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Holiday fares are up 30% from 2007

September 14, 2008|From Times Wire Services

Expect to spend more to fly home for the holidays this year, say the experts at Live Search Farecast.

Fares for Thanksgiving 2008 are up 31% from 2007, while Christmas and New Year's fares for the coming season are up 30%, according to the website.

"The combination of high fuel prices, airline capacity and route cuts means holiday travelers may easily spend upward of $100 more per ticket than last year," said Joel Grus, a spokesman for Farecast at farecast.live.com.

Farecast found that the average cost nationally for the most popular Thanksgiving itinerary -- a Wednesday departure with a Sunday return -- was $490, up $66 from last year. Travelers returning on Monday or Tuesday can save more than $90 a ticket, the website said.

The website found Christmas and New Year's fares averaging $420.

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