DIA TRAVEL: Travel experts warn to book vacation trips in coming weeks

DENVER (KDVR) — Denver International Airport is the third-busiest airport in the world, with the holiday season being the busiest time of year. Travel experts tell FOX31 that gas prices are falling, which is impacting jet fuel, but an increase in travelers who may have postponed trips during the pandemic could drive up fares.

A passenger tells FOX31 that summer travel has been busy, causing long lines.

“We almost missed the flight,” he said.

Colorado AAA spokesperson Skyler McKinley told FOX31 that now is the time to book vacation travel because airports will be even busier in the coming months.

“I wouldn’t wait any longer than mid-September,” McKinley said.

The upward trend in air transport means a high number of jobs. Sixty-nine million passengers passed through DIA in 2019 just before the pandemic. That number has gone down, but Revenge Travelers, people just happy to fly with fewer restrictions, have those high numbers again.

“It will be the biggest Christmas season for Europe since the pandemic,” McKinley said.

Whether you’re traveling overseas or in the US, the earlier you book, the better. On August 14, the Problem Solvers found flights from Denver to Chicago departing December 18 and returning two days after Christmas for $420.

Travel experts said this year it will be important to carefully plan for the possibility of delays by booking extra time in case of an unplanned overnight stay.

“They expect the airlines to put them in place in the event of a cancellation, the airlines are not required to do this by law. In fact, they rarely do it because there are so many travel demand,” McKinley said.

Choosing to book the flight earlier in the day can reduce the risk of delays, and adding travel insurance can provide protection against the cost of cancellations. It’s also a good idea to stay informed of government guidelines for airlines.

“The FAA is considering new rules that say, you know, and if it’s more than three hours for a domestic flight and six hours for an international flight, you’re entitled to it. So watch very carefully what the FAA does in the coming weeks,” McKinley said.

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