Tampa International Airport
Tampa, Florida - Ticket prices are up sharply for Thanksgiving Day travel and Tampa is seeing the highest domestic ticket increase since last year, according to Travelocity.
Tampa saw a 15.6 percent increase since 2012, besting Atlanta, Washington, D.C., South Florida and Chicago.
Of the major cities across the U.S., Seattle saw the smallest increase with a less than 1 percent rise in ticket prices.
Experts suggest several reasons for higher prices out of Tampa, which include airlines using smaller aircrafts to fly to cities like Atlanta.
"Now they're using MD-80s and smaller aircrafts so they're going out fuller," said Cara Thornton with Bowen Travel in Tampa.
There is also the merger of several major carriers that operate out of Tampa International Airport.
Companies like Delta and Northwest Airlines, AirTran and Southwest Airlines, and United-Continental have merged, which shrank routes.
"We really don't have a hub here in Tampa anymore," said Thornton.
A quick check of prices booked for Thanksgiving travel shows prices tend to be cheaper when flying out of Orlando International Airport instead of Tampa.
Booking a flight from Tampa to Newark Airport the day before Thanksgiving and coming back on Sunday afterward would cost $357.
Parking in the economy lot to fly from Tampa would cost nine dollars-a-day.
A flight from Orlando to Newark, however, could run only $270.
RELATED: Flight saving tips- Cheaper to fly Tampa or Orlando?
Gas to and from the Orlando International Airport, which is about an hour-and-a-half away, would cost about $16 round trip for a compact car, and $10 a day for parking.
It would save air travelers about $50.
"I would recommend going on Thanksgiving Day and if you can extend your return past the Sunday and come home even Tuesday or Wednesday, you will get a much better fare," Thornton said.
For those who want to get the best price for travel during the winter holidays, experts recommend that you book now.
Here is a breakdown from Travelocity's website on when to get the best deal on Christmas Travel.
- Oct 30 - Nov 5, or 8 weeks before: $314
- Nov 6 - Nov 12, or 7 weeks before: $320
- Nov 13 - Nov 19, or 6 weeks before:$352
- Nov 20 - Nov 26, or 5 weeks before: $392
- Nov 27 - Dec 3, or 4 weeks before: $341
- Dec 4 - Dec 10, or 3 weeks before: $313
- Dec 11 - Dec 17, or 2 weeks before: $363
- Dec 18 - Dec 24, or 1 week before: $438