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TRAVELOCITY FINDS CHRISTMAS AIRFARE RATES UP YOY




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TRAVELOCITY FINDS CHRISTMAS AIRFARE RATES UP YOY

Popular Holiday Destinations are Still Below Average and Offering Travelers Great Value

SOUTHLAKE, Texas – December 10, 2012 With Christmas and New Year's upon us, travelers are organizing the last of their holiday travel plans. Travelocity's winter data shows that the average round-trip domestic airfare this holiday season is $414, inclusive of tax, up nearly 9 percent from last year. International flights average $990, up 6 percent from 2011. The average daily rate for domestic hotels this winter is $151. These are the prices travelers want to beat when booking Christmas travel. And while average airfare is up, Travelocity has found that some of the most popular routes from top markets are actually below the average.

"While the average prices may be up, when looking at specific routes it's clear that there are still great deals left for the holidays," explains Courtney Scott, senior editor at Travelocity. "Many popular routes are still below the average price to beat, and if you are flexible and book a package you can see even more savings."

Top Routes Below the Price to Beat for Christmas

ORIGIN CITY

DESTINATION CITY

AVERAGE AIRFARE

Atlanta
Atlanta

New York City
Denver

$264
$315

Boston
Boston

Chicago
Washington DC

$298
$177

Chicago
Chicago

Los Angeles
Orlando

$408
$345

Dallas Fort Worth
Dallas Fort Worth

Los Angeles
New York

$367
$351

Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Denver
Dallas Fort Worth

$312
$372

New York City
New York City

Orlando
Chicago

$405
$299

Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Orlando
South Florida

$290
$372

San Francisco
San Francisco

Los Angeles
Denver

$166
$366

South Florida
South Florida

New York
Washington DC

$272
$236

Washington DC
Washington DC

South Florida
Orlando

$356
$321

CHEAPEST DAYS TO FLY DOMESTIC FOR CHRISTMAS 2012

Similar to Thanksgiving, being flexible with travel dates can save hundreds of dollars. As seen in the chart below, travelers who choose to depart December 23, 24 or 25 and return later in the week can save up to $379 dollars on their airfare as opposed to those who leave the weekend before Christmas. When booking flights on Travelocity, there's an option to search for flights within one to three days of your ideal departure and return date.

Cheapest Days to Fly for Christmas 2012

 

Return
12/26/2012

Return
12/27/2012

Return
12/28/2012

Return
12/29/2012

Return
12/30/2012

Return
12/31/2012

Return
1/1/2013

Depart
12/20/2012

$424

$430

$460

$480

$485

$490

$472

Depart
12/21/2012

$440

$453

$485

$539

$527

$496

$532

Depart
12/22/2012

$441

$462

$462

$495

$566

$532

$527

Depart
12/23/2012

$396

$400

$424

$453

$456

$487

$459

Depart
12/24/2012

$351

$330

$355

$393

$407

$381

$400

Depart
12/25/2012

$187

$283

$329

$384

$441

$373

$405

To save up 40 percent on hotels and packages for holiday travel visit www.travelocity.com/happyholidays.

For further information on Travelocity and holiday travel, visit: www.windowseatblog.com.

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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