5 tips to secure a free last-minute holiday flight

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    By Summer Hull/MoneyTalksNews

    Purchasing airfare during peak holiday travel periods can be painful for your wallet. It's even worse if you wait too long and find yourself needing holiday flights at "last-minute" prices.

    But you can still fly for virtually no out-of-pocket cost if you have been stashing away airline miles. Award availability can be tough on peak travel dates, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to find if you use these five tips.

    Click ahead for 5 tips to secure a free last-minute holiday flight.