Holiday travel is up to 39% more expensive this year — here’s how to save money when traveling home – CNBC


Holiday travel season is upon us. Whether you’re headed home for Thanksgiving or planning a family trip for December, traveling is especially expensive during the holidays. According to data from the travel booking app Hopper, travelers can expect to pay up to 39% more for a round-trip flight around Christmas compared to last year.

Fortunately, there are still ways to avoid parting with a ton of your hard-earned cash. Select has you covered with tips and tricks on how to save money on your upcoming trips, plus a few tips on how to make your journey a bit smoother. 

Get TSA PreCheck and/or Global Entry membership fees refunded

TSA PreCheck and Global Entry are Trusted Traveler program options offered by the US Department of Homeland Security. They allow travelers to spend much less time waiting in the security lines at the airport, which can really come in handy if you’re worried about missing your flight. TSA PreCheck costs $78 and while Global Entry costs $100, both need to be renewed every five years (note that Global Entry includes a TSA PreCheck membership). But some people don’t know that you can actually have these fees refunded if you have the right credit card on hand.

Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card get a credit of up to $100 for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck ever four years, which can make signup for either service essentially free. And with the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, you can get a statement credit of up to $100 every four years to help cover Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fees.  

Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

Information about the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card has been collected independently by Select and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of the card prior to publication.

  • Rewards

    10X miles on hotels and rental cars, 5X miles on flights when booked via Capital One Travel; unlimited 2X miles on all other eligible purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    Earn 75,000 bonus miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening

  • Annual fee

  • Intro APR

  • Regular APR

    19.99% – 26.99% variable APR

  • Balance transfer fee

    3% for promotional APR offers; none for balances transferred at regular APR

  • Foreign transaction fees

  • Credit needed

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