Airline ticket prices for vacations are already skyrocketing; here are some tips for booking

(WXYZ) – Frequent flyers may notice the cost of flying has dropped slightly over the past month, especially as demand wanes as schools resume.

But, if you’re even considering flying over the holidays at the end of the year, stop thinking about it and book it, according to a travel expert.

David Fishman, president of Cadillac Travel in Southfield, said six months ago was the best time to buy tickets for the holiday season. Airlines still don’t have enough inventory to meet flight demand, and staffing has been a major challenge.

“The sooner you buy your tickets, the better off you are when it comes to prices. So you should try to buy your tickets as soon as possible,” Fishman said.

If you want to jump to a popular destination, get ready for sticker clash.

“Basically, how much do we expect to pay for the tickets for the holidays? I asked.

“It’s really hard to say. It just depends on where you are going. But right now, I’ve seen ticket prices to Florida as high as over $1,000, to go to Florida!” Fishman said.

I found the same thing when I searched for Delta flights to Miami departing December 23 and returning on New Years Day. The base cabin seats were pretty much sold out and the main cabin seats were nearly $1,000 or more.

Fishman said there were two important points. First, be flexible. If you can book to come back before New Years or if you can leave after, it can save you money.

Second, buy a refundable ticket. It costs a bit more, but with COVID-19 still around, flu season coming up, and the ups and downs of winter, it’s a smart option so you can get your money back if you have to. to cancel.

Non-refundable tickets are less expensive, but in some cases Delta recognizes that you may be hit with a cancellation fee deducted from the cost of the flight, and any remaining value will be returned to you as electronic credit used when you purchase your next trip. by plane.

Fishman also highlighted the importance of getting travel insurance if you’ve invested a lot of money in your trip. What it covers varies by provider and the plan you choose, but it can include weather events that have canceled your trip, accidental injury or illness due to COVID-19, and even if your travel partner has been fired or fired from his job.

He said travel insurance typically costs 3-5% of the cost of your trip.