Expedia analysis shows many holiday flight routes busier, less expensive than last year

Data from Expedia.com® reveals a mix of news for the 2015 holiday travel season, some good, some less so.

Many popular flight routes this season will run fuller, meaning tighter confines inside already-packed December planes. The good news, however, is that many of those same routes will be less expensive to fly: average coach fares to the most popular holiday destinations between Dec. 18-31 are down more than five percent from 2014.

From 11/19 to 12/18, Expedia is flying one person a day home for the holidays with its #ExpediaSendMeHome campaign. To be considered, Instagram users are asked to follow @Expedia, share their favorite holiday photo and describe why they want to go home for the holidays with the hashtag #ExpediaSendMeHome. Full details can be found here.

The top ten busiest airports this holiday season are**:

Los Angeles (LAX)
Las Vegas (LAS)
Chicago (ORD)
Orlando (MCO)
New York (JFK)
San Francisco (SFO)
New York (LGA)
Atlanta (ATL)
Cancun (CUN)
Miami (MIA)

Top destinations for Christmas include many of the usual suspects such as Chicago, New York and Seattle. In fact, Expedia holiday data analysts have found that average ticket prices are down between five and 10 percent in some top destinations, including Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cancun and Orlando in addition to Chicago, New York and Seattle.

Additionally, travelers flying on some of the most popular holiday routes are likely saving more on their tickets versus last year.

“With so many more travelers flying home this season, it pays to do some homework and prepare yourself ahead of time so you can travel smart,” said Expedia Senior Editor and Travel Expert Sarah Gavin. Gavin´s top travel tips for the holiday season include:

Be flexible with travel dates. The most crowded travel day for the Christmas holiday is the day before Christmas Eve, so if flyers have the flexibility, they should consider traveling the Sunday before Christmas instead. Likewise, since the busiest day for New Year´s Eve travel is the day after Christmas, if possible, travelers should consider flying on New Year´s Eve.

Bundles are the gift that keep on giving. Customers who book airfare and hotel as a package — at the exact same time, vs. separately — on Expedia.com can save up to USD568, or nearly 20 percent. And for those in need of a rental car this season, book it as a package with a flight or hotel and potentially save nearly 55 percent (For pick-ups between 12/16 and 12/19/15).

Manage via Mobile. Modern travel apps are tightly attuned to the logistical specifics of travel, helping travelers with their itineraries, gate numbers, baggage claim carousels and any relevant changes or cancellations. Power up your travel app and keep it within reach at every stage of the trip.

Mind your manners. Expedia just released its annual list of Airplane Etiquette offenders. The most offensive air passenger is the “rear seat kicker.” The top five least-popular fellow passengers are:
Rear Seat Kicker
Inattentive Parent
Aromatic Passenger
Audio Insensitive (talking or music)
The Boozer

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