RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - November is here, and if you haven't already booked your holiday air travel, you could be in trouble. Any seats left are going fast and prices are going up. Local travel experts say book now if you haven't already.
The idea window of opportunity to book your holiday travel has really already passed, but the reality is that a lot of people are just now finding out their work schedules or whether or not they can afford to travel. What you can expect at this point are fewer seats at a higher price.
Keeping in mind that flight prices can change by the hour, we did some checking earlier today on common travel websites and could easily see that prices are high.
For instance, if you were flying from Richmond to Seattle, you could get a flight that left the day before Thanksgiving and came back the Sunday after for between $600-$1,200.
The exact same flight pattern just a week later is much lower, between $250-$450. For Christmas, it's already back up again to between $400-$800 right now, and those numbers will likely keep climbing.
Windy Van Curen with AAA Mid-Atlantic, "a lot of times people think if you wait until the last minute, you will get the best travel deal, that's not necessarily the case this year; airfares are up 20 to 30 percent compared to last year."
Be aware that at this point you may not be able to get the schedule you were hoping for, and your families seats could be scattered. Once you do book, save by packing just a carry-on to avoid extra baggage fees. That will help you in other ways too.
Van Curen says, "if you can pack everything in a carry on and take just that, it's a good idea because that way heaven forbid it were to be a delay or cancellation, you have your stuff with you, it's not on the plane."
If your travel plans are flexible, one option that you may you want to consider is traveling on the actual holiday because you might find a cheaper fare.