We know it feels like you just got back from summer vacation, but the time is nigh for planning your holiday trip. Here, a breakdown on how not to break the bank. We?ll let the numbers do the talking.
The PureWow Travel Index:
45: Optimal number of days in advance to book a flight. If you?re flying December 21, you should book by November 6.
2: Number of cities you should be willing to visit if you want substantial discounts on airfare (via services like GetGoing's ?Pick Two, Get One? deals)
$25: Typical cost of checking an extra bag of gifts
$0: Cost of sending your presents on National Free Shipping Day
8: Percentage you can save by flying on a Tuesday (versus a Sunday)
$350: Typical rate for a Manhattan hotel room in December
$0: Amount you?ll pay for lodging if you do a home swap
84: Percentage of luxury hotels that charge for Internet access
8: Percentage of economy hotels that charge for Internet access
$14.25: Amount you?ll save filling your 19-gallon tank in Wyoming versus California. (We hear Cheyenne is lovely at Christmas.)
$4.50: Cost of a minibar Diet Coke. BYO, for the love of God.