Thanksgiving Travel Will Cost More

Posted Sep 22nd 2010 09:44 AMUpdated Sep 22nd 2010 10:32 AM

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Expect to pay more to get to grandmother's house for Thanksgiving this year.

The average domestic airfare for the holiday is $384, which is about a 10 percent increase over last year, according to an analysis by online agency Travelocity, for USA Today.

Travelers could end up paying as much $554 for the average ticket if they fly on the popular Tuesday before Thanksgiving and return on Sunday, Travelocity finds.

But there are also lower fares if you shift travel dates by a day or two. For those flying out Thanksgiving Day and returning the following Tuesday, the average fare reduces to $293.

Advance planning will also help with savings.

"There's going to be a lot of competition for those lowest-priced seats, so it's important that people (book) as far ahead as possible and be as flexible as possible to get a decent fare," says Genevieve Shaw Brown, Travelocity's senior editor.

Thanksgiving fares last year were unusually low due in large part to the economic downturn. Experts say don't expect similar deals this year.



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Burt

Well I drink cheap wine. I must be a peasant. I am taking that new bullet train...wait there is no bullet train. The airline lobby killed it. oh well back to cheap wine. I am sure all those criminal CEOs will have a nice time!

September 26 2010 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
don

Everyone talks about Isreal secuity however they have a miniscule number of flights per day. If we did what they did you would have to arrive at the airport 24 hours before your flight time.

September 26 2010 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
don

Raise the airline prices more and get the bus people back on the bus where they belong.

September 26 2010 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Thank You!

September 26 2010 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gposner29

A schmuck waited for days to capture that shot.
Cut him some slack...that's all he does.

September 26 2010 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gposner29

Fight fire with fire...take the train, the bus, a car
or simply tell "family/friends" to come you you instead. Anyone else sick of airline crap ever since they over reacted, penaliziling innocent civilians due to a total lack of their own skills in screening for terrorists. Our officials should travel to Israel to see airport safety in action.

September 26 2010 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marshall

I would like to see a return and resurrection (come back) of many former famous airlines like
Eastern, Western,TWA, Northeast, Northwest Orient
in its former red tail and silver bare metal color
scheme, Panam, National, Braniff, Ozark, North
Central ,PSA ,Air California, Hughes Airwest and
others. Many of these airlines gave us lower fares
and none of them had any baggage check in fees.
Anyone who travels today in 20l0 has few choices.
If people want lower air fares to get from A to B,
why not call for the return of our former famous
airlines.

September 22 2010 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
todd

10% over last year? Do the people who write these articles even use air travel? I'm already paying 80-100% more for air fares this year over last year and I really don't see the justification. The economey takes a dive and the consumer has to pay 100% more on fares over a one year period? If I could I'd stop flying the greedy, cry-baby, disrespectful, money monger airlines for ever.

September 22 2010 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dr. G

Great idea, the lowest fare plummeted a whole 40 dollars by flying on those less convenient days!

September 22 2010 at 5:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
liguy

Anyone traveling by air that weekend is a moron. Crowds, weather delays, high ticket prices, and all for what? Cheap wine and relatives? Save your money, stay home, and visit the relations another time, maybe when you can be away for more than a few days. Travel by car isn't much better unless you can do most of the trip by interstate without crossing any major bridges or going through any major metro areas.

September 22 2010 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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