Holiday airfare on the rise

Posted at: 11/15/2013 5:59 PM
Updated at: 11/15/2013 6:53 PM

If you were hoping to find a decent price for airfare this holiday season it may be too late!

If you have some wiggle room with your travel dates you may be able to shave a little off the fares, but travelers looking to book for the holidays at this point  may experience a bit of sticker shock.

Experts say travelers can expect super high airfares booking from now until the holidays. There are a couple of factors associated with paying higher prices to fly for the holidays. First, as usual many airlines are charging a premium  for travel on more favorable days, like the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Sunday after. Also there are 20 percent fewer seats and routes, and that drives up costs. And most flights to a lot of places are already full or almost full, which means airlines are charging higher prices.

Travel agent Christine Van Zile said "Again it's about how much you're willing to pay at the end. If you are booking last minute travel to now you're going to be spending probably a thousand dollars for airfare. Just for something simple for Florida what would normally be $256 is now a thousand dollars."

Gene Lindsey is traveling this holiday season. He said "I am retired so I had the advantage of staying longer. But for my son, who had to come and go very quickly, it was substantially more expensive and I used all the tricks I could to get the price down."

If  you are traveling to a smaller, less popular city, don't think you're off the hook for paying higher fares. Often times getting to the smaller city means traveling through a major hub where flights are fully booked.

As for options, if you can be flexible with the days you travel that will help reduce fares . Also, it's worth checking flights out of Buffalo, Syracuse and Toronto for lower prices. And if you're up for it, you might want to check out train fares.