If you're flying, go soon

If you can speed up your holiday travel plans, the folks at hipmunk.com suggest it.

The online flight search engine says it has crunched more than a million holiday flight options from the nation's 55 busiest airports and found that the best weekends to fly until the end of the year are in October.

From Chicago, the cheapest weekend to fly from O'Hare International Airport is Oct. 26-28, with airfares as low as $158. By comparison, the lowest price during the cheapest weekend in November, from Nov. 9-11, was $277.

As for Thanksgiving travel, the lowest price from O'Hare was $305. The highest was $1,030.

The lesson is an oldie in travel: For the best deals, travel when other people aren't.

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