BEND, OR -- Although we’re still two weeks away from Halloween, Marie Dodds with AAA Oregon tells KBND it’s not too soon to make those holiday travel reservations. "If you do plan to travel, for Thanksgiving especially, do so as soon as possible. Especially if you’re flying, book that airline ticket now. One thing to keep in mind, if you have flexibility on the days that you travel, you will have much better pricing."
Dodds suggests consulting your calendar for the best prices. "The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is always the busiest travel day of the year, and everyone wants to come back the Sunday after Thanksgiving. So, if you can avoid those two days – go out Tuesday, or better yet, if you can actually travel early in the morning on Thanksgiving – you’ll find a price break there. And likewise, if you can postpone your return trip to Monday or Tuesday the following week, you can save as much as several hundred dollars on that ticket."
"The other thing to keep in mind, if you’re trying to book, say for a family of four, and you’re buying those airline tickets, buy them one at a time. If you’re trying to purchase four tickets at once but there’s only one economical fare left, you will not get that fair with four tickets. The catch is you have to make sure you have four seats on the plane," says Dodds. She adds, tickets can be linked up at the airline's website after the purchase, so the family is recognized as traveling together.