It has been said that as much as 20 percent of the population could be described as chronic procrastinators. If that’s you, and you haven’t done anything about Thanksgiving flights yet, we have two words of advice: Buy Now. But before you do, please read the following – you might save some money.
When You Fly Matters
The most popular days to fly for Thanksgiving are the Wednesday before the holiday (Nov. 27) and the Sunday after (Dec. 1). These are also the most expensive days to fly.
You can often save money by changing your itinerary to a Monday before departure and a Saturday after return (Nov. 25 to Nov. 31). You can also save by delaying your return until Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Check out these prices and see the savings:
Wed./Sun. Round-trip Price*
Mon./Sat. Round-trip Price*
|Richmond – Kansas City||$636||$465|
|New York – Los Angeles||$755||$496|
|Houston – Dallas||$313||$177|
*Note: These prices were valid earlier this week but airfares can and do change without notice, and those shown above may no longer be valid.
How You Fly Makes a Difference
Instead of a convenient non-stop route, try adding a stop (or two). Connecting flights can often save money, but you must compare to be sure.
Where You Fly Can Save Money, Too
Hubs typically offer cheaper fares between cities. If you live in a smaller town, see if flying in and out of the nearest big airport will provide significant savings (and this rule applies to destination airports, too).
Book with Miles
Thanksgiving travel could be a good time to cash in some of those excess miles to pay for (or put toward) your airfare, especially since some miles program miles expire. As they say, use it or lose it.