Before you know it, the holidays will be here and to beat the last minute travel crowds, here is when it is a good time to book those trips!
Nailing down the best prices for holiday flights can be a lot like playing frogger. Travel site Hopper analyzed flight data and found prices for Thanksgiving change 102 times between now and November 22 and Christmas prices fluctuate 152 times.
So how do you know when is the best time to book your flight for Thanksgiving and Christmas? The average round-trip ticket during Thanksgiving is about $288 and $320 for Christmas. The good news is ticket prices are lower than they were this time last year.
Getting a good deal on holiday travel is vital, especially if you purchase gifts, food, and any holiday attire. In order to take the guesswork out of when to book, when to travel and where to go, Hopper compared historical data with current prices to provide travelers with an idea of when to get the best deal.
Last year the best Thanksgiving deals came in late September. While you should start scanning flights now, Hopper says you may be able to wait a little longer and book Thanksgiving flights before the week of Halloween. At that point, prices are anticipated to spike.
You can also save money by booking flights for certain days during Thanksgiving. The biggest savings is to leave on Thursday, November 22 and return on Wednesday, November 28. You can also travel on Thanksgiving to save money or leave on Monday, November 19.
Make your Christmas flights a priority, according to Hopper. In fact, travelers should book tickets before buying for Thanksgiving as mid-October should have the best deals. Both trips should be secured before “The Great Pumpkin” makes an appearance.
As with Thanksgiving travel, when you fly makes a difference in price. The best deals are had if you depart on Tuesday, December 18 and return on Thursday, January 4. Since many have to be back to work by the New Year, you could return on Thursday, December 27 and still get a decent fare.
Time to get booking and making plans even in September!