How to save money, How to find cheap flights for 2021 holiday travel, With feedback from seasoned travel pros, here's what to know about holiday travel before you book.
Now is the time to book flights for 2021 holiday travel, experts say.
Flight cancellation policies are still lenient and deals are available to many destinations.
Book your holiday flights now
With uncertainties surrounding COVID and travelers seeking low prices, some may be inclined to wait on booking any holiday travel.
But Scott's Cheap Flights founder Scott Keyes urges travelers to book holiday flights as soon as possible to get the best prices on airfare.
Don't wait on rental cars either if you need transportation once you land
Don't wait on booking a rental car either if you'll need one. A shortage in companies' fleets sent rental car prices soaring earlier in the pandemic and severely limited availability. Now that crunch has eased a bit, but demand during the peak holiday season could see a spike in the prices again.
Plan to pay more for domestic flights, and less for international trips
While demand for travel soared this summer as COVID cases plunged in the US, the rise of the Delta variant has reduced traveler appetite for international travel, Keyes said. "People's interest and demand for traveling overseas are still significantly diminished from where it was pre-pandemic," he said. "By most estimates, it's still down over 60 percent."
That means if you feel comfortable traveling abroad, you'll find good deals if you book ASAP, with the best prices around Thanksgiving.
Before booking, check for flexible airline policies and consider travel insurance
With the rise of the Delta variant, many airlines loosened cancellation rules to lure travelers to commit. In general, hotels, airlines, and other bookings across the travel industry expect to encounter cancellation policies that are better than they were pre-COVID but are not as flexible as last year.
'World's best airline' for 2021 revealed by Skytrax
Skytrax World Airline Awards are voted for by travelers via a customer survey, which this time ran from September 2019 to July 2021.
In the US market, Delta Air Lines was crowned Best Airline in North America and was recognized for Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat, Best Business Class in North America, and Best Premium Economy Class in North America. Delta was also the top-rated US airline overall, at number 30 on the overall list.
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