Analyzes Airline Tickets To Reveal Where Travelers Are Flying Out-of-State This

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Priceline.com Analyzes Airline Tickets To Reveal Where Travelers Are Flying Out-of-State This Thanksgiving And Christmas

NORWALK, Conn. Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Americans not staying home for the holidays are gladly giving up their traditional seat by the fire for sun and sand, according to the latest data analysis from priceline.com, a leader in online and mobile travel and part of The Priceline Group [NASDAQ: PCLN]. The brand recently looked at thousands of sold airline tickets for the upcoming holidays to see where residents across the country will be headed this season.

The number one out-of-state destination this Thanksgiving and Christmas is Florida. with California coming in as a close second. Travelers on the East Coast are heading south, and Midwest states are heading further west. Additionally, warm weather states are heading for colder weather and cold weather states are heading for warmer weather, such as Floridians flying to New York.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas being two of the busiest travel holidays of the year, Americans will be flying to visit friends and family, or to escape to a tropical resort for the holidays, said Brigit Zimmerman, Senior Vice President of Air and Vacation Packages at priceline.com. Priceline.com has airfare deals on last-minute flights to get travelers where they need to be and at savings up to 40% off retail rates.

Here is an overview of where travelers are flying out-of-state for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Thanksgiving : Represents flights booked on priceline.com departing between Nov. 20 th and Nov. 27 th. 2015.

  • The most popular out-of-state destinations are Florida and California .
  • Florida is the most popular destination for residents in 19 states.
  • Travelers on the East Coast from New York. Vermont. Maine and Massachusetts will be heading down south to Florida .
  • Travelers on the West and Midwest from Washington. Colorado. Arizona and Nebraska will be heading further west to California .

Christmas: Represents flights booked on priceline.com departing between Dec. 19 th and Dec. 31 st. 2015.

  • The most popular out-of-state destinations are Florida and California .
  • Florida is the most popular destination for residents in 25 states.
  • New York is the most popular destination for residents in only 4 states, including Arizona. Florida. Louisiana and South Carolina. which means that they will be trading in their sandals for snow boots this holiday.
  • New Yorkers are the most international travelers as four of their top destinations include Asia. South America. the Caribbean. and Europe .

For more information on priceline.com, visit www.priceline.com/media/ or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Priceline.com

Priceline.com, part of The Priceline Group [NASDAQ: PCLN], gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com’s famous Name Your Own Price service, which can deliver the lowest prices available, or Express Deals , where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding.





06/01/2018

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Fall Vacation Packages – Thanksgiving Vacation Packages 2016 #peregrine #travel

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Fall vacation packages come in a great variety, and one of the many perks of traveling during this season is the ability to choose among a lot of options for money-saving travel deals. Many airlines, hotels, cruise lines, and tour companies want to continue the booming business of the high summer season, so they use sales, incentives and packages to lure travelers who are planning fall vacations .

As the summer travel season comes to a close for major travel destinations, fall vacation packages abound. Travel web sites, tour companies and tourism boards offer discounted packages to popular destinations such as London. New York City. and Paris. If you’re traveling within the Northern Hemisphere, watch for the best fall travel deals to begin mid-to-late September. There are some exceptions such as Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest, but overall, destinations that were too expensive in summer become far more affordable, but no less enjoyable.

Reputably, theme parks such as Disney offer some of the best fall travel deals. Significantly marked-down park admissions, hotel rates, resort fees, transportation costs and dining plans can save a family a large amount of money on a wonderful holiday. Fall vacation packages range from percentages off hotel costs, free dining plans, affordable airfare or a gift card to be used within the parks themselves. Both Disney World in Orlando and the original Disneyland theme park offer terrific deals at this time of year, which are particularly great for family vacations .

Another of the best fall travel deals is a repositioning cruise. Fall is when many cruise ships move from their summer sailing route to their winter sailing route. These cruise vacations are usually transoceanic, lasting ten days or longer. They do not include many stops but instead offer a great opportunity to relax onboard and take advantage of the ship’s amenities for a significantly discounted price. The most popular repositioning cruises are from Europe and Alaska to the Caribbean, and from Asia to the Mediterranean. This type of trip does require buying a one-way plane ticket, but it’s still possible to get great deals on these as well.

Cruises are also a great source for Thanksgiving vacation packages, as well. Most cruise lines offer discounted specials to indulge in a huge turkey dinner with your shipmates aboard the high seas. Consider it a fitting tribute to the pilgrims’ original maritime journey. The day after Thanksgiving is also a great time to take advantage of huge cruise sales. Many online travel reservation sites take part in after-Thanksgiving bargains on cheap cruises and tour packages.

One of the most popular and meaningful Thanksgiving vacation packages is a tour of historical New England. Visit the Pilgrim Monument on Cape Cod and have dinner in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the first Thanksgiving dinner was held at the Plimoth Plantation. Don’t miss Plymouth Rock, marking the pilgrims’ landing in Massachusetts. and reserve your tickets far in advance for America’s Thanksgiving Dinner at the Plimoth Plantation itself. Continue your journey to New York City to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or on to Washington DC to see the annual presidential turkey pardon.

As more and more Americans take advantage of the holidays surrounding Thanksgiving weekend, Thanksgiving vacation packages to international destinations are becoming more common. Airfare and hotel deals to London, Paris, Rome and even Sydney are incredibly affordable during the last weekend in November. Since other countries don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, prices on food and incidentals are usually very affordable, as well.





22/12/2017

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Hotel, Cars for Biden’s Thanksgiving Trip to Italy and Croatia Cost

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Hotel, Cars for Biden’s Thanksgiving Trip to Italy and Croatia Cost $307,118

November 25, 2015 12:10 pm

Hotel rooms and car service for Vice President Joe Biden’s Thanksgiving trip to Rome and Croatia cost over $300,000, according to recently released government contracts.

The vice president, his wife, Jill, and other relatives are spending the holiday abroad. Biden is first making a stop in Zagreb, Croatia, for meetings, before heading to Italy on Wednesday.

The State Department issued four contracts for hotel rooms in Rome from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29, for a total cost of $208,582.

The government also spent $7,676 for “ambulance support” for Biden’s Rome trip.

For the Croatia leg of the trip, the government issued multiple contracts for car services.

Contracts were issued for car service in Croatia costing $23,997. along with $24,541 for Atlas vehicle rental, and $21,453 for taxi service.

Four additional contracts were issued for vehicle rentals in Croatia, in the amounts of $7,849. $862. $5,014. and $7,144 .

The total tab for hotels and car contracts released for the trip thus far is $307,118.

The vice president will be in Rome from Wednesday evening until Sunday, with two meetings scheduled on Friday.

“In Rome, the Vice President will meet with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi,” according to the White House press office. “Afterwards, the Vice President will hold a bilateral meeting with Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See.”

The New York Times reported that the Bidens and “some other relatives” are spending the holiday in Rome to avoid their usual family gathering in Nantucket because of the recent death of the vice-president’s son, Beau.





19/12/2017

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This Is How to Get the Cheapest Thanksgiving Flights #travel #to

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The Secret to Getting a Ridiculously Cheap Thanksgiving Flight

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Every travel agency is saying something different, but there are some tips that aren’t up for debate

For years, travel search engines have scoured through their dense databases to determine the best day to book your Thanksgiving flights. This year, like every year, there s a lot of mixed messages on what to do if you ve procrastinated on booking tickets. Here s what the big players are advising for cheap domestic U.S. air tickets:

  • Kayak : Book in early November, about two to four weeks before Thanksgiving.
  • Skyscanner : Two weeks prior to Thanksgiving.
  • Orbitz . This Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday. If not then, then before Nov. 18.
  • Cheapair . It depends on way too many things.

So what s the takeaway? It s better to be safe and book flights now, but you if you re a risk taker, you can wait until the beginning of November to book your flights. But try not to wait until the week of Thanksgiving. It s also important to weigh the risks of an unexpected fare hike in light of what your benefits of waiting actually are. These hyped savings are usually only about 5 to 10% less than the average fare, which amounts to $15 to $30 if your ticket costs $300.

In fact, since airline fares are notoriously difficult to understand. often the better question to ask is what not to do when you re booking Thanksgiving flights.

Here are a few tips that travel search engines all agree on:

Don t book a departure flight on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), or a return flight on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30).

Airfares increase as flights get fuller, and the Wednesday and Sunday flanking the Thanksgiving holiday are when the most people are traveling. A simple airfare search shows just how much more expensive it is to book travel on one of these days. In some cases, fares are up to twice as high.

If you have to book for Wednesday or Sunday, then book your tickets as early as possible.

If you re locked into a Wednesday departure flight, aim for a Friday or Tuesday return flight, which is around 25% cheaper than returning on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, according to an analysis by Cheapair.

Booking a return flight on Sunday results in the most dramatic airfare spike, and there s not really much you can do to save money other than to book your departure flight on Thanksgiving Day. But the tradeoff of sacrificing a chunk of your holiday is a discount of only about 10%, so it may make more sense to pick a different day even if it s Wednesday. In general, having a Sunday return flight means you re stuck with a sky-high ticket price.

Consider booking a departure flight or return flight on Thanksgiving Day or both.

If you depart and return on Thanksgiving Day, your fare may be up to 30% cheaper than the average price, according to Kayak. And even if you only depart (and not return) on Thanksgiving, those savings are particularly meaningful when applied to longer, more expensive flights. For example, flying the JFK-LAX route departing on Thanksgiving instead of the day before can save you nearly $100.

Don t book flights in groups.

If you re booking as a family and there are only a few flights left in the lowest fare category, it s possible the airline will bump the entire party up to the next fare category, according to Cheapair. That doesn t mean you can t travel as a family, though: you just might have to book each person s ticket individually.

Check other smaller airports nearby.

There s often regional and even international airports near the ORDs, JFKs and LAXs of major U.S. cities. If you re in Chicago, for example, consider Chicago Midway Airport instead of O Hare; if you re in Los Angeles, consider Long Beach Airport instead of LAX. Both are cheaper airports than their neighboring giants, according to Cheapflights.com, which ranked the nation s 101 most affordable airports.

Check smaller airlines.

The five biggest U.S. airlines American, United, Delta, Southwest and JetBlue all increased their base fares slightly despite lower fuel prices and a worldwide fear of Ebola. While the effect on consumers is not yet clear, it s also worth checking out smaller airlines like Spirit, Frontier and Virgin.





29/11/2017

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When to Book Christmas Flights – Thanksgiving 2013 Fare Tips #travel

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The Best Time to Book Thanksgiving Holiday Flights 2013

Posted by PeterGreenberg.com on October 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

By now you know to expect high fares for Christmas and Thanksgiving travel, but there are a few booking secrets you can employ to get ahead of the pack. Here s what you can do to score to best deal on holiday flights 2013.

So How is 2013 Shaping Up?

Once again, airfare is up and by all analysis the 2013 holiday season will have higher fares than 2012.

Hotwire found that fall airfares for 2013 are up 4 to 5 percent for domestic travel. This fall, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Vancouver represent the best airfare deals for 2013.

Over the holidays, fares are on par with last year according to FareCompare. The site noted that prices are up just 1 percent over 2012, however 2012 prices were at an 8-year high.

Orbitz also noted a fare hike. On average, flights to the top 10 destinations over Thanksgiving are up 9.4 percent. Over the Christmas holiday flights are up 8.6 percent, and flights during New Year’s Eve are up 2.4 percent.

When to Book

If you’re thinking about Thanksgiving travel, it s probably too late to take advantage of this year’s lowest fares.

FareCompare CEO and co-founder Rick Seaney claimed last week that you can add $5 every day you wait to book your Thanksgiving ticket. If you wait until October 31, you can expect to pay $140 more.

Kayak  offered a more tempered approach. The lowest time to book Thanksgiving flights appeared between mid-August and Labor Day. After the August drop, fares were predicted to stay low until the last week of October. Last-minute flights after October are predicted to rise 21 percent.

Hipmunk offered yet another schedule for fare hikes. CEO Adam Goldstein noted that between August and September fares go up 35 percent, then an addition 10 percent in October and 15 percent in November.

When it comes to the holiday rush or any other seasonal rush, it’s always best to keep your eyes out for fare sales. For the legacy carriers you can periodically find fare sales for year-round travel, a 330-day travel period, says Peter Thornton, senior airfare analyst at Smarter Travel Media, parent company of Airfare Watchdog. BookingBuddy.com and other travel resources. Keep in mind a fare is not valid for all 330 days and blackouts will apply.

Thornton  notes,

“There will be more availability for the peak dates when [fare] sales happen just after the said travel period. February can be a good time to pounce on seats for peak holiday travel when the 330-day travel period flash sales occur. Of course, there is no guarantee that any given route will have one of those sales and no idea of knowing exactly when. Alerts are key.”

Of course, the standard wisdom about when to book applies. The best day to book flights remains at the start of the week. Hotwire suggests, “Book on Monday or Tuesday and fly on Tuesday or Wednesday to find the best deals, as planes are typically at their fullest Thursday through Monday.

If you’re even questioning whether the airfare you found for the holidays is a bargain, you’ve probably found a deal. To understand whether or not you have found a deal, search for the same route on a different days outside the holiday time period.

Don’t expect the best airfares of the year for holiday travel. Thornton confirms what we all already know too well: “You will pretty much never see the lowest fare on offer available for peak holiday travel dates. These dates can often be much, much higher than dates which are just a few days or a week apart from them.”

Instead, Thornton confirms that you will have found a deal if “the price for peak holiday travel is the same or only slightly higher than the off-peak prices (September/October, early November/December).”

The Best Days NOT to Travel for Thanksgiving and Christmas

If you’re worried about crowds at the airport, chances are you are flying during some of the most expensive days of the year.

If possible, avoid traveling on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving; December 21, the Saturday before Christmas; and December 28, the busiest day for both New Years and Christmas travel.

Orbitz noted that those traveling on November 27 will experience the most expensive airfares on average, paying $499, compare this to the cheapest average airfare of  $406 on Thanksgiving day. On Christmas, December 21 has an average airfare cost of $591, compared to $408 on Christmas Eve. For December 28, the most expensive departure date of the holiday week, the average airfare costs $513.

Airfare experts at Kayak confirm that Wednesday, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving is one of the most expensive days to travel. Also to be avoided are Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2, the dates most are returning home from Thanksgiving travel.

Kayak analysts also recommend avoiding December 21, which for them is considered the second-busiest travel day of the year.

The Best Days to Travel

When it comes to the cheapest days for travel over the holidays, fly on the actual holidays. For Thanksgiving, according to Kayak the least expensive is actually Thanksgiving Day. You’ll also save if you travel on the Monday or Tuesday before and the Saturday and Tuesday.

Additionally, you will save up to 20 percent if you depart close to or on Christmas Day and returning close to New Year’s Day.

If you don’t want to travel over the holidays, you can save money on airfares by traveling for longer. If you re able to take an extra long trip, (example leave before December 18 and returning after January 6) you shouldn t have too much trouble finding a decent price).

As you book, keep in mind these resources:

  • Bing Travel has a flight-prediction tool that suggests whether prices are expected to go up, down or remain the same, based on historical data.
  • Subscribe to airfare alerts to jump on airfare sales when they happen. AirfareWatchdog has them, as well as Travelzoo. Cheapoair. Hotwire. and Expedia. If you do score a deal, pay attention to the fine print in terms of blackout dates and cancellation policies.

By Lily J. Kosner for PeterGreenberg.com





24/11/2017

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights – Johnny Jet #travel

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

All my friends keep asking me how they can find cheap Thanksgiving flights. I feel like saying, don’t you remember what I told you last year and the year before? Hello. Strategies don’t change that much just the dates. Instead of losing my voice and mind, I created this guide so I can just send them the link.

For starters, the airlines are expecting to have full planes over the 12-day holiday period. But don’t sweat if you haven’t bought your tickets yet you will be happy to know that I haven’t either. And I’m not that worried because I always have a few tricks up my sleeve on how to save money.

10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

1. Be flexible

The key to finding cheap Thanksgiving flights is to be flexible with your days. If you aren’t flexible, then you aren’t going to get a deal and you can stop reading right now. It’s not that difficult to figure out that the most expensive time to fly is when everyone else is too. For example, everyone and their brother wants to leave the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and return on the Sunday or Monday after. I see you agreeing but guess what? You aren’t going to get a deal on those days so just stop trying.

That means the deals are going to be either the week before or the Sunday or Monday before (depending on the destination), Thanksgiving Day and returning on Friday or the following Tuesday or better yet Wednesday after turkey day. To prove my point I ran a flexible search on ITA Software (below) for round-trip non-stop flights from Miami to New York for a four night stay and you can see which days are the cheapest to travel.

Keep in mind the airlines are expecting the busiest days to be Sunday, December 1, and Monday, December 2. The best day to fly will be Thanksgiving Day (November 28).

2. Consider the time of day

Everyone wants to leave after work and school so when doing your flight search don’t put a specific time. Generally, the most expensive times to fly are peak business travel hours (8 to 10 am and 5 to 7 pm). Cheaper seats tend to depart early in the morning (5 to 7 am) or late in the evening (after 8 pm). NOTE: By leaving early in the morning you have the best chance of not getting delayed.

3. Alternate airports

Not only do you want to be flexible with dates and times but be flexible with airports too. For example, rather than flying into (or out of) Miami when going to South Florida, check out Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) it s 25 miles north and usually much cheaper. You can also check out West Palm Beach, which is another 49 miles away. To help you with all the major U.S. alternative airports (by actual driving miles), I created a website called AlternateAirports.com. To see what I m talking about, see the flexible search for flights from NYC to FLL below.

4. Consider making a stop

Sometimes booking a flight that has a connection as opposed to flying nonstop can save you money. But you have to ask yourself if it s really worth it. If it’s hundreds of dollars then yes, but if it’s just $20 do you really want to increase your chances of getting delayed or stuck? And be sure to avoid making connections in airports that have a terrible on-time track record like San Francisco, Chicago O’Hare or all of New York’s airports. Here’s a link to an airport and airline scorecard to help you make a good decision.

5. Search tools

Everyone knows there’s not one website out there that has the absolute cheapest price for airfares, hotels, car rentals, cruises and package deals so the trick is to do your research and check them all to see who has the best deal at that moment in time. That’s one of the reasons why I created JohnnyJet.com to begin with.

We now have a new search engine  (below) where all you have to do is input your city pairs and dates and click check rates. Six windows will open up as they simultaneously search a variety of travel websites like Expedia, Priceline and TripAdvisor. It not only saves you time but money. Check it out for yourself!

7. Speak to a human

You never know if an airline representative can find a better deal but in my experience, it’s usually only worth it (most charge a $25 fee) when booking a mileage award ticket since they can check partner airlines and alternate cities much quicker. To get in touch with your airline I created AirlineNumbers.com that lists all of the airline’s phone numbers and websites. To bypass the airlines annoying and time consuming automated prompts, log on to GetHuman.com .

8. Use frequent flier miles

It’s almost impossible to use your frequent flier miles during the holidays unless you are flexible with dates or are willing to use double or triple the usual amount. I don’t recommend the latter but last year I used 12,500 American miles to fly from Toronto to Los Angeles the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. If I left Sunday or Monday before it was double.

9. Hidden cities

This hidden city trick is against airline policy so you didn t learn it from me. But once I needed to get to Cleveland from L.A. and a nonstop one-way ticket was $600. I took my own advice and searched alternate airports and when I found a ticket to Buffalo for only $230 I noticed the flight first stops in Cleveland ON THAT SAME EXACT $600 flight. I know it makes no sense since Buffalo is farther from Cleveland and you have to take two flights instead of one but that’s the airlines for you.

If I wanted to break airline policy I could ve just gotten off in Cleveland and let my connecting ticket to BUF go to waste. But if I did that I would ve bought a one-way ticket, made sure not to check bags or put in my mileage account number. Remember I’m not recommending this and if you do it a lot you WILL get caught.





15/11/2017

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Analyzes Airline Tickets To Reveal Where Travelers Are Flying Out-of-State This

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Priceline.com Analyzes Airline Tickets To Reveal Where Travelers Are Flying Out-of-State This Thanksgiving And Christmas

NORWALK, Conn. Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Americans not staying home for the holidays are gladly giving up their traditional seat by the fire for sun and sand, according to the latest data analysis from priceline.com, a leader in online and mobile travel and part of The Priceline Group [NASDAQ: PCLN]. The brand recently looked at thousands of sold airline tickets for the upcoming holidays to see where residents across the country will be headed this season.

The number one out-of-state destination this Thanksgiving and Christmas is Florida. with California coming in as a close second. Travelers on the East Coast are heading south, and Midwest states are heading further west. Additionally, warm weather states are heading for colder weather and cold weather states are heading for warmer weather, such as Floridians flying to New York.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas being two of the busiest travel holidays of the year, Americans will be flying to visit friends and family, or to escape to a tropical resort for the holidays, said Brigit Zimmerman, Senior Vice President of Air and Vacation Packages at priceline.com. Priceline.com has airfare deals on last-minute flights to get travelers where they need to be and at savings up to 40% off retail rates.

Here is an overview of where travelers are flying out-of-state for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Thanksgiving : Represents flights booked on priceline.com departing between Nov. 20 th and Nov. 27 th. 2015.

  • The most popular out-of-state destinations are Florida and California .
  • Florida is the most popular destination for residents in 19 states.
  • Travelers on the East Coast from New York. Vermont. Maine and Massachusetts will be heading down south to Florida .
  • Travelers on the West and Midwest from Washington. Colorado. Arizona and Nebraska will be heading further west to California .

Christmas: Represents flights booked on priceline.com departing between Dec. 19 th and Dec. 31 st. 2015.

  • The most popular out-of-state destinations are Florida and California .
  • Florida is the most popular destination for residents in 25 states.
  • New York is the most popular destination for residents in only 4 states, including Arizona. Florida. Louisiana and South Carolina. which means that they will be trading in their sandals for snow boots this holiday.
  • New Yorkers are the most international travelers as four of their top destinations include Asia. South America. the Caribbean. and Europe .

For more information on priceline.com, visit www.priceline.com/media/ or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Priceline.com

Priceline.com, part of The Priceline Group [NASDAQ: PCLN], gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com’s famous Name Your Own Price service, which can deliver the lowest prices available, or Express Deals , where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding.





06/09/2017

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This Is How to Get the Cheapest Thanksgiving Flights #europe #travel

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The Secret to Getting a Ridiculously Cheap Thanksgiving Flight

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Every travel agency is saying something different, but there are some tips that aren’t up for debate

For years, travel search engines have scoured through their dense databases to determine the best day to book your Thanksgiving flights. This year, like every year, there s a lot of mixed messages on what to do if you ve procrastinated on booking tickets. Here s what the big players are advising for cheap domestic U.S. air tickets:

  • Kayak : Book in early November, about two to four weeks before Thanksgiving.
  • Skyscanner : Two weeks prior to Thanksgiving.
  • Orbitz . This Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday. If not then, then before Nov. 18.
  • Cheapair . It depends on way too many things.

So what s the takeaway? It s better to be safe and book flights now, but you if you re a risk taker, you can wait until the beginning of November to book your flights. But try not to wait until the week of Thanksgiving. It s also important to weigh the risks of an unexpected fare hike in light of what your benefits of waiting actually are. These hyped savings are usually only about 5 to 10% less than the average fare, which amounts to $15 to $30 if your ticket costs $300.

In fact, since airline fares are notoriously difficult to understand. often the better question to ask is what not to do when you re booking Thanksgiving flights.

Here are a few tips that travel search engines all agree on:

Don t book a departure flight on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), or a return flight on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30).

Airfares increase as flights get fuller, and the Wednesday and Sunday flanking the Thanksgiving holiday are when the most people are traveling. A simple airfare search shows just how much more expensive it is to book travel on one of these days. In some cases, fares are up to twice as high.

If you have to book for Wednesday or Sunday, then book your tickets as early as possible.

If you re locked into a Wednesday departure flight, aim for a Friday or Tuesday return flight, which is around 25% cheaper than returning on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, according to an analysis by Cheapair.

Booking a return flight on Sunday results in the most dramatic airfare spike, and there s not really much you can do to save money other than to book your departure flight on Thanksgiving Day. But the tradeoff of sacrificing a chunk of your holiday is a discount of only about 10%, so it may make more sense to pick a different day even if it s Wednesday. In general, having a Sunday return flight means you re stuck with a sky-high ticket price.

Consider booking a departure flight or return flight on Thanksgiving Day or both.

If you depart and return on Thanksgiving Day, your fare may be up to 30% cheaper than the average price, according to Kayak. And even if you only depart (and not return) on Thanksgiving, those savings are particularly meaningful when applied to longer, more expensive flights. For example, flying the JFK-LAX route departing on Thanksgiving instead of the day before can save you nearly $100.

Don t book flights in groups.

If you re booking as a family and there are only a few flights left in the lowest fare category, it s possible the airline will bump the entire party up to the next fare category, according to Cheapair. That doesn t mean you can t travel as a family, though: you just might have to book each person s ticket individually.

Check other smaller airports nearby.

There s often regional and even international airports near the ORDs, JFKs and LAXs of major U.S. cities. If you re in Chicago, for example, consider Chicago Midway Airport instead of O Hare; if you re in Los Angeles, consider Long Beach Airport instead of LAX. Both are cheaper airports than their neighboring giants, according to Cheapflights.com, which ranked the nation s 101 most affordable airports.

Check smaller airlines.

The five biggest U.S. airlines American, United, Delta, Southwest and JetBlue all increased their base fares slightly despite lower fuel prices and a worldwide fear of Ebola. While the effect on consumers is not yet clear, it s also worth checking out smaller airlines like Spirit, Frontier and Virgin.





20/08/2017

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights – Johnny Jet #cheapest

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

All my friends keep asking me how they can find cheap Thanksgiving flights. I feel like saying, don’t you remember what I told you last year and the year before? Hello. Strategies don’t change that much just the dates. Instead of losing my voice and mind, I created this guide so I can just send them the link.

For starters, the airlines are expecting to have full planes over the 12-day holiday period. But don’t sweat if you haven’t bought your tickets yet you will be happy to know that I haven’t either. And I’m not that worried because I always have a few tricks up my sleeve on how to save money.

10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

1. Be flexible

The key to finding cheap Thanksgiving flights is to be flexible with your days. If you aren’t flexible, then you aren’t going to get a deal and you can stop reading right now. It’s not that difficult to figure out that the most expensive time to fly is when everyone else is too. For example, everyone and their brother wants to leave the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and return on the Sunday or Monday after. I see you agreeing but guess what? You aren’t going to get a deal on those days so just stop trying.

That means the deals are going to be either the week before or the Sunday or Monday before (depending on the destination), Thanksgiving Day and returning on Friday or the following Tuesday or better yet Wednesday after turkey day. To prove my point I ran a flexible search on ITA Software (below) for round-trip non-stop flights from Miami to New York for a four night stay and you can see which days are the cheapest to travel.

Keep in mind the airlines are expecting the busiest days to be Sunday, December 1, and Monday, December 2. The best day to fly will be Thanksgiving Day (November 28).

2. Consider the time of day

Everyone wants to leave after work and school so when doing your flight search don’t put a specific time. Generally, the most expensive times to fly are peak business travel hours (8 to 10 am and 5 to 7 pm). Cheaper seats tend to depart early in the morning (5 to 7 am) or late in the evening (after 8 pm). NOTE: By leaving early in the morning you have the best chance of not getting delayed.

3. Alternate airports

Not only do you want to be flexible with dates and times but be flexible with airports too. For example, rather than flying into (or out of) Miami when going to South Florida, check out Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) it s 25 miles north and usually much cheaper. You can also check out West Palm Beach, which is another 49 miles away. To help you with all the major U.S. alternative airports (by actual driving miles), I created a website called AlternateAirports.com. To see what I m talking about, see the flexible search for flights from NYC to FLL below.

4. Consider making a stop

Sometimes booking a flight that has a connection as opposed to flying nonstop can save you money. But you have to ask yourself if it s really worth it. If it’s hundreds of dollars then yes, but if it’s just $20 do you really want to increase your chances of getting delayed or stuck? And be sure to avoid making connections in airports that have a terrible on-time track record like San Francisco, Chicago O’Hare or all of New York’s airports. Here’s a link to an airport and airline scorecard to help you make a good decision.

5. Search tools

Everyone knows there’s not one website out there that has the absolute cheapest price for airfares, hotels, car rentals, cruises and package deals so the trick is to do your research and check them all to see who has the best deal at that moment in time. That’s one of the reasons why I created JohnnyJet.com to begin with.

We now have a new search engine  (below) where all you have to do is input your city pairs and dates and click check rates. Six windows will open up as they simultaneously search a variety of travel websites like Expedia, Priceline and TripAdvisor. It not only saves you time but money. Check it out for yourself!

7. Speak to a human

You never know if an airline representative can find a better deal but in my experience, it’s usually only worth it (most charge a $25 fee) when booking a mileage award ticket since they can check partner airlines and alternate cities much quicker. To get in touch with your airline I created AirlineNumbers.com that lists all of the airline’s phone numbers and websites. To bypass the airlines annoying and time consuming automated prompts, log on to GetHuman.com .

8. Use frequent flier miles

It’s almost impossible to use your frequent flier miles during the holidays unless you are flexible with dates or are willing to use double or triple the usual amount. I don’t recommend the latter but last year I used 12,500 American miles to fly from Toronto to Los Angeles the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. If I left Sunday or Monday before it was double.

9. Hidden cities

This hidden city trick is against airline policy so you didn t learn it from me. But once I needed to get to Cleveland from L.A. and a nonstop one-way ticket was $600. I took my own advice and searched alternate airports and when I found a ticket to Buffalo for only $230 I noticed the flight first stops in Cleveland ON THAT SAME EXACT $600 flight. I know it makes no sense since Buffalo is farther from Cleveland and you have to take two flights instead of one but that’s the airlines for you.

If I wanted to break airline policy I could ve just gotten off in Cleveland and let my connecting ticket to BUF go to waste. But if I did that I would ve bought a one-way ticket, made sure not to check bags or put in my mileage account number. Remember I’m not recommending this and if you do it a lot you WILL get caught.





12/08/2017

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Thanksgiving Travel Tips: Holidays: Travel Channel #student #travel #agency

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Simplify Your Thanksgiving Travel Plans

The Thanksgiving holiday is undoubtedly the busiest travel time of the year with notorious transportation delays, traffic and travel snags all meeting travelers at nearly every turn. But with a bit of foresight and some Thanksgiving travel planning, you may ease some travel headaches whether you’re heading home for the holidays or escaping for a drama-free adventure. Regardless of your plans, you’ll be thankful for these Thanksgiving travel tips.

It’s never too early to start your holiday travel planning. In the early fall, you can take advantage of lower rates and seats aplenty. To jump on a bargain, sign up for sale notifications from your preferred airlines or Amtrak and follow your favorites on Twitter and Facebook where special sale notifications may pop up before they are available to the general public. Discover these other secrets to snagging travel deals .

Choose the Best Days

The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. closely followed by the Sunday after the big day when travelers tear themselves away from the leftovers and football to make the journey home. Avoid these days by flying out on Monday or Tuesday or even Thanksgiving morning to avoid the dreaded Wednesday travel rush. When you’re ready to head home, take flight on Friday when the masses have moved on from the airports to the shopping centers to score the best holiday deals. The crowds pick up again on Saturday, reaching a critical peak on Sunday, before leveling out on Monday.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

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09/08/2017

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Analyzes Airline Tickets To Reveal Where Travelers Are Flying Out-of-State This

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Priceline.com Analyzes Airline Tickets To Reveal Where Travelers Are Flying Out-of-State This Thanksgiving And Christmas

NORWALK, Conn. Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Americans not staying home for the holidays are gladly giving up their traditional seat by the fire for sun and sand, according to the latest data analysis from priceline.com, a leader in online and mobile travel and part of The Priceline Group [NASDAQ: PCLN]. The brand recently looked at thousands of sold airline tickets for the upcoming holidays to see where residents across the country will be headed this season.

The number one out-of-state destination this Thanksgiving and Christmas is Florida. with California coming in as a close second. Travelers on the East Coast are heading south, and Midwest states are heading further west. Additionally, warm weather states are heading for colder weather and cold weather states are heading for warmer weather, such as Floridians flying to New York.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas being two of the busiest travel holidays of the year, Americans will be flying to visit friends and family, or to escape to a tropical resort for the holidays, said Brigit Zimmerman, Senior Vice President of Air and Vacation Packages at priceline.com. Priceline.com has airfare deals on last-minute flights to get travelers where they need to be and at savings up to 40% off retail rates.

Here is an overview of where travelers are flying out-of-state for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Thanksgiving : Represents flights booked on priceline.com departing between Nov. 20 th and Nov. 27 th. 2015.

  • The most popular out-of-state destinations are Florida and California .
  • Florida is the most popular destination for residents in 19 states.
  • Travelers on the East Coast from New York. Vermont. Maine and Massachusetts will be heading down south to Florida .
  • Travelers on the West and Midwest from Washington. Colorado. Arizona and Nebraska will be heading further west to California .

Christmas: Represents flights booked on priceline.com departing between Dec. 19 th and Dec. 31 st. 2015.

  • The most popular out-of-state destinations are Florida and California .
  • Florida is the most popular destination for residents in 25 states.
  • New York is the most popular destination for residents in only 4 states, including Arizona. Florida. Louisiana and South Carolina. which means that they will be trading in their sandals for snow boots this holiday.
  • New Yorkers are the most international travelers as four of their top destinations include Asia. South America. the Caribbean. and Europe .

For more information on priceline.com, visit www.priceline.com/media/ or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Priceline.com, part of The Priceline Group [NASDAQ: PCLN], gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com’s famous Name Your Own Price service, which can deliver the lowest prices available, or Express Deals , where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding.





30/07/2017

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Thanksgiving, Christmas Cheap Flights 2015: How To Get Last-Minute Deals For

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Getting a cheap flight for Thanksgiving or Christmas (or whichever holiday you observe) is still possible. Here’s how. Getty Images

Sing it with me and Bing Crosby — you’ll be home for Christmas (and Thanksgiving). Whether you’re headed back to the town you grew up in, or taking an exotic vacation, don’t get ripped off by airlines. Even this close to the holidays, there are ways to nab inexpensive flights to get you where you want to go.

“Airfares in general are down this year,” Cheapflights.com editor Melisse Hinkle told USA Today . “And, while the Sunday after Thanksgiving is still in high demand, travel seems to be spreading out more across the holiday week and weekend.”

Choose your dates wisely. CheapAir found the best days to fly for Thanksgiving were Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 26-27, while the worst were Nov. 25 and Nov. 29. For Christmas and New Years, try Dec. 22-25 or Dec. 29-Jan. 1, avoiding Dec. 18-20 and Jan. 2-3.

Skip the nonstop. If you can afford a brief layover, it may help you afford your ticket. Check this site for a ranking of the best airports to kill time in (for the record: London’s Heathrow, San Francisco International and Vancouver International are all good).





14/07/2017

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When to Book Christmas Flights – Thanksgiving 2013 Fare Tips #travel

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The Best Time to Book Thanksgiving Holiday Flights 2013

Posted by PeterGreenberg.com on October 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

By now you know to expect high fares for Christmas and Thanksgiving travel, but there are a few booking secrets you can employ to get ahead of the pack. Here s what you can do to score to best deal on holiday flights 2013.

So How is 2013 Shaping Up?

Once again, airfare is up and by all analysis the 2013 holiday season will have higher fares than 2012.

Hotwire found that fall airfares for 2013 are up 4 to 5 percent for domestic travel. This fall, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Vancouver represent the best airfare deals for 2013.

Over the holidays, fares are on par with last year according to FareCompare. The site noted that prices are up just 1 percent over 2012, however 2012 prices were at an 8-year high.

Orbitz also noted a fare hike. On average, flights to the top 10 destinations over Thanksgiving are up 9.4 percent. Over the Christmas holiday flights are up 8.6 percent, and flights during New Year’s Eve are up 2.4 percent.

When to Book

If you’re thinking about Thanksgiving travel, it s probably too late to take advantage of this year’s lowest fares.

FareCompare CEO and co-founder Rick Seaney claimed last week that you can add $5 every day you wait to book your Thanksgiving ticket. If you wait until October 31, you can expect to pay $140 more.

Kayak  offered a more tempered approach. The lowest time to book Thanksgiving flights appeared between mid-August and Labor Day. After the August drop, fares were predicted to stay low until the last week of October. Last-minute flights after October are predicted to rise 21 percent.

Hipmunk offered yet another schedule for fare hikes. CEO Adam Goldstein noted that between August and September fares go up 35 percent, then an addition 10 percent in October and 15 percent in November.

When it comes to the holiday rush or any other seasonal rush, it’s always best to keep your eyes out for fare sales. For the legacy carriers you can periodically find fare sales for year-round travel, a 330-day travel period, says Peter Thornton, senior airfare analyst at Smarter Travel Media, parent company of Airfare Watchdog. BookingBuddy.com and other travel resources. Keep in mind a fare is not valid for all 330 days and blackouts will apply.

Thornton  notes,

“There will be more availability for the peak dates when [fare] sales happen just after the said travel period. February can be a good time to pounce on seats for peak holiday travel when the 330-day travel period flash sales occur. Of course, there is no guarantee that any given route will have one of those sales and no idea of knowing exactly when. Alerts are key.”

Of course, the standard wisdom about when to book applies. The best day to book flights remains at the start of the week. Hotwire suggests, “Book on Monday or Tuesday and fly on Tuesday or Wednesday to find the best deals, as planes are typically at their fullest Thursday through Monday.

If you’re even questioning whether the airfare you found for the holidays is a bargain, you’ve probably found a deal. To understand whether or not you have found a deal, search for the same route on a different days outside the holiday time period.

Don’t expect the best airfares of the year for holiday travel. Thornton confirms what we all already know too well: “You will pretty much never see the lowest fare on offer available for peak holiday travel dates. These dates can often be much, much higher than dates which are just a few days or a week apart from them.”

Instead, Thornton confirms that you will have found a deal if “the price for peak holiday travel is the same or only slightly higher than the off-peak prices (September/October, early November/December).”

The Best Days NOT to Travel for Thanksgiving and Christmas

If you’re worried about crowds at the airport, chances are you are flying during some of the most expensive days of the year.

If possible, avoid traveling on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving; December 21, the Saturday before Christmas; and December 28, the busiest day for both New Years and Christmas travel.

Orbitz noted that those traveling on November 27 will experience the most expensive airfares on average, paying $499, compare this to the cheapest average airfare of  $406 on Thanksgiving day. On Christmas, December 21 has an average airfare cost of $591, compared to $408 on Christmas Eve. For December 28, the most expensive departure date of the holiday week, the average airfare costs $513.

Airfare experts at Kayak confirm that Wednesday, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving is one of the most expensive days to travel. Also to be avoided are Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2, the dates most are returning home from Thanksgiving travel.

Kayak analysts also recommend avoiding December 21, which for them is considered the second-busiest travel day of the year.

The Best Days to Travel

When it comes to the cheapest days for travel over the holidays, fly on the actual holidays. For Thanksgiving, according to Kayak the least expensive is actually Thanksgiving Day. You’ll also save if you travel on the Monday or Tuesday before and the Saturday and Tuesday.

Additionally, you will save up to 20 percent if you depart close to or on Christmas Day and returning close to New Year’s Day.

If you don’t want to travel over the holidays, you can save money on airfares by traveling for longer. If you re able to take an extra long trip, (example leave before December 18 and returning after January 6) you shouldn t have too much trouble finding a decent price).

As you book, keep in mind these resources:

  • Bing Travel has a flight-prediction tool that suggests whether prices are expected to go up, down or remain the same, based on historical data.
  • Subscribe to airfare alerts to jump on airfare sales when they happen. AirfareWatchdog has them, as well as Travelzoo. Cheapoair. Hotwire. and Expedia. If you do score a deal, pay attention to the fine print in terms of blackout dates and cancellation policies.

By Lily J. Kosner for PeterGreenberg.com





11/07/2017

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Cheap gasoline fueling expanded Thanksgiving travel day – Fuel Fix #cheap

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Cheap gasoline fueling expanded Thanksgiving travel day

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An expanded version of America’s annual Thanksgiving travel saga has begun with gas prices low and terrorism fears high.

An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a car, plane, bus or train at least 50 miles from home over the long holiday weekend, according to the motoring organization AAA. That would be an increase of more than 300,000 people over last year, and the most travelers since 2007.

Among the reasons given for the increase: an improving economy and the cheapest gasoline for this time of year since 2008.

On Tuesday, some travelers were gearing up for an early exit.

Fanni Farago, 26, of Tempe, Arizona, sat in the Albuquerque airport with her sister Flora Farago, 30, while waiting for their parents to arrive from Dallas. The family was planning on driving to the mountain resort of Red River, New Mexico to revive a family Thanksgiving tradition.

“My parents warned us about the travel warning so we decide to get started early,” Fanni Farago. “And since it’s so cheap to drive, we are going to rent a car to go up to Red River.”

Anyone trekking to a major airport should factor in 50 extra minutes on the road, according to the traffic date company INRIX — and that’s just getting to the airport, never mind getting through security.

Though there have been no changes to the nation’s terror alert status, the recent attacks in Paris, West Africa and elsewhere prompted the State Department to warn American travelers about the risks overseas.

On Tuesday, the head of the Transportation Security Administration, Peter Neffenger, boasted that the U.S. has the world’s best aviation security and assured the public that TSA is “taking every measure to protect the millions of air travelers in the coming weeks.”

At the Phoenix airport, Teri Robert said the notion of flying from Arizona to West Virginia to see family gave her pause, but in the end she decided she had to go.

“I’m not going to let the terror alerts and things stop me, because then they win,” she said.

Airfares have increased just 69 cents on average since last year, according to the Airlines Reporting Corp. which processes ticket transactions for airlines and travel agencies.





09/07/2017

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Thanksgiving, Christmas Cheap Flights 2015: How To Get Last-Minute Deals For

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Thanksgiving, Christmas Cheap Flights 2015: How To Get Last-Minute Deals For The Holidays

Getting a cheap flight for Thanksgiving or Christmas (or whichever holiday you observe) is still possible. Here’s how. Getty Images

Sing it with me and Bing Crosby — you’ll be home for Christmas (and Thanksgiving). Whether you’re headed back to the town you grew up in, or taking an exotic vacation, don’t get ripped off by airlines. Even this close to the holidays, there are ways to nab inexpensive flights to get you where you want to go.

“Airfares in general are down this year,” Cheapflights.com editor Melisse Hinkle told USA Today . “And, while the Sunday after Thanksgiving is still in high demand, travel seems to be spreading out more across the holiday week and weekend.”

Choose your dates wisely. CheapAir found the best days to fly for Thanksgiving were Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 26-27, while the worst were Nov. 25 and Nov. 29. For Christmas and New Years, try Dec. 22-25 or Dec. 29-Jan. 1, avoiding Dec. 18-20 and Jan. 2-3.

Skip the nonstop. If you can afford a brief layover, it may help you afford your ticket. Check this site for a ranking of the best airports to kill time in (for the record: London’s Heathrow, San Francisco International and Vancouver International are all good).





25/05/2017

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Simplify Your Thanksgiving Travel Plans

The Thanksgiving holiday is undoubtedly the busiest travel time of the year with notorious transportation delays, traffic and travel snags all meeting travelers at nearly every turn. But with a bit of foresight and some Thanksgiving travel planning, you may ease some travel headaches whether you’re heading home for the holidays or escaping for a drama-free adventure. Regardless of your plans, you’ll be thankful for these Thanksgiving travel tips.

It’s never too early to start your holiday travel planning. In the early fall, you can take advantage of lower rates and seats aplenty. To jump on a bargain, sign up for sale notifications from your preferred airlines or Amtrak and follow your favorites on Twitter and Facebook where special sale notifications may pop up before they are available to the general public. Discover these other secrets to snagging travel deals .

Choose the Best Days

The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. closely followed by the Sunday after the big day when travelers tear themselves away from the leftovers and football to make the journey home. Avoid these days by flying out on Monday or Tuesday or even Thanksgiving morning to avoid the dreaded Wednesday travel rush. When you’re ready to head home, take flight on Friday when the masses have moved on from the airports to the shopping centers to score the best holiday deals. The crowds pick up again on Saturday, reaching a critical peak on Sunday, before leveling out on Monday.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Houston’s H-E-B Holiday Parade

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

America’s Thanksgiving Parade





15/05/2017

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Hotel, Cars for Biden’s Thanksgiving Trip to Italy and Croatia Cost

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Hotel, Cars for Biden’s Thanksgiving Trip to Italy and Croatia Cost $307,118

November 25, 2015 12:10 pm

Hotel rooms and car service for Vice President Joe Biden’s Thanksgiving trip to Rome and Croatia cost over $300,000, according to recently released government contracts.

The vice president, his wife, Jill, and other relatives are spending the holiday abroad. Biden is first making a stop in Zagreb, Croatia, for meetings, before heading to Italy on Wednesday.

The State Department issued four contracts for hotel rooms in Rome from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29, for a total cost of $208,582.

The government also spent $7,676 for “ambulance support” for Biden’s Rome trip.

For the Croatia leg of the trip, the government issued multiple contracts for car services.

Contracts were issued for car service in Croatia costing $23,997. along with $24,541 for Atlas vehicle rental, and $21,453 for taxi service.

Four additional contracts were issued for vehicle rentals in Croatia, in the amounts of $7,849. $862. $5,014. and $7,144 .

The total tab for hotels and car contracts released for the trip thus far is $307,118.

The vice president will be in Rome from Wednesday evening until Sunday, with two meetings scheduled on Friday.

“In Rome, the Vice President will meet with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi,” according to the White House press office. “Afterwards, the Vice President will hold a bilateral meeting with Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See.”

The New York Times reported that the Bidens and “some other relatives” are spending the holiday in Rome to avoid their usual family gathering in Nantucket because of the recent death of the vice-president’s son, Beau.





21/04/2017

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Thanksgiving, Christmas Cheap Flights 2014: How To Get Last-Minute Deals For

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Thanksgiving, Christmas Cheap Flights 2014: How To Get Last-Minute Deals For The Holidays

Getting home for the holidays can be a nightmare. Finding cheap flight deals doesn’t have to be. Reuters

Holidays are among the busiest — and most stressful — times to travel. With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas a little more than a month away, many Americans will be scrambling to book last-minute flights when airfares can be the most unpredictable and the least friendly to their bank accounts. “What you’re looking for are the best of the bad deals,” Rick Seaney, the CEO of the privately held FareCompare L.P. and an airline-industry insider, wrote for USA Today .

However, getting cheap flight deals this close to the holidays is doable — with a few sacrifices. “There are always going to be bargains, but it’s going to be in the bargain bin,” David Solomito, a representative of the travel website Kayak, told CBS New York. “For example, you’re going to have to travel on a 5 a.m. flight instead of maybe a more convenient 9 a.m. flight.”

If you failed to shop early this year for holiday flights, you’re not alone. Here are some tips for scoring last-minute airfares for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Sign up for airline newsletters. Sometimes, the best deals are available on the airlines’ own websites, according to airfarewatchdog. Getting alerts and emails from airlines can put you ahead of other travelers. You can also follow airfarewatchdog on Twitter for last-minute sales.

Check out last-minute flight deals on third-party websites. There are several sites dedicated to finding flight deals late in the game.

Holiday Pirates. At the time of this article’s publication, the website’s flights homepage offered for one day only nonstop flights from Phoenix, Ariz. starting at $39 one-way, including taxes, for travel between Dec. 2, 2014, and Feb. 12, 2015. The offer was being made by Frontier Airlines.

Google Flights. The service lets you compute how much money you’ll save by leaving a day earlier or by flying into a different airport.

Follow airlines on social media. Some airlines sell trips for huge discounts that were canceled at the last minute, Skyscanner noted. One of the best ways to catch these is to follow your preferred airline on Twitter and Facebook.





20/04/2017

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The Best Time to Book Thanksgiving Holiday Flights 2013

Posted by PeterGreenberg.com on October 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

By now you know to expect high fares for Christmas and Thanksgiving travel, but there are a few booking secrets you can employ to get ahead of the pack. Here s what you can do to score to best deal on holiday flights 2013.

So How is 2013 Shaping Up?

Once again, airfare is up and by all analysis the 2013 holiday season will have higher fares than 2012.

Hotwire found that fall airfares for 2013 are up 4 to 5 percent for domestic travel. This fall, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Vancouver represent the best airfare deals for 2013.

Over the holidays, fares are on par with last year according to FareCompare. The site noted that prices are up just 1 percent over 2012, however 2012 prices were at an 8-year high.

Orbitz also noted a fare hike. On average, flights to the top 10 destinations over Thanksgiving are up 9.4 percent. Over the Christmas holiday flights are up 8.6 percent, and flights during New Year’s Eve are up 2.4 percent.

When to Book

If you’re thinking about Thanksgiving travel, it s probably too late to take advantage of this year’s lowest fares.

FareCompare CEO and co-founder Rick Seaney claimed last week that you can add $5 every day you wait to book your Thanksgiving ticket. If you wait until October 31, you can expect to pay $140 more.

Kayak  offered a more tempered approach. The lowest time to book Thanksgiving flights appeared between mid-August and Labor Day. After the August drop, fares were predicted to stay low until the last week of October. Last-minute flights after October are predicted to rise 21 percent.

Hipmunk offered yet another schedule for fare hikes. CEO Adam Goldstein noted that between August and September fares go up 35 percent, then an addition 10 percent in October and 15 percent in November.

When it comes to the holiday rush or any other seasonal rush, it’s always best to keep your eyes out for fare sales. For the legacy carriers you can periodically find fare sales for year-round travel, a 330-day travel period, says Peter Thornton, senior airfare analyst at Smarter Travel Media, parent company of Airfare Watchdog. BookingBuddy.com and other travel resources. Keep in mind a fare is not valid for all 330 days and blackouts will apply.

Thornton  notes,

“There will be more availability for the peak dates when [fare] sales happen just after the said travel period. February can be a good time to pounce on seats for peak holiday travel when the 330-day travel period flash sales occur. Of course, there is no guarantee that any given route will have one of those sales and no idea of knowing exactly when. Alerts are key.”

Of course, the standard wisdom about when to book applies. The best day to book flights remains at the start of the week. Hotwire suggests, “Book on Monday or Tuesday and fly on Tuesday or Wednesday to find the best deals, as planes are typically at their fullest Thursday through Monday.

If you’re even questioning whether the airfare you found for the holidays is a bargain, you’ve probably found a deal. To understand whether or not you have found a deal, search for the same route on a different days outside the holiday time period.

Don’t expect the best airfares of the year for holiday travel. Thornton confirms what we all already know too well: “You will pretty much never see the lowest fare on offer available for peak holiday travel dates. These dates can often be much, much higher than dates which are just a few days or a week apart from them.”

Instead, Thornton confirms that you will have found a deal if “the price for peak holiday travel is the same or only slightly higher than the off-peak prices (September/October, early November/December).”

The Best Days NOT to Travel for Thanksgiving and Christmas

If you’re worried about crowds at the airport, chances are you are flying during some of the most expensive days of the year.

If possible, avoid traveling on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving; December 21, the Saturday before Christmas; and December 28, the busiest day for both New Years and Christmas travel.

Orbitz noted that those traveling on November 27 will experience the most expensive airfares on average, paying $499, compare this to the cheapest average airfare of  $406 on Thanksgiving day. On Christmas, December 21 has an average airfare cost of $591, compared to $408 on Christmas Eve. For December 28, the most expensive departure date of the holiday week, the average airfare costs $513.

Airfare experts at Kayak confirm that Wednesday, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving is one of the most expensive days to travel. Also to be avoided are Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2, the dates most are returning home from Thanksgiving travel.

Kayak analysts also recommend avoiding December 21, which for them is considered the second-busiest travel day of the year.

The Best Days to Travel

When it comes to the cheapest days for travel over the holidays, fly on the actual holidays. For Thanksgiving, according to Kayak the least expensive is actually Thanksgiving Day. You’ll also save if you travel on the Monday or Tuesday before and the Saturday and Tuesday.

Additionally, you will save up to 20 percent if you depart close to or on Christmas Day and returning close to New Year’s Day.

If you don’t want to travel over the holidays, you can save money on airfares by traveling for longer. If you re able to take an extra long trip, (example leave before December 18 and returning after January 6) you shouldn t have too much trouble finding a decent price).

As you book, keep in mind these resources:

  • Bing Travel has a flight-prediction tool that suggests whether prices are expected to go up, down or remain the same, based on historical data.
  • Subscribe to airfare alerts to jump on airfare sales when they happen. AirfareWatchdog has them, as well as Travelzoo. Cheapoair. Hotwire. and Expedia. If you do score a deal, pay attention to the fine print in terms of blackout dates and cancellation policies.

By Lily J. Kosner for PeterGreenberg.com





10/04/2017

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Simplify Your Thanksgiving Travel Plans

The Thanksgiving holiday is undoubtedly the busiest travel time of the year with notorious transportation delays, traffic and travel snags all meeting travelers at nearly every turn. But with a bit of foresight and some Thanksgiving travel planning, you may ease some travel headaches whether you’re heading home for the holidays or escaping for a drama-free adventure. Regardless of your plans, you’ll be thankful for these Thanksgiving travel tips.

It’s never too early to start your holiday travel planning. In the early fall, you can take advantage of lower rates and seats aplenty. To jump on a bargain, sign up for sale notifications from your preferred airlines or Amtrak and follow your favorites on Twitter and Facebook where special sale notifications may pop up before they are available to the general public. Discover these other secrets to snagging travel deals .

Choose the Best Days

The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. closely followed by the Sunday after the big day when travelers tear themselves away from the leftovers and football to make the journey home. Avoid these days by flying out on Monday or Tuesday or even Thanksgiving morning to avoid the dreaded Wednesday travel rush. When you’re ready to head home, take flight on Friday when the masses have moved on from the airports to the shopping centers to score the best holiday deals. The crowds pick up again on Saturday, reaching a critical peak on Sunday, before leveling out on Monday.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Houston’s H-E-B Holiday Parade

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

America’s Thanksgiving Parade





01/04/2017

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Analyzes Airline Tickets To Reveal Where Travelers Are Flying Out-of-State This

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Priceline.com Analyzes Airline Tickets To Reveal Where Travelers Are Flying Out-of-State This Thanksgiving And Christmas

NORWALK, Conn. Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Americans not staying home for the holidays are gladly giving up their traditional seat by the fire for sun and sand, according to the latest data analysis from priceline.com, a leader in online and mobile travel and part of The Priceline Group [NASDAQ: PCLN]. The brand recently looked at thousands of sold airline tickets for the upcoming holidays to see where residents across the country will be headed this season.

The number one out-of-state destination this Thanksgiving and Christmas is Florida. with California coming in as a close second. Travelers on the East Coast are heading south, and Midwest states are heading further west. Additionally, warm weather states are heading for colder weather and cold weather states are heading for warmer weather, such as Floridians flying to New York.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas being two of the busiest travel holidays of the year, Americans will be flying to visit friends and family, or to escape to a tropical resort for the holidays, said Brigit Zimmerman, Senior Vice President of Air and Vacation Packages at priceline.com. Priceline.com has airfare deals on last-minute flights to get travelers where they need to be and at savings up to 40% off retail rates.

Here is an overview of where travelers are flying out-of-state for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.

Thanksgiving : Represents flights booked on priceline.com departing between Nov. 20 th and Nov. 27 th. 2015.

  • The most popular out-of-state destinations are Florida and California .
  • Florida is the most popular destination for residents in 19 states.
  • Travelers on the East Coast from New York. Vermont. Maine and Massachusetts will be heading down south to Florida .
  • Travelers on the West and Midwest from Washington. Colorado. Arizona and Nebraska will be heading further west to California .

Christmas: Represents flights booked on priceline.com departing between Dec. 19 th and Dec. 31 st. 2015.

  • The most popular out-of-state destinations are Florida and California .
  • Florida is the most popular destination for residents in 25 states.
  • New York is the most popular destination for residents in only 4 states, including Arizona. Florida. Louisiana and South Carolina. which means that they will be trading in their sandals for snow boots this holiday.
  • New Yorkers are the most international travelers as four of their top destinations include Asia. South America. the Caribbean. and Europe .

For more information on priceline.com, visit www.priceline.com/media/ or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Priceline.com

Priceline.com, part of The Priceline Group [NASDAQ: PCLN], gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com’s famous Name Your Own Price service, which can deliver the lowest prices available, or Express Deals , where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding.





10/02/2017

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