Thanksgiving Flights – Time to Look, Time to Book

Thanksgiving falls on a late date this year – Thursday, Nov. 28. But don’t think you’ve got all the time in the world to make plans. According to airfare analyst Rick Seaney, some of you need to get going and book your flights now. But only some.

Listen to airfare expert Rick Seaney’s advice on best time to buy tickets:

Who Should Book Tickets

If you plan to fly on what are traditionally the busiest days of this holiday period, start looking and booking now. Seats will fill quickly and prices may rise. So, reserve your tickets now if you plan to travel on these two days:

  • Wednesday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 27)
  • Sunday after Thanksgiving (Dec. 1)

Quickest way to find cheap flights

Who Can Just Look

If you’ll be traveling other days, wait a couple of weeks, says analyst Seaney. “The airlines will start to release some cheaper seats for flights around Thanksgiving in early September.” Then you can start to shop.

What Will Thanksgiving Fares Cost

While Turkey Day ticket prices are traditionally among the most expensive of the year, Seaney provides some good news. “Our data shows ticket prices for Thanksgiving up about 1% compared to last year which is less than inflation.”

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Cheapest Dates to Fly at Thanksgiving

Here’s a way to save at least a little (and maybe a lot): Fly the cheapest days at Thanksgiving time.

  • Monday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 25)
  • Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30)
  • Monday after Thanksgiving (Dec. 2)

Even if you can only fly one of these cheaper dates, you’ll still get some benefit.

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Published: August 22, 2013