Proper planning can help land the best holiday travel deals
Christmas will be here before you know it, which means caroling, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and all of that other good stuff. But for many people, Christmas means travelling to various parts of the country for the yearly visit to see distant relatives. Without proper planning, that little bit of travel can turn into a nightmare before Christmas. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re getting the best Christmas travel deals around.
Plenty of people will tell you that the best way to get a deal on holiday hotels is to use any number of the numerous travel package websites. Places like Travelocity or Expedia always seem like they’re cooking up decent specials on flights and hotel combos. While the combo deal is fantastic if you’re flying to a locale and also need place to stay while you’re there, it can be unnecessary if you don’t need the hotel. And more often than not, if you just need a flight, these combo-deal websites prices are usually right in line with at least one major airline.
That’s why it never hurts to check out the prices for places like American Airlines or United Airlines. Say what you will about air travel being a hassle and expensive (and you won’t be wrong), but the prices at United have routinely matched the best flight price from Expedia.
If it turns out that a hotel has become a necessity at the last minute, you can always try to grab a discounted room at a Holiday Inn. Sure it’s not the lap of luxury, but chances are you won’t be spending as much time in your room as you will surrounded by your family anyway.
Those travelers who don’t mind getting potentially weird flight times can always try their hand at Priceline for what will probably be the best deal on travel available. Sure, the flights might leave really early in the morning or fairly late into the evening, but the money you save might make it all worth it. After all, you’ll need that money you saved to pick up some presents for the trip. You wouldn’t want to show up for a Christmas celebration with no gifts in hand!