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Higher Air Fares for Holiday Trips

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MORRISVILLE — The signs are all around. The holidayseason is fast approaching and for many it means now's the time to buy aticket home. This year, it's also going to mean higher prices for thosewho plan to fly.

Unless you already have a plane ticket in hand, fares will probably behigh and the word is they'll only get higher. Travel agent Susan Jordan says agents and airlines are suddenly getting swamped with calls frompeople who haven't booked flights yet.

Many did book in advance and that's part of the reason why prices areso high and lines so long at RDU International airport. Traveler MitchellPaige says he's glad he made his plans in advance.

Those like Danisha Thomas, a traveler who decided to try her luck andjust show up at the airport, say they were surprised.

Jordan says this is one of the most difficult times of year to travel,with Thanksgiving being a peak time. The Sunday after Thanksgiving istraditionally the busiest single day of travel in the year. She saysplanning and booking trips three months in advance is best.

Jordan also advises travelers to arrive at airports one-to-two hoursbefore the scheduled departure time.

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