Tips to save money on holiday travel

Published On: Oct 30 2012 09:57:21 AM PDT   Updated On: Oct 30 2012 11:40:34 AM PDT
Holday Travel
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Hopping on a plane this holiday season is expensive, so it helps to save every penny you can. Here are some tips on how you can save money if you plan on flying this holiday season.

First, if you haven't booked your flight yet, then do it now. The earlier you book a flight, the more money you will save. Travel fares tend to increase the closer we get to the holidays.

Make sure to buy plane tickets on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Fares are typically at their lowest those days because airlines often launch special discounts on Monday evenings, after observing what the demand is like through the day. Competitors then lower their prices to match the discounts. However, by Thursday or Friday, most - if not all - of the discounted tickets are gone.

Fly on holidays. This little trick can score you better deals because most people want to get to their destination the day or two before the holiday. Higher demand means higher prices.

Airport parking is another thing that is in high demand. The price to park takes a hike around the holidays, so don't drive yourself to the airport! See if a friend can drive you, call a cab or look into public transportation options.