Book Your Holiday Vacation Air Travel Now

Book Your Holiday Vacation Air Travel Now
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Friday, September 25, 2009

In his radio show today, Clark Howard quoted an article in about how to get the best deals and rates on your holiday airfare. The airlines are anxious to fill the flights now, so they are offering better prices for your holiday travel.

They have also provided a couple of tips on the best days to travel.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, so try to head out a couple of days earlier or fly in on Thanksgiving Day. Your flight will likely be less expensive and less crowded. I flew to Long Beach, California once on Thanksgiving and the airports were not crowded at all. Of course the flight was direct and only a couple of hours, so it was doable.

The Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving are also very busy, so if you can wait until Tuesday or Wednesday to head home that is best.

This year the Christmas and New Year’s holiday has a bigger window of potential travel than usual. The airlines anticipate that business travel will be fairly non-existent between December 12 and January 11. This leaves a lot of seats to be filled for about 4 weeks. Again, now is the time to book those flights when the prices are lower and their are lots of options.

Because Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on a Friday this year, you should avoid traveling the Wednesday and Thursday before the holidays and wait until the Tuesday or Wednesday afterwards to get the best rates and again less crowded flights and airports.

Traveling on Christmas Day is sometimes a good option. I flew home from Palm Springs last year at about 4 PM on Christmas Day. The airport was empty. The employees told me their last flight was at 6 PM and there were 4 passengers booked on the flight.

Just as the airfares will increase as we get closer to the holiday periods, so will the lodging rates. When there is only a very small selection of vacation rentals left for the holidays, the rate goes up because there are so many last-minute planners trying to get into these few openings for their visits.

Additionally, if you book your holiday lodging now, you have much more selection than if you wait until the last minute. You have a much better chance of finding the perfect place to celebrate the holidays.

If you would like to stay in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental for the holidays, contact us today to confirm the best place for your family and friends. Remember, we always provide discounted lift tickets for Mt Hood Meadows, Timberline and Mt Hood SkiBowl to our guests as well. You can save up to $20 per person per day on your lift tickets.

All of our vacation rentals have fully-equipped kitchens which are ideal for preparing family feasts, fireplaces or woodstoves-always a plus on a cold, snowy night, entertainment systems for listening to music or watching your favorite movies and are fully furnished. Most homes have private outdoor hot tubs, offer free wifi and are also allow your family pooch to join you.

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