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If you plan on traveling for the holidays,'s Ed Perkins recently predicted that the trend of cheaper flights that took place over the summer will continue through the winter.

"But the traditional spike in travel around Thanksgiving and Christmas means that good winter prices don't necessarily translate into holiday airfare bargains", reported. "However, since late last fall, the number of people traveling on major holidays has, by and large, been down compared to previous years."

A Bing Travel holiday forecast shows that fares are currently down 22 percent over last year for Thanksgiving travel and 17 percent for Christmas travel.

It has been no secret that the travel industry has been in a downturn, along with the rest of the economy. And one perception among travel customers is that you can get your best deals online. has a newly redesigned home page that is uncluttered and easily lets you find what you are looking for, including a Plan My Trip function that takes into consideration everything you would need for a trip from booking a flight and hotel to purchasing tickets to dozen of attractions. For many families, booking a trip as a package is their most affordable option.

"Regardless of uncertainty in other sectors, purchasing travel as a package (flight and hotel or flight and car, etc.) remains one of the best values for consumers", Amanda Borichevsky, Vollmer Public Relations vice president, said on behalf of Travelocity. "These are deals you can't get when booking components separately and you still have the control to hand pick the hotel, room type, and other details. Average savings on booking a package versus booking the same trip separately is $315."

A new way of finding out more information about that trip you are considering just might be a new social network that launched in late September. is like Facebook for travelers. As its home pages says",...where value-conscious travelers and industry insiders come together to share and learn how to travel better, smarter, and save some money along the way!"

And for holiday travel, the time to start looking is now. The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reported that airlines are tacking on fees for everything from snack food to baggage. The newspaper highlighted a Bureau of Transportation statistic that domestic carriers took in $669 million in the first of half of the year in bag fees alone. With these types of fees become more commonplace, many experts recommend shopping around now for your holiday travel plans so you can find bargains and cut your costs.

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