DON'T avoid flying on the actual holiday.

 

 

Changing your departure or return date by one day can save major cash. The biggest savings typically come with flying on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. The exception is if you're traveling over a three-day weekend around Labor Day or Memorial Day. Then, everyone is looking to fly on the actual holiday, so that's the perfect time to try and extend your vacation by a day.

 

 

 

 

DO search for two one-way fares, even on different airlines.
 

While some airlines charge extra for a one-way fare, it can pay to compare. Just make sure to triple-check the dates, times and cities so you don't book two tickets from, say, Seattle to LA. Not that this has happened to any of our Deal Experts.
 

 

DON'T shy away from off-peak or shoulder-season travel.

 

During months when destinations see a lower volume of visitors, they respond by lowering flight and hotel prices. For example: Don't rule out Europe in winter. Flights are a bargain (think $500+ less than what you'd pay in peak months). In addition to fewer crowds, you can check out Christmas markets and escape feeling guilty for spending all your time indoors wandering museums, palaces and cathedrals. And is there anything more romantic than wandering centuries-old cobblestone streets while snowflakes fall dreamily from above?