Saving with 6abc: Save on holiday travel

November 13, 2012 2:58:56 PM PST
The number of plane tickets bought for Christmas and New Year's is already up 50 percent from last year, along with airfare prices.

TIP #1: BUY NOW OR NOT LONG FROM NOW. PRICES ARE ONLY GOING UP

A non-stop flight from Atlanta to NYC for Christmas costs $270 today. If you wait two weeks, it'll be $70 dollars more. For a family of four that's $280.

TIP #2: FLY ON OFF DAYS

If you're willing travel on Thanksgiving Day as opposed to the day before you will save hundreds. A flight from Atlanta to NY goes down $344 per person. For our family of four that's $1,376.

Not only that, but you'll find that the airport is empty. The lines are few, and you're probably going to see a few empty seats on your flight.

TIP #3: IF YOU'RE SHOPIING ONLINE, SHOP ON WEDNESDAYS

A lot of airlines start their sales on Tuesdays, and by Wednesday, other airlines are matching those sales.

What if you're going by train? The tips are similar.

* Travel on off days. If you take Amtrak from New York to Boston on Thanksgiving instead of the day before, you'll save $301 per ticket or $1204 for a family of four.

What about if you're driving?

* The best tips we've heard were to fill up at your destination if the gas is cheaper there and to fill up before the peak travel days when the lines are shorter.


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