Less are flying during holiday season due to high ticket prices

POSTED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 11:03pm

UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 3:25pm

As Christmas gets closer, millions are expected to start hitting the roads and taking to the sky.

At the airport, ticket prices are higher compared to last year. Routes have been cut by all the major carrier to save on costs.

Passengers we spoke with at the Baton Rouge Airport this evening say planning in advance helped in a big way when it came to getting a good deal.

“I had to fly my other daughter in from Phoenix and didn't make advance ticket and so over Thanksgiving we had to pay a huge premium, so I will not do that again,” Julie Borelon, passenger at the Baton Rouge Airport, explained.

“The lack of flights is now inconvenient,” Sam Rohrer, another passenger, said. “My flights are delayed and there are not any alternatives. Last time I flew for the holidays I ended up overnighted in Memphis. Looks like that might happen again.”

AAA says those higher prices and fewer flights are making for less people flying this Christmas compared to last.

Recently we spoke with the President of Expedia Worldwide. He offered some tips on how to avoid those high prices. Click here to see that report.

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