Though you may have skipped spring break this year or canceled your family summer vacation, holiday travel might still be on the table. On the one hand, the coronavirus is nowhere near eradicated, so it’s hard to know whether it will be safe to travel by winter. But with ticket prices so low ― at least for now ― it can be tempting to get in while the getting’s good.
According to travel booking app Hopper, domestic flight prices around Christmastime have dropped 25% compared with 2019, reaching a new low of $275 round trip, on average. As for Thanksgiving, travelers can expect to spend 30% less on domestic flights than in 2019, with a new average low of $216 round trip.
Research the best cancellation policies
Airlines and hotels are understandably struggling right now. To encourage bookings, many have lowered not only their prices but also relaxed their cancellation policies.
American Airlines, for example, now allows customers who book tickets for travel through Sept. 30 for flights occurring before Dec. 31 to cancel or change their itinerary for no fee. Hyatt is allowing all reservations made for travel until July 31, 2021, to be changed or canceled up to 24 hours before check-in without a fee.