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Waiting To Book Holiday Airfare Will Cost More Money

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Regardless of what city you fly out of this holiday season, it will likely cost you more than last year. Farecompare.com says airfares are up an average of 17 percent over last year.

Travelers at BNA say they have noticed the spike and all the airline fees are starting to add up.

"The biggest thing that bothers me are baggage fees," says Amber Housley. "It makes the fare go up even higher, and make the whole trip more expensive."

Farecompare.com reports airlines are raising ticket prices because they are busier. Air carriers were struggling to fill seats in 2009, but this year more people are flying. The website says travelers should book early for the holidays – ticket prices increase an average of $5 a day.

Travel website Orbitz.com says the busiest days for holiday travel are December 23 and December 26. The least busy days include Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Orbitz says Nashville International Airport will be one of the easiest airports to travel through this holiday season.

"This airport is more laid back," said Nashville passenger Edgar Copeland. "It's nice to get home."

The busiest airports include Chicago O'Hare and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International.

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