7 for Christmas and booking now if you're flying to a smaller airport, according to the site's research. Stay in outlying hotels To save on lodging, head for the periphery. Hotels could be cheaper farther from the city center or major attractions. One exception: With business travel at a lull during the holidays, rates may be low in a city's financial district. Make hotel reservations far in advance Book hotels in advance, before they begin to approach full occupancy and rates start climbing. Although hotels sometimes offer a discount for paying in advance, many reservations can be canceled

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