MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Prices to travel by air for the holiday season are going up more than 50 percent, according to a new analysis by Kayak.
The online travel site says it looked at hundreds of millions of queries from travelers and finds those prices will go up within the next three weeks. Thanksgiving travel will go up by 17 percent, Christmas travel will go up 51 percent, and travel for New Years will go up 25 percent.
The site finds that people who traveled the weekend before Christmas last year paid some of the highest prices but if you're flexible you can work around some of the prices. The closer you travel to Christmas Day the better. And the same goes for Thanksgiving. You'll likely find rates cheaper if you arrive the Monday or Tuesday before Thanksgiving and if you depart on Thanksgiving Day.
Some travelers say if costs get too high, they'll just stay home.
"The kids are getting older, and we were thinking about going some place warm, but if the prices skyrocket, I will stay home, says Chris Isbell.
"It's unfair to raise the prices on anything like gas or air travel during that time because people just want to be with their families," says Janice Fey Mitchell.
International flights are also expected to follow the same trend.