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Thanksgiving Travel Deals

turkeyWhen most of us think about the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s images of family dinners, great feasts, football games, and general happiness that probably come to mind first. For anyone who’s not within driving distance of all that stuff, however, the famously horrendous crowds at the airport follow closely behind.

Thanksgiving remains one of the worst times to travel in the U.S., and the increased volume of passengers – while annoying in and of itself – can lead to more delays, more cancellations, and (perhaps worst of all) more expensive tickets. Some of the problems that are associated with Thanksgiving travel can’t be avoided so much as prepared for, but when it comes to paying too much for an airline ticket – that’s where we draw the line.

Chances are you’ll pay more to travel at Thanksgiving than you would if you traveled the week before, but there are definitely some things you can do to make sure you’re not paying top dollar for your flight. That’s just one of the topics covered in the helpful articles below.

>> In 2012, Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 222nd

Fall Travel Deals

We hear so often that we should avoid traveling during the high season – which is typically summer – that you’d have every right to feel smart when you start planning your next vacation for the fall. The autumn, after all, is one of the two “shoulder seasons” most destinations experience – that ideal combination of still-nice weather, smaller crowds, and lower prices.

Unfortunately, you’re not the only person who has clued into the benefits of shoulder season travel, so you might find it more difficult to score a bargain-basement travel deal this fall than you have in years past. The deals are still out there, and the prices remain more appealing overall than high-season prices, but it definitely pays to do your homework in advance.

The articles linked below are all geared toward helping you find travel deals for the fall, whether you’re going to the popular autumn destinations or not.

New Orleans Jazz Fest Travel Deals

Next to Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest is perhaps the second most popular time to be in New Orleans. Although the city’s reputation as a jazz-filled city isn’t without merit, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (most commonly known simply as Jazz Fest) runs the musical gamut from Dixieland to hip-hop to rock, and lots of stuff in between – not to mention scores of music fans. This is one of the many reasons why a trip to New Orleans Jazz Fest requires a little pre-planning.

To help you plan your own trip to see New Orleans Jazz Fest, then, here are some articles we’ve published recently – including tips on finding cheap airfare and other ways to get to New Orleans and the festival grounds. You’ll also find links below for accommodation in the Crescent City to help complete your travel planning.

>> New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2012 is April 27 – May 6. 

How to Get to New Orleans Jazz Fest

When you’re asking about how to get to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the easy answer is that since the location is in the event’s name it shouldn’t be hard to locate.

In point of fact, the Crescent City’s famous jazz festival has been held in the same location since 1972 (the Fair Grounds Race Course), and it happens to be pretty close to the popular French Quarter – so once you get yourself to the city it’s actually not hard to find at all.

If the question is a broader one about the best way to get to the city and then to festival grounds, then here are your main options.

>> The 2011 New Orleans Jazz Fest runs from April 29-May 8.

What Airports to Use for New Orleans Jazz Fest

It shouldn’t surprise you that the closest airport to the New Orleans Jazz Fest is the main airport in New Orleans – but if you’re scouring the web for potential savings on airfare to New Orleans for the big music festival, then one thing you shouldn’t overlook is the option of flying into a different airport (and a different city) altogether.

Often, flying right into New Orleans’ main airport will be the cheapest option – but, depending on where you’re flying from, that’s not always going to be the case. The airports listed below are, after the primary New Orleans airport, between 70-120 miles from the Crescent City. In other words, it doesn’t hurt to check on flights into those airports in case you find a spectacular deal – especially if you don’t mind a little bit of a road trip after your flight.

>> New Orleans Jazz Fest is from April 29-May 8 in 2011.

How to Find Cheap Airfare to New Orleans Jazz Fest

Unless you’re lucky enough to live within driving distance of New Orleans, the first order of business upon planning a trip to see the popular annual music festival known as New Orleans Jazz Fest is to find yourself a cheap flight. Airfare is almost always the biggest part of any travel budget, so the more you can cut down on that expense the more you’ll save on your trip overall. And as we all know, the more you save on airfare, the more po’boys you can buy. Or something like that.

Flying to New Orleans for Jazz Fest isn’t usually as expensive as flying to the city for its most famous festival, Mardi Gras – but it’s not unheard of for airlines to raise their prices on flights to New Orleans right around Jazz Fest. They know more people than usual are traveling to the event, and when demand is higher it’s the ideal time (in the eye of the airline) to raise ticket prices.

The good news is that Jazz Fest occurs before the height of the busy summer travel season, so prices on airline tickets aren’t quite at their peak yet – and if you do a bit of homework before you buy, you can avoid paying the highest prices for your trip. Here are some tips to help you save money on your airfare for New Orleans Jazz Fest.

>> New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2012 is April 27 – May 6. 

How to Find Cheap Airfare for Cinco de Mayo

No matter where you’ve decided to spend Cinco de Mayo, if it’s not somewhere you can drive to easily then you’re looking at a flight – and the vast majority of the time, the biggest part of your travel budget is going to be what you pay for airfare. So, regardless of where you’re off to this May 5th, it’s a very good idea to figure out how to avoid spending too much on your ticket.

Most of the tips you’ve probably heard for saving money on airfare will apply to any time you book a ticket, but sometimes they’re even more important – and this is especially true if you’re traveling over a holiday or for a special event. The airlines have their holiday travel calendars out, too, and they know why you’re flying.

Here are some of the best tips for saving money on airfare, for a Cinco de Mayo trip and whenever you take to the skies.

>> Cinco de Mayo – May 5th – in 2012 falls on a Saturday.

How to Find Cheap Airfare for Easter

easter2Most of the time when you think about the Easter holiday, you probably think about egg hunts of your youth, the eggs you’ll dye with your own kids this Easter, or wearing your “Sunday best” to church. In short, it’s traditionally thought of as a holiday spent with family.

That doesn’t mean it can’t be a great time of year to travel, however, whether it’s for an Easter holiday celebration or not.

Because the date Easter falls on is a bit of a moving target, the first order of business is knowing when Easter is this year. Easter tends to pop up anywhere from the end of March through the end of April, which makes it ideal for taking advantage of spring travel deals – although the later in April Easter appears, the better chance you have in many places for nicer weather. Still, if saving money is your biggest concern, then planning a trip around Easter is a great option.

>> In 2012, Easter is on Sunday, April 8.

St. Patrick’s Day Travel Deals

stpaddys3Recently we’ve covered a few different aspects of traveling for St. Patrick’s Day, all aimed at helping you save money on your trip. But since you may not be checking in every single day we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss out on any of the advice we’ve been doling out. So you can consider this your “table of contents” to all our St. Patrick’s Day travel information, if you like.

This particular post is also going to be useful in that it’s got links to articles that aren’t just related to St. Patrick’s Day, but are full of great tips to help you save money on airfare anyway – so even if you were paying attention to all the St. Patrick’s Day travel deals posts, you might not have seen these.

Have a grand time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – wherever you are – and have an extra green beer (or 7) with all the money we helped you save on your airline ticket!

>> March 17 is on a Saturday in 2012. 

How to Find Cheap Coachella Airfare

coachella3Let’s face it – the people who go to the Coachella Music Festival aren’t generally the type who jet-set around the globe and have money to burn on airline tickets. So if you can’t drive all the way to the festival, that means you’ve got to fly to a nearby airport and then find ground transportation to Indio. Luckily for you, you’ve got a few airports to choose from – which means your chances of finding cheap airfare to the Coachella Festival are pretty good.

But the multitude of airports near Coachella isn’t the only way to get a cheap flight to the music festival. In this article, we’ll go over the tips you’ll need to find the best price on an air ticket to Coachella – and many of these tips will come in handy no matter where or when you’re looking for cheap fares for other trips, too.

>> In 2012, Coachella runs from April  13 – 15 and 20-22.