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Cheap Christmas travel deals 2018

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Find the best bargains for your holiday travels.

It’s no secret that the Christmas is one of the most popular times of year for travel — and flights and hotel rates spike accordingly. But don’t be discouraged. There are still plenty of ways to save on your Christmas travels this year.

Top holiday travel deals 2018

Booking.com Booking.com

Up to 50% off select bookings Plus free cancellation on most rooms

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Orbitz Orbitz

Up to 35% off top hotel destinations worldwide

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10 tips to get the cheapest Christmas flights and vacations

1. Fly on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

Flights during the week before Christmas Day tend to be the most expensive for the month, as everyone who’s searching for a Christmas getaway will want to be at their destination by the 25th. If you’re not that picky, fly on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. If you’re traveling somewhere that’s only an hour or two away, you might still be able to get to your holiday party destination before lunch.

Keep in mind that transportation to and from your hotel when you arrive might be tricky since some cities shut down or limit public transit on Christmas Day, or charge a public holiday surcharge.

2. If you can, fly back mid-January.

Most people who catch a flight before Christmas Day tend to fly back home just after New Year’s. So if it’s at all possible, try to avoid flights during the week following New Year’s Day to cash in on the cheaper fares that follow.

3. Vacation in a country that doesn’t celebrate Christmas.

Where there will be Christmas celebrations, tourists will flock. If you’re up for a holiday adventure, choose places that don’t necessarily celebrate this time of year, like China, Cambodia, Japan and Morocco. You might find less of a hike in airfares to these destinations.

4. Pick destinations that are generally more affordable.

Shave costs by choosing destinations that are either closer to home or are more affordable.

You’ll pay a premium for plane tickets to New York City over the holidays, for example, whereas flights to less touristy areas shouldn’t fluctuate in price as much.

5. Keep it local.

If you don’t have to fly to see relatives during the holidays, consider staying local until the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has died down. Then, take your vacation or family trip and save hundreds.

6. Road trip it.

And while you’re keeping it local, might as well make it a scenic road trip instead of a short flight. Not only could you save on bloated airfare this time of year, but you’ll also get to spend some extra time with your friends and family in the car.

7. Consider cheaper alternatives to hotels.

Booking through a short-term or vacation rental service like Airbnb or VRBO could save you tons during the holidays. But the catch is that you might have to book these accommodations well in advance, since this is a popular time to travel.

8. Go camping.

If you’re heading somewhere warm, make some new memories and go camping instead of booking a hotel room or renting a house.

Campsites are much cheaper than hotels or Airbnb-style accommodations, and they’re sometimes even free if you’re willing to forfeit facilities.

9. Opt for a package.

Bundled packages that include flights, lodging, rental cars and activities can be life savers during the peak travel period. Plus, you can stretch your holiday bucks by bundling your travel expenses if there’s no way around flying and staying in a hotel.

10. Fly without extras.

Not having any luck lowering the price of your actual flight? Consider forgoing extras like checked baggage, in-flight meals and drinks.

These perks on budget airlines significantly increase the price of your flight sometimes even doubling it. It may not seem like much, but if you’re traveling with a family of four, these extras can easily add up to an extra night’s hotel stay. Think of it as a bonus vacation.

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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