Survey shows seasonal price rise

With Christmas and Hanukkah now inside the airline industry’s 21-day advance purchase window, an airline ticket will cost an average of 14 percent more than it did a month ago.

According to a new best-days-to-fly survey released by priceline.com the holiday travel survey also found that last-minute travelers still can save up to $134 over average ticket prices by flying on off-peak days.

For the Christmas/Hanukkah period, consumers will save the most money (and spend the least on a ticket) by flying on December 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25 and 31. The least expensive departure day is December 15, when the average round-trip ticket price is $350. Average round-trip ticket price on December 20 is $383 and $358 for Christmas Day, December 25.

Holiday travelers will pay the most money for a ticket on December 22, 23, 26 and January 2. The most expensive departure day is December 23, when the average round-trip ticket price is $484. On Christmas Eve, the average round-trip ticket price is $405.

Priceline.com said it still has airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and air/hotel packages available for the holidays.

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Average prices were calculated using ticket price search results for the top 250 domestic markets for travel over the holiday period. Prices include all taxes and fees. Prices and availability are always subject to change.
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