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JetBlue Extends Booking Through January 3

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JetBlue has opened its booking window through January 3, 2012, making it the first low-cost carrier to put 2011 holiday flights on sale.

As of this week, you can now search and book Thanksgiving and Christmas fares if you are so inclined.

Not ready to think about the holidays? Neither are JetBlue’s rival low-cost carriers. Southwest is currently accepting reservations through November 4, and neither AirTran (soon to be Southwest) nor Virgin America are booking much past early November.  The larger legacy carriers (like American and United) are booking through the holidays and into 2012, however.

Readers, are you an early booking type, willing to gamble on a fare several months in advance just to dodge the stress of booking later? Or do you prefer to wait a bit, see what happens, and try to snag the best deal?

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