I wrote a tip a couple of weeks ago about how airfares are going up 7% each month and will soon be at 2019 levels. If you want to take advantage of low fares, you’d better act now because they’re only going to go up. And that’s especially true for using your miles and points.

Thanks to one of my readers, Bruce N., for sending in this timely tip: “As a suggestion to your followers-now is a terrific time to make your airline reservations for Thanksgiving. My wife and I just booked our daughter a first class ticket on a AA Dreamliner from PHX-ORD for 19,000 miles for travel on the Wednesday (11/23) before Thanksgiving. I was shocked to see it was only 19K for first class on one of the busiest travel days of the year…”

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Bruce is absolutely right. I purchased tickets back in September for my family to fly LAX to JFK for just 20,000 AA miles a pop in business class and 18,000 to fly first class between Toronto and Los Angeles. These are incredible deals.

If you’re planning on traveling internationally and paying cash, I wouldn’t book an international carrier. Instead, book your tickets on a domestic carrier. That way, if you have to cancel your flights, you don’t have to worry about the money going to waste as you can always use the flight credit to travel domestically.

And if you’re wary about traveling because of COVID, then I would book tickets with Delta Air Lines since they came out last month offering customers the flexibility to rebook their ticket through December 31, 2023 and travel throughout 2024. So, if your plans change, it’s basically a no-lose situation since they’ve done away with change fees (except on the basic economy tickets.)

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