Haven't booked your holiday travel yet? No need to panic even at this late date, say experts, but it's best to get a move on and nail down airfares and travel dates now for both simple trips and longer holiday getaways. Finding flight times and fares that won't spoil the spirit of the season will be a lot easier if you follow a few helpful—and sometimes counterintuitive—hints and workarounds.
Staying realistic helps, too, said Michael Holtz, owner of New York luxury travel agency SmartFlyer. "There is still a lot of capacity [and] good value, but obviously not on peak travel days [e.g., the day before Thanksgiving and week between Christmas and New Year's] when, say, everyone in New York wants to go to South Beach," he added.
But despair not, said high-end travel agent Anne Morgan Scully, president of McCabe World Travel in McLean, Va. "People should be confident that if [they] want to go away they probably can," she said. "There's still great value out there, even over the holidays, depending on how you purchase your travel."
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