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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Holiday travelers waited a little longer to book their flights this year, likely holding out for better deals and waiting to see if they would still have a job. And some aren't going at all.
Travelocity reports that the average advance purchase fell to 55 days for Thanksgiving travel this year. That's 2.6 days later than last year's average.
People flying in late December — around Christmas — waited to buy until 88 days in advance, down from 96 days last year, for domestic trips. For international trips, the average purchase was made 7.5 days later, or 110 days in advance.
Travelers have been watching fares fall all year and may have bet they'd get a better deal by waiting.
Airlines have tried to raise fares by tacking on $20 surcharges for peak days around Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, some carriers ran sales that included the holiday travel periods, said Henry Harteveldt, an analyst who tracks travel at Forrester Research in San Francisco.
He said many of the hotels they survey report getting 20 percent or more of their bookings within a week of the arrival date.
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