2007-11-07 13:20:36.0 Jane Engle, Assistant Travel Editor: Hi! Yes, you should see good fares during that time. In fact, some of the lowest fares and lowest hotel rates can be found between the big holidays because everyone is so focused on shopping and preparing. An exception is New York City. People flock there to do holiday shopping and hotels get booked.
2007-11-07 13:20:59.0 Administrator2: Ah, that makes sense. Well...good for me that I'm not going to a shopping mecca!
2007-11-07 13:21:06.0 Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: I've also used BootsnAll.com to get a round the world ticket (via AirTreks) and that gave me a value-added flight to Australia.
2007-11-07 13:21:11.0 Vani Rangachar, Deputy Travel Editor: Priceline also has a calendar: http://www.priceline.com/bestdays/BDTF_depart.asp
2007-11-07 13:21:31.0 Administrator2: I'll check these all out-- thanks a bunch.
2007-11-07 13:21:49.0 Administrator2: I've never heard of BootsnAll.com-- is that exclusively for international travel?
2007-11-07 13:23:45.0 Jane Engle, Assistant Travel Editor: Re:Getting good fares by staying over on Thursday. Yes, weekday fares are usually better.
2007-11-07 13:23:52.0 Vani Rangachar, Deputy Travel Editor: One way I reduced fares on holiday travel was to fly on the day of the holiday, Thanksgiving day or Christmas or New Years' Day
2007-11-07 13:23:55.0 schmulka: here's a tough one...my brother moved his family to Rhode Island and it looks like Thanksgiving is going to be there. Any interesting suggestions for Rhode Island?
2007-11-07 13:24:16.0 Rosemary McClure, Assistant Travel Editor: Jane mentioned that it's tough to find cheap hotels in New York, but the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan has a Thanksgiving holiday deal for $245 a night between Nov. 18 and 23. For reservations, call 888-833-3969 and ask for the Thanksgiving special.
2007-11-07 13:24:49.0 Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Schmulka, I don't even know the airport code for Rhode Island, but I can look it up :-)
2007-11-07 13:25:19.0 Vani Rangachar, Deputy Travel Editor: Providence is an alternative airport to Boston, and sometimes fares to those airports are cheaper.
2007-11-07 13:25:34.0 Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Kayak.com and Airfare Watchdog routine get me some of the lowest fares in my research, but I also use Farecast, FareCompare, and Sidestep.
2007-11-07 13:26:41.0 Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: And earlier this week we did an interview with Yapta CEO Tom Romary - their website lets you know when the price of your flight has lowered and how to get a refund, http://travel.latimes.com/daily-deal-blog/?p=929
2007-11-07 13:26:49.0 Jane Engle, Assistant Travel Editor: Good lead, Rosemary. Yes, out-of-towners head to New York City to shop, but they're more apt to fly to visit relatives in, say, Des Moines, over Thanksgiving. So some big-city hotels give deals over Thanksgiving.
2007-11-07 13:27:22.0 Administrator2: I haven't flown for quite a while and will need to for the holidays...what is the current situation as far as bringing liquids? Like...am I better off just buying toothpaste, shampoo and the like when I get there, just to avoid the headache?
2007-11-07 13:27:41.0 Administrator2: Or have restrictions eased up a bit?
2007-11-07 13:28:29.0 Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: I put my bigger liquids like shampoo and toothpaste in my checked luggage, and I buy water after I've crossed security
2007-11-07 13:29:12.0 Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: But, I felt like I just got away with something because in flying from SFO to LAS the other day, I had my make up in a Sephora bag instead of a ziplock sandwhich baggy and they didn't say anything