2007-11-07 13:08:33.0 Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Hi Everybody!

2007-11-07 13:10:00.0 Vani Rangachar, Deputy Travel Editor: Hey Jen

2007-11-07 13:10:38.0 Rosemary McClure, Assistant Travel Editor: Hi, Jen

2007-11-07 13:11:28.0 Administrator2: Hi all, and welcome to the Travel Chat!

2007-11-07 13:12:11.0 Administrator2: We've got L.A. Times travel staffers Rosemary McClure, Jane Engle and Vani Rangachar and your favorite Daily Deal blogger Jen Leo! Welcome, guys!

2007-11-07 13:12:44.0 Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: While we wait for questions, we can talk about our own holiday travel plans

2007-11-07 13:13:39.0 Jane Engle, Assistant Travel Editor: Hi back! As we wait for some more questions, here's an overview of the holiday madness this year: People are booking earlier, so the peak dates over Thanksgiving and Christmas are producing sky-high fares. But you can save by staying flexible, varying your dates a bit and watching for sales. Yes, sales! Not a lot on the peak days, but in and around the holidays we're seeing from sales.

2007-11-07 13:14:10.0 Jane Engle, Assistant Travel Editor: Make that...some sales!

2007-11-07 13:14:15.0 Schecky: Hi - I need to go to Australia in January...the fares are super high. any suggestions?

2007-11-07 13:14:35.0 Vani Rangachar, Deputy Travel Editor: I am going to Goa, India, and suffered sticker shock when I bought the airfare.

2007-11-07 13:16:43.0 Jane Engle, Assistant Travel Editor: Vani says she has a couple of ideas on Australia, and will post soon.

2007-11-07 13:16:47.0 Vani Rangachar, Deputy Travel Editor: I just saw an aussie airpass on Qantas the other day for about $1,000 or so. Also you might try vayama.com, a site that focuses on international flights.

2007-11-07 13:17:45.0 Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Schecky, I recommend the Qantas Aussie Airpass for added value. They have a pass that gives you the flight over, plus three more domestic flights within Australia.

2007-11-07 13:17:54.0 Vani Rangachar, Deputy Travel Editor: Here's a link to the Qantas airpass: http://www.qantas.com.au/regions/dyn/us/specials/webDeals217

2007-11-07 13:18:08.0 Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Hi Schecky, I highly recommend the Qantas Aussie Air Pass. The pass gets you over to Australia and then gives you 3 domestic flights within Oz. http://www2.qantasusa.com/airpass/?id=latimes&alt_cam=us:176

2007-11-07 13:18:11.0 Administrator2: Hi guys-- I'm planning on going to visit family in Seattle sometime in the vicinity of the holidays...but I'm thinking of splitting it down the middle and traveling sometime BETWEEN Thanksgiving and Christmas. Is that a good way to get better fares, or are a lot of people doing this and canceling out any benefit there might be for choosing an "off" time?

2007-11-07 13:18:58.0 Administrator2: Sorry about double-answers, guys, we had a bit of a glitch there for a moment! Don't you just love technology?

2007-11-07 13:19:23.0 Jen Leo, Travel Deal Blogger: Hotwire put out a great Travel Planning Calendar for the holidays that gives you an idea of which specific dates are cheapest to travel. Get the pdf at: http://press.hotwire.com/index.php?s=expert

2007-11-07 13:19:33.0 Administrator2: Ah, I'll check that out! Thank you!