare drops on fluctuating airfares. Instead of going all out and booking tickets that are frightfully expensive during peak seasons, consider using budget travel tools that highlight deals on mainstream airlines as well as lower fares on off-beat airlines travelling to the destination of your choice.(image by Arif Khan)
So, are you ready to grab the best deal that comes your way?
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