“There’s a big outflow from major cities during the holidays,” says Surry. “So you may get a better deal flying into New York or Chicago or one of those places.” He also recommends looking into less-convenient airports that traditionally have better deals, though that applies year ‘round.
Book your rewards earlier
Frequent flyer and card rewards programs, even if they don’t have blackout dates around the holidays, often “price” their rewards tickets in parallel with regular seats. Book early to make sure you get one of the limited seats airlines reserve for customers who are paying with points or miles.
When you see a deal, book it
“There’s no exact science to this,” says Solomito. “So if you see a flight that’s in your price range, on the days and times you want to go, just take it. Across the board, you won’t spend much more.” If you plan ahead, know when you can travel, and have an idea of what you can spend, the savings you find by tracking your flights or waiting a few days will likely be negligible. So don’t overthink it, click that exciting “purchase” button, and open up your family group text to see who’s picking you up at the airport.