If it took autumn’s amber and crimson leaves to make you think about flying home for the holidays, you’ve nearly waited too long.
According to travel experts, peak travel dates for Thanksgiving are either sold out or are already very high. Christmas travel is more reasonable, but not for much longer. Alas, you don’t have to settle for a box of Captain Crunch cereal instead of mom’s turkey and dressing. While the average domestic flight out of Atlanta in the first quarter of 2010 was $355.65, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there are still ways to save on holiday travel.
Three travel gurus — Anne Banas executive editor of SmarterTravel.com; Terry Brennan, president of Williamsburg Travel Management, based in Atlanta; and Bob Diener, co-founder of getaroom.com, offer these tips:
Enjoy alternative travel: “Cruise lines, resorts and hotels have plenty of space at great prices,” said Brennan. “Usually the Caribbean bookings sellout a year in