Still settling on holiday plans? If you’re taking time
off this December to visit loved ones across the country or enjoy an escape from winter weather, don’t hesitate much longer to book your airfare.
An analysis by flight-tracking website Hopper found that last year’s best deals on holiday flights occurred mid-October, and booking the week of Oct. 15 this year can save you up to 25 percent off peak fares.
Don’t stop there, though. Here are some additional ways to save on holiday flights this year.
1. Apply for a travel credit card
The holidays can be the best time to take advantage of generous credit card sign-up bonuses. It may take months for you to receive the bonus, but using your new card to purchase your airfare can help you chip away at the spending requirements.
If you’re not partial to a particular airline and plan to travel more throughout the year, the Discover It Miles Card offers the best first year bonus. Discover will match every mile you collect on the card (on any airline) at the end of your first year.
If you’re traveling with a partner or family, Alaska Airline Visa Signature Card may be your best bet. This card’s BOGO deal allows you to buy a plane ticket and get another one for free (taxes and fees not included).
“Choose a travel rewards card that offers both bonus points on travel spend and solid protections like trip delay insurance and baggage delay insurance,” she says.
Compare travel credit cards on Bankrate to find one that meets your needs.