Thanksgiving: Most Expensive Days to Fly
The following Thanksgiving fares are the result of analyzing 1.8 million airfares in mid-October for 100 of the busiest domestic markets, using proprietary FareCompare data. The prices are averages and your costs will vary based on departure, destination cities and more but these averages provide a great starting point guideline.
The Most Expensive Itineraries are…
- $662 – Wednesday to Sunday (November 22-26)
- $649 – Sunday to Sunday (November 19-26)
Ways to Save on Thanksgiving Flights
- Don’t Procrastinate: Prices rise by $4 a day leading up to Thanksgiving. The longer you wait, the more you will pay.
- Compare airfares: Always compare airline ticket prices. If you only go to a favorite airline site to get your airfare you risk paying too much (maybe, way too much) because no airline always has the cheapest flights.
- Add a stop to the route: A connecting flight is often significantly cheaper than a non-stop flight. This isn’t always true but often enough that you should always compares prices for different routes.
- Use a carry-on: This is free on most airlines but even more important, a bag that travels with you is a bag that cannot get lost. You’ll also get out of that crowded airport earlier. Check the FareCompare Baggage Fee Chart for a comprehensive list of fees.
If you’re flexible or don’t want to fly during the Thanksgiving rush, these dates are super cheap.
*Prices displayed are averages, and not reflective of single fares.