Book now if you want cheap holiday airfare
Finding low-cost holiday airfare requires grit and determination, so use these tips to help blaze your way through the thicket of fluctuating prices.
For consumers who think they see a good fare but are unsure whether to snatch it, many airlines allow holds that lock in the price for up to 24 hours. Airfare Watchdog created a chart with a rundown of the airlines' and online travel sites' policies regarding ticket holds. If the airfare drops after the hold period, however, buyers may be out of luck. Airlines don't issue refunds although they generally let customers cancel a flight and rebook. But as outlined in Cheapism's airline fee guide, prices to do so run as high as $200 (at United, Delta, American, and US Airways) but may be as low as $50 to $75; Southwest Airlines doesn't charge anything at all. With some carriers, then, it probably pays to lock in holiday airfare now -- if the ticket price drops by more than the rebooking fee, you'll score a win.
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