How to find last minute travel deals for the holidays

Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 19:40:45-05

If you’re looking for last minute deals, travel agencies say the best time to book a flight is right now.

“It's not too late,” Patti Edwards with Cruise Holidays of KC said. “If you've got flexibility and really if you're just ready to make a decision, pack your bags and go. And there are some interesting pockets of availability too. It's not across the board and the closer you are at looking at going, it's a little bit more picked over.”

Aaron Redburn, a UMKC student from Phoenix, Arizona says holiday travel can be quite the burden at times.

“The struggle of holiday travel; finding tickets, finding a good price for tickets, being able to get on the right flight at the right place,” he said.

Websites such as Kayak, CheapTickets, and Priceline are just a few to look at when comparing which prices are your best option depending on when you leave.

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Travel agents are also another route to go.

“It's never going to be more expensive for you to use a travel agent and if you want to narrow that search much quicker than just surfing and Googling, that's what travel agents are for,” Edwards said.

Edwards tells many people heading out for the holidays to not forget travel insurance.  

“During the holiday timeframes, there are always going to be delays and it may be a delay on the east coast due to weather. It's going to back up that process all across the country,” she said. “Good travel insurance policies will protect you in multiple ways for weather related delays, for last minute changes, for unexpected illness or even for something you know is preexisting.”

UMKC student, Chad Rick is from Atlanta, Georgia and says although he does tend to buy his plane tickets last minute, he does make sure he’s prepared.

“Always plan for the expected,” UMKC student, Chad Rick said. “Be safe and most of all have fun with the people you love.”

Edwards encourages people who haven’t booked a flight for the Thanksgiving holiday, to do so quickly, as prices will likely keep increasing.



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