Get ahead on holiday getaway planning

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

It's never too early to start planning for the holidays.

Lesley Nagy, lifestyle editor at travelzoo.com, has some suggestions on how to beat the crowd when it comes to planning holiday vacations.

"You have to plan," Nagy said. "If you're taking flights, for example, 45 to 60 days in advance is when you should be booking your flight, especially if you're talking about New York."

Fly.com has a holiday fare calendar that shows the cheapest days to fly.

Cities such as New York, Las Vegas and Chicago are full of holiday spirit and perfect for a holiday getaway, according to Nagy. Each of these cities has deals for travelers.

New York
www.travelzoo.com/USA/New-York-City
-Holiday Inn Manhattan on 6th Avenue/26th street in Chelsea ($202 per night)
-Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio city Music Hall ($32.50-$42.50)
-Jay Z's 40/40 Club ($59 dinner for two)

Chicago
http://www.travelzoo.com/USA/Chicago
-Michigan Avenue Comfort Suites ($171 per night)
-CityPASS Chicago: visit Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Museum of Science ($94 for adults; $79 for children ages 3-11)
-Pizzeria UNO is where Chicago's iconic deep-dish pizza was created over 70 years ago ($69 dinner for two)

Las Vegas
http://www.travelzoo.com/USA/Las-Vegas
-Palms Casino Resort ($92 per night)
-Day or Night Helicopter Tours over Las Vegas Skyline ($69 for a 12-20 minute ride)
-"Marriage Can Be Murder" interactive comedy, murder mystery ($47.50 per ticket, includes 3-course dinner and beverage)

For more information, visit www.travelzoo.com.