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TRAVELOCITY FINDS HOTEL PRICES DROP FOR THANKSGIVING WHILE AIRFARE RISES

With Thanksgiving – one of the busiest domestic travel periods of the year – less than two months away, Travelocity travel experts analyzed airfare and hotel booking data to offer consumers an early glimpse into travel prices for the Thanksgiving holiday. The news is mixed: While consumers will enjoy hotel deals over Thanksgiving weekend, cheap flights will be harder to find.

Average domestic airfare over Thanksgiving is $376 (inclusive of tax), about four percent higher compared to Thanksgiving 2010. Domestic hotel rates average $114 per night (inclusive of tax), a four percent decrease year-over-year.

Domestic fares out of the top 10 origination cities are mixed, ranging from a decline of eight percent (Dallas / Fort Worth) to an eight percent increase (Seattle).

Origination City

Avg. Domestic Fare

YoY Price Change

New York City

$366

+5%

Denver

$327

-4%

Washington, DC

$363

+6%

Los Angeles

$438

+3%

Chicago

$350

-5%

San Francisco

$460

+3%

Dallas / Fort Worth

$335

-8%

Boston

$374

flat

South Florida

$299

flat

Seattle

$423

+8%

When it comes to a peak travel period like Thanksgiving, knowledge is power. Just knowing what the going rate is out of your city can be tremendously helpful in knowing whether or not a fare is worth pulling the trigger on. Booking now will also yield a more reasonable price, not to mention more choices, than waiting until the last minute.


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My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.

How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.

Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.

Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.

First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.

First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.

Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.

My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.

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