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October 25, 2007 9:29 AM   Subscribe

For Canadian travelers, it's worth noting that train fares remain pretty stable, even in peak season. So if you need to travel during the $800/ticket period, it may be worth a look.
posted by anthill at 9:34 AM on October 25, 2007

For a while I avoided the sting by booking my return flight for Christmas Day, which dropped the price significantly. Leaving during the dead spot of Christmas afternoon seemed to suit me just fine.

What's funny is that when I got off the plane at Newark and headed for the train back into NYC, I realized that almost all the people waiting for the same train were homosexual men. like, literally two dozen of them. There we were, at 10:30 PM on Christmas, all of us having paid our dues and spent the least possible time at home with our families in the mid- and southwest, fleeing back to the cold breast of the city at the earliest possible instant.

Of course, the airlines are catching on and now the Christmas Day rates aren't really any cheaper.
posted by hermitosis at 9:43 AM on October 25, 2007 [5 favorites]

For Christmas, avoiding the Saturday December 22 departure will result in the biggest savings.

True that; we opted for the 23rd* and saved at least a couple hundred bucks.

*Does WestJet give you anything if you're flying on your birthday?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:07 AM on October 25, 2007

True that; we opted for the 23rd* and saved at least a couple hundred bucks.

Same here, but we also have to fly out of LaGuardia.

And if anyone wants to know why the hell this is happening, it's because airlines are increasing the frequency of flights but decreasing the size of planes. This has actually led to a net decrease in the number of seats, and the increased number of flights just means more delays with less passenger throughput.
posted by oaf at 1:20 PM on October 25, 2007

International flights are more expensive too--this time of year it used to be under 400rt to get to Europe, but not anymore--even with promotions and deals.
posted by amberglow at 1:43 PM on October 25, 2007

I am so happy I don't have to get on a plane for the holidays this year.
posted by msali at 2:26 PM on October 25, 2007

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