DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new study by a travel watchdog group shows more people are putting off making their holiday travel plans, which could mean more costs.
Holiday season travels are up 9% from last year, according to travel site Airfare Watchdog, and many people still haven't booked those flights.
Amanda Norcross of Airfare Watchdog says: "35% of travelers are actually waiting to plan their travels this year, that's a 52% increase from last year."
Procrastinators often wind up paying more for their ticket.
Google Latoya Drake suggests using a search service to compare fares from multiple airlines.
"It lets you know when is the best time to book, give you alerts when a price goes to the lowest its going to go," Drake says.
But some low-cost carriers don't show up in third-party search results, so it might be worth it to check those airlines directly.
When you travel can also make a difference in price. Save money by extending your stay or flying on a holiday.
Scott Keye's of Scott's Cheap Flights suggests Christmas day.
"Traveling on those specific holidays can often be one of the cheapest days of the year to fly," he said.
The days before and after a holiday are generally the most expensive days to fly.