Holiday travel costs higher this year - Tucson News Now

Holiday travel costs higher this year

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Millions will take to the road and to the air this year to make it home for the holidays.  Of the many who will be flying later this month, they will be paying more to do so.

Travelers can expect to pay about eight percent more this year than last year, that number can be even higher on certain days. 

The busiest travel days this season are the weekend before Christmas, December 22, 23 and 26; if you are flying on those peak days the ticket could be 27 percent higher that is according to travel websites Orbitz and Kayak.

Travelers are advised if they haven't purchased their tickets yet, or if their plans are flexible and they want to save money, experts recommend flying on Christmas Day or New Years Eve. That could save travelers hundreds of dollars.

Hotel prices are up as well, about ten percent higher than in 2011, that is for those who are not staying with family. 

Experts say that even though prices are going up, people are willing to pay to make it home for the holidays.

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