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 be afraid of the layover.

 

Even though a nonstop is ideal, you can sometimes save $100-$200 by stretching your legs during a plane change. Some airlines, like Icelandair, also offer free stopovers -- meaning you can extend your stay in the layover city and make it part of your vacation.