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TRAVELOCITY NAMES THE PRICE TO BEAT FOR THANKSGIVING AIRFARE




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TRAVELOCITY NAMES THE PRICE TO BEAT
FOR THANKSGIVING AIRFARE

Holiday Data Shows Consumers in Certain Cities
Can Get Cheaper Flights than the Average

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (Nov. 02, 2010) – With less than four weeks to go until Thanksgiving, the beginning of November is a critical time for travelers still shopping for their holiday airfare. Travelocity’s Thanksgiving Travel Report shows average domestic airfare for the holiday is $378 roundtrip, a good price point to use when gauging a deal. However, travelers may be able to snag a cheaper flight depending on their departure city and flexibility on dates.

The Price to Beat for Your City

As the holiday approaches, planes fill up and travelers have fewer options, so waiting to book becomes a gamble on both price and availability. But how do travelers know if they’re getting a good deal? Genevieve Shaw Brown, Travelocity’s senior editor, recommends knowing the average airfare from your city. Travelocity analyzed average domestic airfare from top origination cities and found that many travelers could indeed find below average fares – if they don’t wait too long to book.


Average Domestic Airfare from Top Origination Cities for Thanksgiving

Departure City

Avg.

Departure City

Avg.

Departure City

Avg.

Departure City

Avg.

NYC

$386

San Francisco

$353

Philadelphia

$356

Orlando

$283

Los Angeles

$434

Boston

$392

Detroit

$376

Charlotte

$315

Wash DC

$364

South Florida

$325

Atlanta

$308

Houston

$391

Denver

$368

Dallas / Fort Worth

$366

Seattle

$420

Portland

$433

Chicago

$350

Minneapolis /St. Paul

$380

Phoenix

$344

Milwaukee

$295

Overall Average Domestic Airfare is $378

“Travelers who haven’t booked yet should keep average domestic airfare from their city in mind as they shop and jump on a good deal when they see one,” Brown said.

Thanksgiving Travel Report Highlights

  • Average airfare swings more than $185 depending on which days you fly. View Chart.
  • Average domestic hotel rate is $144 per night, up $4 over 2009 but down $20 over 2008.
  • Average domestic airfare is $378, up $26 over 2009 but still down $16 over 2008.
  • Christmas and New Year’s Travel Highlights

    Holiday travelers looking to book beyond the busy Thanksgiving travel period should also keep average airfare in mind. For the Christmas and New Year’s travel period, domestic airfare averages $457 and international airfare averages $900, up 13 percent and 15 percent respectively. Average domestic hotel rates are $185 and international hotel rates are $239 per night. Since more travelers take advantage of hotel stays over Christmas and New Years, Brown recommends booking a package deal that includes flight and hotel to save up to $525 per couple.

    About Travelocity Global

    Travelocity® is committed to being the traveler's champion -- before, during and after the trip – and provides the most comprehensive and proactive guarantee in the industry (http://www.travelocity.com/guarantee). This customer-driven focus, backed by 24/7 live phone support, competitive prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity one of the largest travel companies in the world. Travelocity also owns and operates: Travelocity Business® for corporate travel; igougo.com, a leading online travel community; lastminute.com, a leader in European online travel; and ZUJI, a leader in Asia-Pacific online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation, a world leader in travel marketing and distribution.

     

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