Holiday flights up 40% over last year. How to find cheap flights

Haven’t booked your vacation flight yet? Be prepared to pay more. Much more, in fact.

CHARLOTTE, NC – If you still haven’t booked a flight for your vacation, be prepared to pay way more than you did for tickets.

The best time to book a vacation trip was in September. So what does it mean if you haven’t booked your trip? Simply put, you’ll pay a little more.

Rising fuel prices, staff shortages and fewer scheduled flights are factors that drive more expensive airfares. How much more? According to the latest figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statisticsairline tickets have increased by 42.9% since last October.

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And the longer you wait, the more expensive it will become, experts say. Ticket prices are expected to drop further as we get closer to Christmas. That’s not to say there’s nothing you can do to make sure you’re not overpaying.

WCNC Charlotte always asks “where’s the money?” If you need help, email WCNC Charlotte [email protected].

One strategy for finding a more affordable flight is to broaden your search, especially for flights to major airports. For example, if you’re flying to New York, don’t just look for flights to JFK or LaGuardia. A flight to nearby Newark, New Jersey might be a cheaper option.

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