Holiday Travel: When to Book?
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but if you are reading this and haven’t bought your tickets yet, time is definitely not on your side.
When it comes to big Holiday Travel dates like Christmas and New Year’s, the sooner you book, the more you will save.
That being said, we did notice in our 2016 Holiday travel data that some routes saw a price drop in mid-November, but this was definitely more of an exception than a rule.
Some routes also saw a very last minute price drop on the 23rd/24th of December, however we would recommend that you don’t wait until the last minute to book your flight, as a price drop is not guaranteed, and last minute flights are usually the most expensive.
Ways to Save on Holiday Flights
- Don’t Procrastinate: We predict a $4 a day average increase in ticket cost leading up to Christmas.
- Compare airfares: Always compare airline ticket prices. Search for a few different itineraries, and try adjusting different dates, times, and airports (if possible) to find the best deal.
- Add a stop to the route: Connecting flights are often significantly cheaper than non-stop flights.
- Use a carry-on: Light, Free (usually), and in your hand, the advantages of only taking a carry-on bag make it worth it. OR you can pay $25 each way for checking a bag. Up to you.
- Check out the FareCompare Baggage Fee Chart for a comprehensive list of fees.
If you have a flexible schedule or don’t need to fly during the Christmas rush, the beginning of December and January usually see flight prices drop. You can find out more: here
*Prices displayed are averages, and not reflective of single fares.
Where Did We Get This Data From?
The Holiday fares displayed are the result of analyzing thousands of airfares for some of the busiest U.S. domestic markets, using proprietary FareCompare data.
The prices displayed are averages, and your costs will vary based on your departure, destination cities and more but these averages provide a great starting point guideline.