Book now, or pay more.
That's the message from travel experts if you are flying for the holidays.
Prices are expected to soar. And we want to help you save on flights by keeping a few things in mind before you book.
Elise and Rick Phillips bought their tickets to Florida at $400 a piece several months ago. Sounds expensive, but we checked and found buying early saved them a combined $980 over today's prices.
Travel experts warn its more important than ever to book holiday travel in advance, preferably in the next 2 weeks.
HOW TO FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS
And when you buy is almost as important as what days you fly.
Usually the rule of thumb to get economical seats is to fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. But during the holidays, the rules change.
Don't even think about flying on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving if you want to save. Same goes for the Sunday after.
And in December Friday the 20th may cost you more than Monday the 23rd because of college kids coming home. If you really want a deal, try Christmas eve or even the holiday itself.
That's what the Phillips did.
"Christmas day was the cheapest, by far, big difference," said Rick Phillips.
If you're not flexible on days, though, you can save in other ways, starting with airport parking. Take GSP for instance:
"If you want to make sure that you've got a space in the lot that you want then the best thing to do is to go online to GSP airport.com, click on the reserve parking icon and just follow the directions," said Rosylin Weston, the GSP Spokesperson.
That costs $5. But think of it this way. If you don't reserve a spot in the $4 parking lot and have to park in the $8 or $12 dollar spots, then you could be paying more than $50 dollars extra for a week trip.
Also keep those checked bags and to a minimum, and bring food with you to the airport.
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