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      When to book your holiday flight

      The American Automobile Association said 5.6 million people are expected to board a plane this holiday season.

      Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holiday periods are among the busiest travel times of the year according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

      Travel agents can help you find better airline rates with a booking fee ranging from $30 to $50.

      "It's not always easy to book flights out of the U.P., and we've been doing it so long that we kind of know the ins and outs of what to look for to get people the best deal," said Laura Chapman, owner of Holiday Travel Vacations in Marquette.

      "If you're traveling for the holidays, the sooner the better. Thanksgiving is so busy and booked already. Christmas is getting really full too," Chapman said.

      KAYAK, an online travel company, said for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve travel, on average, the cheapest airfares were found between September and mid-October.

      WIth four departing flights a day, Sawyer International Airport recommends travelers get to the airport at least an hour before departure.

      "Be prepared. It is a holiday. It's a busy time of year. It usually breaks records every year, and so you want to plan for that," said Duane Duray, airport manager.

      When it comes to Christmas travelers, KAYAK said try departing as close to the 25th as possible because last year this saved travelers more than 20 percent on average. The travel group also said try to avoid departing and returning during the weekends surrounding Christmas. Those fares were up to 24 percent above average.

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