On average, Americans take 54 percent more long-distance trips during the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday than any other time of the year, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Dates surrounding Thanksgiving aren’t far behind, with 23 percent more long-distance trips than the average. It’s no wonder it can feel like the entire nation congregates at airports during the holidays.
With demand so high for travel offerings, prices tend to soar. And to make matters worse, there are usually blackout dates on which you can’t claim those much-coveted travel rewards points or take advantage of special promotions.
So for now, while the holidays are still several weeks away, it might feel like you have plenty of time to explore your options. But in fact, if you want to stretch that travel budget, you need to start getting busy locking down your arrangements—right now.