Travel Sites That Help You Save on Thanksgiving Air Fare

Posted on: 8:38 am, November 8, 2012, by , updated on: 07:29pm, November 8, 2012

Flying around Thanksgiving will be more crowded and more expensive this year. Nearly 24 million people are expected to fly between Friday, Nov. 16th and Tuesday, Nov. 27th. That’s according to trade group Airlines for America.

Those extra people, in addition to fewer planes flying, will mean higher prices for you.

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on WHNT News 19, technology correspondent Michelle Stark offers up some tips on how to save money.

First and foremost? Start looking online, as early as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that prices will jump.There are are a number of websites on the net that aggregate – or bring together – lots of air fares in once place. Using these can save you time and money, but which one should you start with?

The return results are all going to be about the same, so whether you use Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline or something else – it really boils down to your personal preferences for searching.

If you like graphs, try HipMunk. Airfares are displayed in a color-coded model, organized by time of day and price. DoHop and Kayak both offer toggles on the left side of the page, so you can adjust departure time and number of stops. Tweaking these elements can often reveal hidden discounts.

Airfare Watchdog lets you program alerts for specific routes, so you’ll know right away when a deal pops up to a city of your choice. You can also check the airlines’ actual websites for deals.