Time to book holiday vacations, travel agents in Oklahoma City area say

Airfares are either up or flat this year and airlines plan to pack flights full, making seating limited. Travel agents say book now for the best selection and fare.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: September 15, 2012
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Mainz said Southwest Airlines offers a credit to customers whose flight decreases in price after they've bought their ticket.

“I encourage them to go ahead and book,” he said. “They can always rebook at the lower fare and use the credit for a future travel credit.”

According to the Travel Leaders survey, agents are counseling clients to get the most for their dollar by being flexible with times and dates and booking air travel as part of a tour or cruise package.

Turkey time

Bonnie Hedges, vice president of sales and marketing for Travel Leaders/Bentley Hedges Travel, said customers have mostly been interested in Thanksgiving trips to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico or cruises with their family.

The company also has had corporate customers purchasing travel gift certificates as rewards for their employees this year.

She said their agents haven't booked many Christmas trips yet.

“We have limited availability out of Oklahoma,” she said. “If you plan to fly anywhere during Christmas, you need to do it now.”

She also recommends purchasing trip cancellation insurance “because you never know what kind of weather we'll have.”


by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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We have limited availability out of Oklahoma. If you plan to fly anywhere during Christmas, you need to do it now.”

Bonnie HedgesVice president of sales and marketing for Travel Leaders/Bentley Hedges Travel

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