Most Expensive and Cheapest Days to Fly
The following Thanksgiving analysis is the result of researching 1.8 million airfares and the sales price trends in mid-October for 100 of the busiest domestic markets, using proprietary FareCompare data. Prices will vary based on departure, destination cities, and more.
The Most Expensive Travel Days Are…
The most expensive departure dates for Thanksgiving 2018 are going to be Tuesday, November 20, and Wednesday, November 21. The most expensive return date is Sunday, November 25.
The difference in travel prices for the week of Thanksgiving compare to average fare prices for pre-Thanksgiving travel on Tuesday or Wednesday are currently running from 50% to 130% more than Tuesday or Wednesday flights the week before the holiday. And the closer we get to the holiday, the higher the prices.
The Cheapest Travel Days Are…
Thanksgiving Day, November 22, is the cheapest day to fly. Because no one wants to fly on the holiday itself, prices are going to be lower for this specific travel day. To save more time (and money), fly out as early as you can on Thanksgiving Day. You won’t miss a minute of the feast or the football game and you might save a few dollars as well.
Ways to Save on Thanksgiving Flights
- Don’t Procrastinate: Prices could rise up to $5 a day leading up to Thanksgiving. The longer you wait, the more you will pay.
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.