Expert offers tips on buying holiday airfare

Dec 12, 2014, 6:05 AM | Updated: 6:05 am
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With Christmas and New Year’s quickly approaching, the travel schedule is about to get hectic and the price of airfare is set to climb even higher.

Rick Seaney, CEO and co-founder of FareCompare.com, says there remains a small window to purchase last-minute tickets for the holidays before prices skyrocket.

“I expect them to go up pretty dramatically next week,” Seaney told KTAR. “When you’re getting inside that 14-day advance window, or sometimes within a 7-day advance window.”

Weekends surrounding Christmas and New Year’s tend to be the priciest time to book travel, according to Seaney. But good deals are nevertheless available, he pointed out.

“The weekends are extremely expensive, but if you fly on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesdays and come back on those days, you can find some deals,” Seaney said.

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are traditionally the thriftiest days for travel, as Seaney mentioned.

And if you’re considering airfare as a gift for a loved one, the window between President’s Day and Valentine’s Day is usually one of the cheapest for travel, with rates at as little as 40 percent of what they tend to be around the holidays.

KTAR’s Jeremy Foster contributed to this report.

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Expert offers tips on buying holiday airfare