Kayak offers tips to save on holiday travel


If you’re looking to travel over the holidays, Kayak offers some worthwhile tips.


The best time to book holiday travel in now through Dec. 10; average airfare for domestic travel around Christmas is expected to be $433, according to the online travel company. Travelers can save up to 6 percent in airfare by booking during this first week of December; prices are expected to rise again around mid month.


You can also save money by keeping your travel plans flexible. Kayak says the cheapest flights depart on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with return flights on either Dec. 27 or Dec. 29. Expect higher fares on flights leaving on Dec. 22 or Dec. 23 and returning Dec. 26, Dec. 27 or Dec. 29.


Wondering where everybody is going? The top holiday destinations, based on Kayak hotel searches, are:

New York

Las Vegas





You can save money by traveling to these destinations (where hotels are showing the biggest drop in rates from last year, Kayak says):


Los Angeles

San Diego



Punta Cana,Dominican Republic

San Juan,Puerto Rico


Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.