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 try to fly at least one leg of your trip on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.

 

Because planes are least full on these days of the week, these flights usually have the lowest fares. Side perk: Getting through airports is usually a breeze.

 

 

 

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?