US online travel seller Travelocity said that its winter data shows that the average round-trip domestic airfare is USD 450 up 7.5% from last year.
In comparison, international airfare is USD 1,016, up only 2.5% from last year, a relatively small increase.
The average daily rate for domestic hotels this winter is USD 204 and USD 342 for international. These prices are known as the price to beat, but if travelers book early and are flexible with travel dates they can find better deals.
According to Travelocity´s Christmas Booking Barometer, which is based on bookings from the past three years, travelers should look to purchase Christmas airfare by November 12. Trends show a spike beginning around six weeks before Christmas day (around November 13).
If travelers are not sure of their travel plans yet, data shows that there is usually a drop in fares three weeks before the holiday (around December 4 10) and then it will increase again.
Travelocity always recommends being flexible with travel dates when possible to save additional money. Travelers can save more than USD 350 this Christmas if they are flexible with their travel dates. Travelers can expect to pay less if they leave for Christmas vacation Monday, December 23 or after.
Departing on the weekend prior will likely result in higher fares, the firm said. For returns, travel prices fluctuate about USD 100, and Travelocity data points to higher prices on Sunday, December 29 or Monday, December 30.
Find out more at www.travelocity.com.