It may seem early to be thinking about the holidays, but a little bit of looking ahead can save you a big chunk of change! Book your flights this week to ensure you get the best prices for travel during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Read on to learn more about this recommendation and how you can get the most out of your holiday travel!
Travel and Leisure ~ ” Summer may be just starting to wind down, but the holidays are right around the corner. And it turns out now is the best time to book flights for the festive season, according to travel booking app Hopper.
‘For those ready to book, we suggest taking advantage of the lower fares available in mid-September, particularly for the Christmas holiday,’ Adit Damodaran, an economist with Hopper, told T+L. ‘Overall, we recommend that travelers start monitoring flights now and book no later than Halloween for Thanksgiving and Christmas travel in order to score good deals.’
In fact, after Oct. 31, Hopper said prices leading up to Thanksgiving tend to spike by 40% for domestic flights and prices for Christmas tend to rise by 18% in the three weeks before Dec. 25. When it comes to celebrating the holiday outside the country, prices for international flights tend to rise by 23% throughout December. To score the best deals, Hopper said travelers should look to fly on less popular days like Monday, Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving or on Christmas Eve. On the other hand, some of the most expensive days to fly are Sunday, Nov. 28th, and Sunday, Dec. 26.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, travelers are in luck this year. Damodaran said Thanksgiving airfare is ‘shaping up to be lower than pre-pandemic prices’ and will average $300 round trip for domestic flights, or 11% less than 2019. International airfare is also seeing ‘historic lows’ with flights coming in at 17% lower than in 2019. But Christmas is trending more expensive, averaging $430 round trip for domestic flights, or 10% more than 2019.” ~ Travel and Leisure
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