Book your holiday flights soon

Published Sep 26, 2012 at 05:00AM

Flying over the Thanksgiving holiday will not be cheap, but experts say those wishing to lock in the best prices and flight times should buy now.

Airfare is slightly higher this year than last year, analyst Rick Seaney, of FareCompare.com, said in a news release. He attributes it to a handful of domestic rate hikes throughout the past year and that airlines assume demand will be high. He also doesn’t expect last-minute bargains to pop up this year.

There are a couple of sweet spots for getting slightly cheaper tickets. Those include departing the Monday before Thanksgiving, departing Thanksgiving Day and returning any day except Sunday or Monday after the holiday.

Contact: www.FareCompare.com.

— Heidi Hagemeier, The Bulletin