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Procrastinators snag better holiday flight deals

An AAA report shows there are decent priced tickets for last-minute holiday travelers.
Posted at 10:20 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 23:20:41-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — With thanksgiving just two weeks away, last minute travel plans can put many of us into panic mode.

Although procrastinating is stressful, a new report shows it could put more money in the wallet if you're flying this holiday season.

An AAA report shows for the last three years, it was procrastinators walking away with the steal.

The travel company collected data on holiday flight prices from 2016 to 2018.

Travelers who held off to book less than two weeks out from either Thanksgiving or Christmas, got the best deal.

For the planners, those who bought flights 61 to 180 days out from thanksgiving, they actually paid about $40 more than those who procrastinated.

While it might pay off to delay, most Omaha residents we talked with are not willing to gamble with their holiday travel.

"I usually like to have it planned ahead and I would get nervous that the flight would get booked if I was waiting until the last minute," Mallory Herbst said.

As for others, planning ahead helps with their budget.

"I usually go out about three week cause I figure that's when I can get the best deal and at least I'll be able to save up another pay check before going on my trip," Jason Myers said.

"Of course, the cheapest one," Linda Alsharis said. "We have the (travel) card and we use that, so we play with that."

AAA does warn people to plan. Procrastinating could snag a great deal waiting, or possibly leave you grounded with no available flight this holiday season.