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Frontier Airlines: Memorial Holiday Sale

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Each year, Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May. In 2012 , it falls on May 28 and marks the start of the summer season. It’s the day when outdoor cooking season starts with a barbecue. Or people just love to escape to the beaches. Regardless of what you plan to do, if you have traveling on your mind, then Frontier Airlines can help.

Book your ticket by May 28, 2012 and travel between May 24 and May 28, 2012. Seats are limited and the tickets are nonrefundable.

Some of the routes on sale are:

  • Atlanta to Denver $100
  • Chicago to Denver $74
  • Fort Lauderdale to Denver $124
  • Los Angeles to Denver $117
  • Orlando to Denver $134
  • Orlando to Kansas City $121
  • Portland to Colorado Springs $95

Read more details on the airline’s official site. And make sure to check out the airline’s Twitter account as well.

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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

Best and Worst Days to Travel for Thanksgiving

tgivingAnyone who has paid attention to the news in November each year knows that Thanksgiving is, by a long shot, the busiest time to travel in the United States. Every local TV station has its own crew at the airport on the day before Thanksgiving, hoping they’ll catch some irate traveler on camera who’s just been bumped from their third flight. But despite knowing it’s one of the worst times to travel each year, thousands of us still file into airports across the country and cross our fingers.

If you’re one of the people who absolutely can’t get out of flying home for Thanksgiving, then the next best option is to minimize your travel stress levels by avoiding the busiest travel days. This may mean you’ll need to take an extra day of vacation from work, but it’s worth it if you can spare the time. Because let’s face it, wouldn’t you rather be sitting in front of the TV eating leftover turkey and stuffing with your family than sitting in an uncomfortable airport chair waiting for an opening on the stand-by list?

>> In 2012, Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 22
>> Learn more about Thanksgiving travel deals

How to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Airfare

tgivingturkeyTraveling at Thanksgiving can be one of the most stressful things you’ll do all year, but if you end up paying too much for your ticket that’s just adding insult to injury. There’s not necessarily much you can do to make the airport less crowded or the weather any more pleasant for flying, but there’s definitely something you can do to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible on your ticket.

A few somethings, in fact.

In this article we’ll look at the best ways to find cheap airfare for Thanksgiving travel, some of which are tips that will apply to non-holiday travel and some of which really are targeted to these overly busy times at the airport. For starters, you should pat yourself on the back for taking the first step in getting a deal on Thanksgiving airfare – you’re doing the research. Well done.

Now take that forward momentum further with these tips, too.

>> Thanksgiving in 2012 is on Thursday, November 22
>> Find out more about Thanksgiving travel deals

Top 10 Busiest US Airports During Thanksgiving

crowded_airport.jpgThe holidays may seem like they’re a long way off, but they’ll be here before you know it. And this is the time of year when you need to be thinking about holiday travel – because if you wait until after Halloween, it’s almost too late.

As you probably know by now, a lot of people choose to cram themselves on airplanes and hurtle through the air at 50,000 feet all in the name of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holiday travel crowds are expected to be busier than ever this season and the smart traveler will do their part to avoid the 10 busiest airports during Thanksgiving.

If you have plans to travel to any of the locations below during the holidays, you might want to look into flying into smaller airports that are located nearby. It might add a bit to your costs, but sometimes paying a bit more is worth it if you can avoid the hassles of long airport lines and delayed flights that lead to missed connecting flights.

>> Thanksgiving in 2012 is on Thursday, November 22

>> Learn more about how to find Thanksgiving travel deals

Top 10 Busiest US Airports during Thanksgiving

  1. Chicago, IL – Chicago O’Hare (ORD) find cheap flights to Chicago for Thanksgiving
  2. Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) find cheap flights to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving
  3. Newark, NJ – Newark International Airport (EWR) find cheap flights to Newark for Thanksgiving
  4. Boston, MA – Logan International Airport (BOS) find cheap flights to Boston for Thanksgiving
  5. Denver, CO – Denver International Airport (DEN) find cheap flights to Denver for Thanksgiving
  6. New York, NY – La Guardia Airport (LGA) find cheap flights to New York for Thanksgiving
  7. Orlando, FL – Orlando International Airport (MCO) find cheap flights to Orlando for Thanksgiving
  8. Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) find cheap flights to Atlanta for Thanksgiving
  9. San Francisco, CA – San Francisco International Airport (SFO) find cheap flights to San Francisco for Thanksgiving
  10. Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) find cheap flights to Phoenix for Thanksgiving

January Travel Deals

For many people, December is a time to travel because you have to – not necessarily because you want to. We love the December holidays as much as the next person, and we certainly love hanging out with family (even if it means pre-dawn wake-up calls from the kids eager to open gifts), but traveling at Christmas is usually a headache and a half – not to mention expensive.

So, let’s assume you’ve survived Christmas travel (and, if you’re in the U.S., this likely follows Thanksgiving travel) and you need a real vacation to recover from your Christmas vacation. It’s time to reward yourself with a trip that’s all about what you want to do and where you want to go. And not only that, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, it might be time to escape the cold for a little bit and remind your body what sun feels like.

Labor Day Travel Tips for the Airport

laborday3So you’re planning to fly somewhere over Labor Day weekend? The good news is that getting through the airport won’t be as much of a headache as it can be (and usually is) around Thanksgiving or Christmas. The bad news is that the airport is still going to be busier than normal, and planes are still going to be full. Which all adds up to one thing – it’s a very good idea to be prepared to handle a busy airport, even if said airport doesn’t materialize.

Because the worst case scenario then is that you’re over-prepared and have a little more time to kill at the airport. Which is a helluva lot better than being under-prepared and missing your flight.

Most of these tips are going to be applicable whether you’re traveling on a busy holiday weekend like over Labor Day weekend or whether you’re traveling at a quieter time of year. It is, for instance, never a good idea to get to the airport just at the last minute. But because flying over Labor Day weekend doesn’t tend to be as crazy-busy as flying around some other holidays, you might have a little more wiggle room when it comes to time.

Now, don’t take that as my blessing to arrive at the airport 20 minutes before your flight is supposed to leave and then get irritated with me because I said you didn’t have to be as strict with your time. Be realistic, people. If you don’t mind missing your flight, that’s one thing. But if you actually want to get on the plane and go somewhere, then always give yourself plenty of time at the airport – no matter what time of year it is.

Assuming you’re doing the smart thing and getting to the airport early, here are our tips for making your passage through the airport over Labor Day weekend as hassle-free as possible.

>> Labor Day in 2012 is Monday, September 3th

How to Find Cheap Labor Day Airfare

laborday2Labor Day weekend in the United States generally means backyard barbecues or summer picnics, and usually it’s a big gathering of family or friends (or both). Most of the time, it just means a road trip to wherever the festivities are taking place, but the idea of getting a great deal on a plane ticket over Labor Day might just make you rethink the ho-hum barbecue route.

(That is, of course, not meant to be a slight against your family’s barbecue routine. I’m sure your dad’s grill skills are legendary, and your Aunt Clara’s potato salad enough reason to make the trip, but if they’ve done the same backyard party every year then they’ll be doing it next year, too, right? You can escape for one year. I promise.)

In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways you can get a Labor Day travel deal on a flight out of town for the weekend. Some of these tips are applicable at other times of the year (around other holidays and also between holidays), but some of them are more specific to holidays like Labor Day when people don’t feel the same compulsion to travel as they might around Thanksgiving or Christmas.

And hey, if you fail to find a killer price on a flight over Labor Day, then you’ve always got Aunt Clara’s potato salad to look forward to.

>> When is Labor Day? In 2012, it falls on Monday, September 3rd

Thanksgiving Travel Airport Survival Tips

busyairportLet’s just say you didn’t read up on the best days to travel at Thanksgiving in time for this year’s pilgrimage back to the homestead and you’re stuck at the airport on a day when it seems like all of humanity is sharing the terminal with you. Or, even worse, you did plan ahead but the airport’s a zoo anyway and people are getting bumped from flights right and left.

Rather than giving into the bedlam, rushing the check-in counter, and threatening bodily harm to everyone around you, you can stay a bit more relaxed in these situations if you’re armed with the necessary tools to help you survive the chaos that is Thanksgiving holiday travel at the airport.

Of course, if you’re one of those people who’s hoping to be bumped so you’ve got an excuse for not seeing your in-laws over Thanksgiving (or just to get a free flight or whatever the airline’s handing out as a reward to people who give up their seats), then feel free to ignore all of these tips. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.

>> Thanksgiving in 2012 is on Thursday, November 22
>> And because we know saving money is high on your list of things that prevent stress, here’s how to get a cheap ticket at Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving and Christmas in August

grinch.jpgRemember last year when you waited until the last possible second to purchase your tickets for your Thanksgiving and Christmas travel? As your bank account wept, you made a promise to not wait as long next year. You swore that you would get your tickets early so that you wouldn’t have to mortgage the house just to afford a trip during the holidays. You even put a reminder on your Outlook calendar so that you would buy your winter tickets during the summer months.

It is time to put your words into action. Sure the calendar might read August, but it is a good time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you book your flights and accommodations right now, you might actually have enough money left over to buy your family presents. Family members like presents. Or so I have been told. I usually wait until the last minute too and end up giving out airplane peanuts as presents. If you give out airplane peanuts you will earn a reputation as being a Grinch. It is not fun being a Grinch.

Not this year. This is the year when the holiday plans will be sorted out early and at a reasonable price