The time is now to start booking holiday travel plans

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(ABC NEWS) — The clock ticking to get good deals on holiday travel.

“On average, fares are going up 5 dollars a day,” said Alex Williams of farecompare.com.

We wanted to see what it would cost to send my crew of four from Denver to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving. “You wait until November, you could pay up to 50% more on the price of airfare,” added Williams.

First, low-cost airliner Spirit.

The base price is about $1,100, but it is nowhere near done. That base fare doesn’t include the extra fees.

For example, if everyone has a carry-on and checks a bag, that’s more than $500. Picking seats together, another $80. These and other charges helping the total cost nearly double to $1,984.

By comparison, the same trip on United priced out at $1,717, so experts say compare the bottom line and read the fine print.

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