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You may not be ready to think about the holidays, but now is the time to start planning if you want to travel by airplane.

Airfare demand and fares have increased dramatically in 2010 and are expected to continue to rise according to American Express Business Travel Group.

Unfortunately, capacity isn't keeping up with the increase in demand, rising less than two percent over the year.

All this might mean a struggle to find affordable seats for those who wait to book their trip.

Here are some tips if you don't want to pay an arm and a leg for holiday travel, or miss out on booking a flight altogether:

  • Don't book a flight for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving - the busiest travel day of the year. Book a seat on the first flight on Thanksgiving morning to avoid the crowds and what airlines call "peak travel day fees."
  • Consider taking a bus if your destination is less than 400 miles away. Tickets are as little as one to thirty dollars  each way, and these days buses are more rider-friendly.
  • Use your frequent flyer miles for your hotel instead of your ticket. It could be harder to use them for airfare, and hotels have made it much easier to redeem your miles.

And don't forget to protect your holiday travel plans with travel insurance!

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