To me the most interesting thing in the latest Middle Seat column by Scott McCartney in the Wall Street Journal is the fact that more and more people are choosing to use their holiday vacation time not to fly home for the holidays but to jet off to a more exciting locale. Where is the hot spot for Thanksgiving? Where else but Las Vegas where the extended weekend of the Thanksgiving holiday can be spent on a weekend of indulgence that includes more than just too much turkey. The popularity of Las Vegas as a Thanksgiving getaway has led to some pricey fares. At American for example, the cheapest price on a Thanksgiving trip from New York to Las Vegas was $1,095 if you traveled on the day before Thanksgiving and left the following Sunday. Things get easier if you travel on Thanksgiving and then leave the following Tuesday (it only costs $335).
For Christmas the popular spots are often beach destinations. Flights to Hawaii are already on the rise and the same thing is true of flights to Florida. People are also using the holiday period to head to off on international getaways, especially to warm weather locations such as the Caribbean and Mexico. The advice of the experts is simple. If you haven't bought already, you need to buy now. And if you can be flexible on the dates you can save a bit of money, traveling on off peak days can save you money. The same is also good advice if you are flying by private jet charter. If you've already arranged for the time off, you should have already booked your flights.