Thanksgiving Procrastination Guide

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Time is money when it comes to Thanksgiving and the longer you delay, the more you’ll pay for airfare. Waiting to buy your ticket is going to cost you. Flight prices rise by $3 to $4 every day and are expected to rise $5-$10 per day as the month of November progresses. This Thanksgiving Procrastination Guide will show you how to find cheap Thanksgiving flights.

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What You’ll Pay If You Delay

Every day you procrastinate adds an additional charge for each and every day you delay. An analysis of FareCompare Thanksgiving data from this year and last revealed the following:

  • 2016: Fares rose an average of $6 per day.
  • 2017: Fares rose an average of $4 per day.
  • 2018: Fares are rising $3 – $4 a day now and will rise an average of $5-$10 per day as the month of November progresses.

Tip: Avoid paying more than you have to by purchasing your airfare now. And be sure to compare airfares because no single airline always has the best deal.

How to Find Deals

At Thanksgiving, some will fly to Grandma’s house while others just want to get away. These tools will help both kinds of travelers.

  • Thanksgiving Travel Tips: Click the region you’ll visit at Thanksgiving to see which are the cheapest days to fly there; you’ll also see which airline has the most deals to this region. Tip: The cheapest day to fly at Thanksgiving is often on the holiday itself, Nov. 23.
  • Getaway Map: If you’re flexible on where to go and when to fly, this is the map for you. Add the month (or season) you’d like to fly, then watch as deals pop-up instantly – for destinations around the world. Tip: The cheapest days to fly during non-holiday periods in the U.S. is often Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.
  • Look at Europe: Search for deals from your city in late November by doing a comparison search or using the Getaway Map. Tip: We recently found several round-trip fares to Europe for under $400 including Chicago to Paris, Los Angeles to Barcelona and New York to Amsterdam.

Other Ways to Cut Thanksgiving Travel Costs

These tips can save money during holidays, or anytime.

  • Fly to/from hubs: Bigger airports often have cheaper fares than small or mid-size cities.
  • Accept some inconvenienceWe all prefer non-stop flights but connections and early/late departure times can be cheaper.
  • Use a carry-on bag: Most airlines don’t charge a baggage fee for a carry-on; even better, bags that travel by your side don’t get lost.

Now, no more delays; buy your tickets now. And, wherever you fly, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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