Story originally appeared on www.hiltongrandvacations.com.
If you’re planning on flying this holiday season, now’s the time to book your flights.
Travel experts project the second full week of September is the very best time to snag a great deal on holiday flights.
Those in the know report that domestic flights should drop 10 percent this month. They also predict that fares for international flights will beat both 2019 and 2020 prices.
The key is to act now. That’s because fares will gradually creep up about 11 percent until Halloween. Once November hits, they’ll shoot upwards of 40 percent for Thanksgiving flights and 18 percent for the three weeks before December 25. In some cases, you could end up paying double by waiting just a few extra weeks to buy your tickets.
Why So Low?
In general, it’s better to buy your airline tickets sooner rather than later. That’s because fares tend to rise the closer you book toward your departure date.
The pandemic has understandably made many people skittish about flying. That said, it might still be a good idea to buy airline tickets now even if you’re taking a wait-and-see approach.
In addition to catching the best deal, you’ll also benefit from many airlines’ relaxed change and cancellation policies. Some have entirely waived fees to change or cancel flights, while others drop them under certain circumstances. So definitely check out an airline’s change and cancellation policies before you book—in some cases, it might make sense to pay a little more for increased flexibility.
Holiday Travel Deals by the Numbers
7 Ways to Save on Holiday Airfare
Here are some tried-and-true ways to save on flights.
Don’t delay. By now, you already know that now is the time to buy. But if you’re still on the fence, it’s okay to wait until Halloween. But try not to wait any longer than that because insiders predict prices to surge in November.
Be flexible. This applies to both the time of day you fly and the day you fly. Generally speaking, the cheapest flights tend to take off in the early morning or late at night. (So don’t rule out the red-eye.)
When it comes to which days to fly over the holidays, the most expensive are Sunday, November 28, and Sunday, December 26. On the flip side, the most inexpensive days to fly are Monday, November 22, and Christmas Eve. Aggregator sites like Google Flights let you view prices for up to two months at a time.
DIY Malama with Redline Rafting
Redline Rafting’s easy and convenient malama program makes doing your part on Maui a no-brainer. Just head to the designated location from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. daily and look for the gray trucks that say “Malama Hawaii” on the tailgate. Then, grab a reusable trash bag and trash grabber from the back of the truck, and you’re ready to go.
On this self-guided cleanup, you clean where you choose, whether it’s the beach, boat ramp or street side. The goal is to fill one bag and then be on your way.
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