Boo! Book your holiday trips by Halloween or you’ll be haunted by higher fares, website warns

If you don’t want to be haunted by procrastination guilt, book your holiday trips by Halloween and you’ll be rewarded with low airfares unseen in recent years, an online travel booking service is recommending.

Travel costs are dramatically lower this year because fewer people are willing to make their traditional journeys home or to be with loved ones because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The service, Hopper, says in its 2020 Holiday Guidance Report that only 39% of those surveyed say they plan to travel this year, with 55% of them saying it will be their first trips since the pandemic began. 

Other surveys have noted the relatively low percentage of holiday travelers this year. AAA’s survey found 67% are uncertain about taking a vacation and travel site Travelocity discovered 57% say they won’t be taking a holiday trip at all.

The advice to make reservations by Halloween is roughly in line with advice from some other major travel sites. Expedia, for instance, says the better prices will go to those who book 30 to 60 days ahead of Thanksgiving or the year-end holidays. 

Hopper says those who heed its advice to book by Halloween are less likely to be spooked by higher airfares. The site found that airfares will fall about 40% compared with last year to an average of $173 for Thanksgiving and $222 for the year-end holidays.

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