Travel experts say airfare up 7 percent from last Thanksgiving

The clock is ticking if you need to book a flight for the thanksgiving holiday, and airfare is up compared to last year.

According to Travelocity, Thanksgiving airfare is up 7 percent from last year, an average price of $415 round trip.

If you haven't booked tickets already, travel experts say you're going to pay a high price.

If you have a specific budget, you may not be able to fly.

And Robert Hall knows that.

He's going back home to Chicago, but plans to fly back to North Carolina for the holiday.

"I'm hoping to beat the rush because prices generally increase closer to the holiday," he said.

But he may still be out of luck.

Travel agent Marsha Horowitz says the cheapest flights are offered at the start of the new year.

But if you're like Hall and haven't bought yours yet, all hope is not lost.

"Be very flexible," Horowitz said. "Look at the calendar. See if you could travel maybe on Thanksgiving Day or come back on Saturday."

Travel experts say if you can, book early flights, because they have a better on-time performance and security lines won't be as long.

Experts also say it doesn't hurt getting a travel agent, someone who knows the airline system.

Hall plans to buy his ticket once he gets back home, but he has a warning for the last-minute ticket buyers.

"I would say get on, don't wait, it's going to cost your money."

Before prices rise quicker than you can say "take off."

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