Thanksgiving travel deals
By Phil Hornshaw
Lots of people all over the country are hoping to make it home for Thanksgiving. Because of the popularity of the holiday, it can be tough to find reasonably-priced travel tickets. But that doesn’t mean that getting home before the turkey is carved means you’ll have to let the stuffing out of your wallet. It’s all about patience – finding the right deals at the right time, and maybe being willing to take the slower path home.
Shop around for low-cost flights
There are ways to finagle better rates when you need to fly, even during the holiday rush. Airlines are willing to cut their rates in order to make sure that seats on mostly-full flights get taken, so if you can get tickets at the right time, you can still cut down what you’d otherwise pay. Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline and other well-known sites can get you a cut rate, as well as some cash back, too. Airlines such as Virgin Atlantic and Spirit may also clue you in on their cut-rate flights.
Try alternative travel
You don’t always have to fly, though. In fact, there are often better ways of covering the distance to get to Grandma’s house by going through the woods, rather than over. Instead of flying, maybe take the train: rates from Amtrak often come at a discount. You can also try a bus from Greyhound, which offers a cut rate on many tickets. It all depends on where you want to go, but if you can leave a little more time to get there, you might find that a slower trip at a lower cost can still be fun.
Narrow down a place to stay
If there’s not enough room with relatives or friends when you travel during Thanksgiving, time spent investigating lodgings can definitely be time well-spent. The travel sites listed above are often keyed-in to hotels and other locations where deals are available, which can help keep the cost of staying low. Other sites, like CheapOstay, can hook you up with a place to stay at a discount, and even other essentials like rental cars.