Airline travel expected to be pricier for the holiday season

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Travel experts are warning airline passengers looking for a good deal for the holiday season to book soon or risk loosing out on finding a seat at all.

A recent study from American Express Travel found airline prices for domestic tickets up 9 percent, and international travel up 8 percent year-over-year.

"We're already seeing [prices] going up," said AAA Travel Agent Judy Blackburn. "Of course, a lot of it has to do with the days of travel."

The AAA in Myrtle Beach said they have been booking customers for holiday travel and that finding the best deal will most likely require flexibility.

"If anybody is going to Europe this holiday season, airfares are really going up," Blackburn said. "A lot of the cruise ports are also really filling up fast because cruises are so popular these days during the holidays."

Airlines have also tacked on new fees to everything from checked luggage to on-board food and beverages. Blackburn believes it's important for airline passengers to account for those fees when booking travel or they could be caught off-guard when they arrive for their flight.

Experts also suggest looking outside of your main airport for better deals as some regional or discount carriers will often fly to the non-traditional base airports and offer better deals.

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