Monday, November 9, 2015

Due to increased airline competition and lower fuel prices, travelers can
expect holiday air travel to be cheaper than it was in 2014.
(Photo:
iStock)Second only to a forced conversation with your drunk uncle, expensive
airfare is the worst part of holiday travel.
But this year, travelers might
get a break.According to the travel website Hopper, airfare purchased in
November and December will be about 16 percent cheaper compared to last
year.
In addition, tickets purchased for Thanksgiving and Christmas travel are
expected to be about five percent lower than they were in 2014.The best part
is, there"s no catch!Related:"The Ultimate Guide to Booking Holiday
Travel
According to Hopper"s Chief Data Scientist, Patrick Surry, the
explanation is pretty simple.
"The oil price has dropped significantly and
that"s finally starting to get passed on to consumers," Surry told NBC
News.
"Giving the airlines more ability to compete on price."And those price
competitions have really benefited travelers.
Discount carriers like Southwest
Airlines and Spirit Airlines have both grown in capacity, and those added
seats are forcing other airlines to lower their prices.
"Routes from busy
airports, like LAX, are expected to be cheaper than they were in 2014.
(Photo:
iStock)When it comes to specific routes, the more popular it is, the cheaper
it will be.
Los Angeles International (LAX) is expected to be the busiest
airport in the U.S.
during Thanksgiving.
That means travelers will be able to
fly from LA to Atlanta for 34 percent less than last year.According to the
website FareCompare, ticket prices from Denver to Orlando will be 25 percent
cheaper, and New York to Dallas will see a stunning 42 percent price drop
compared to last year.Related:"Frontier and Spirit Raise Bag Fees Ahead of
Holiday SeasonBut cheaper fares means that airlines are finding other ways to
get your money."Last week, Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines both
announced that they would be raising baggage fees for the holiday
season.Frontier will increase fees for carry-on and checked bags by $5 to $10
depending on where you check in.And Spirit will charge an extra $2 for the
first checked bag from Dec.
16 to Jan.
4.So while airfare will likely be
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Due to increased airline
competition and lower fuel prices, travelers can expect holiday air travel to
be cheaper than it was in 2014.
The best part is, there's no catch!
Related: The Ultimate Guide to Booking Holiday Travel According to Hopper's
Chief Data Scientist, Patrick Surry, the explanation is pretty
simple.
"Giving the airlines more ability to compete on price." And those
price competitions have really benefited travelers.
Discount carriers like
Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines have both grown in capacity, and those
added seats are forcing other airlines to lower their prices.
  Routes from
busy airports, like LAX, are expected to be cheaper than they were in
2014..Due to increased airline competition and lower fuel prices, travelers
can expect holiday air travel to be cheaper than it was in 2014.
The best part
is, there's no catch! Related: The Ultimate Guide to Booking Holiday Travel
According to Hopper's Chief Data Scientist, Patrick Surry, the explanation
is pretty simple.
"Giving the airlines more ability to compete on price."
And those price competitions have really benefited travelers.
Discount
carriers like Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines have both grown in
capacity, and those added seats are forcing other airlines to lower their
prices.
  Routes from busy airports, like LAX, are expected to be cheaper
than they were in 2014.

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