The cost of Christmas: Holiday travel

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Driving or flying during the holiday season is one of the major costs of Christmas. Last-minute flights cost more than double what they typically would. You could save money driving, but you'll spend a lot more time on the road.

"We're almost booked solid right now," Brian Kulpin of Reno-Tahoe International Airport says. "It's an incredibly busy travel week we have ahead of us."

If you decide to drive, keep in mind gas prices are up about 25 cents from December 2016. This year the average price is $2.65.

Regardless, if you decide to drive or fly, the best thing you can do is try to plan it out early.

"The best thing you can do is book ahead," Kulpin says.

Alejandro Acosta and his family flew to Reno from Mexico City. He says they booked three months ago and saved money.

"It was a good deal," Acosta says.

The Acostas paid $200 per person or $1,000 for the family of five to fly.