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Update on last-minute holiday airfares
Tags: blog index, christmas airfare, holiday travel, priceline.com

 

I thought we'd take one more look at how holiday airfares are trending around the country.
 
As expected, we're seeing the effects of tight supply tied to those 4th quarter airline capacity cutbacks.  Also affecting average fares is the fact that tickets being booked now would be considered last-minute.
 
If you still need a ticket, you should check priceline.com's Best Days To Fly Calendar http://pcln.com/bestdays to see when the fares are a little cheaper.  And you can always bid on a ticket using our Name Your Own Price service to save a few more bucks.
 
Above all, please read my 12 Ways of Christmas Travel Savings posted on this blog.  It highlights 12 ways in which you can avoid paying airline extra fees.  It's worth a read. 
 
 
 
Average fares shown below are based on all tickets purchased by priceline.com customers between November 14 and December 15, 2011, for travel between December 16, 2011 and January 4, 2012.
 
CITY                          AVERAGE FARE               COMPARED TO LAST YEAR
 
Albuquerque                           $459                                        +9%
Baltimore                                $412                                        +18%
Chicago (Midway)                 $373                                        +18%
Chicago (O’Hare)                  $365                                        +3%
Cincinnati                               $452                                        +19%
Dallas (Love Field)                $398                                        +22%
Dallas (DFW)                         $410                                        +11%
Detroit                                     $440                                        +21%
Hartford                                   $467                                        +22%
Kansas City                            $388                                        +13%
Little Rock                               $456                                        +12%
Minneapolis                            $443                                        +22%
Nashville                                  $424                                        +16%
New Orleans                           $426                                        +22%
New York (JFK)                      $475                                        +21%
New York (LGA)                     $386                                        +15%
Newark                                    $451                                        +15%
Oklahoma City                        $470                                        +13%
Phoenix                                    $419                                        +8%
Portland                                   $500                                        +6%
Sacramento                            $501                                        +2%
Salt Lake City                         $469                                        +17%
San Antonio                            $459                                        +21%
Washington (Reagan)            $418                                        +20%
Washington (Dulles)               $470                                        +14%
 
National Average                    $455                                        +15%
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