While being flexible with travel dates and times can certainly help, if you are planning on doing some holiday travel, then you may want to know the best days to buy your tickets. After all, going to see your mother-in-law can be painful enough without breaking the bank. Thankfully, Hipmunk analyzed their large database to develop some guidelines that you can follow.
If you want to travel for Thanksgiving, then consider buying your tickets during the first week in October. Check the price on airlines serving the market now so that you will know when they fall. Research suggests that the best day to find cheap airfare domestically and internationally is on Sunday, so you may want to set a reminder on your smartphone to look on September 30. If prices do not look great then, check throughout the week, but plan to have your tickets by October 7.
If you want to sing Home For The Holidays while actually being there, then start checking prices on October 15 as it may be the cheapest day. If you do not click the buy button, then make sure to have your tickets by October 21 or you may miss opening presents with your family gathered around.
Consider Making Holidays Long Weekends
Hipmunk’s research shows that flying on Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the most expensive flying days of the year. Therefore, if possible try to fly earlier in the week. Since Christmas is on Tuesday in 2018, think about flying out on Friday before Christmas week. If that does not result in affordable prices or sounds like too much time at home, then think about alternative airports within the region.
Fly on the Holiday
Flying on Thanksgiving day can result in a savings of up to 21 percent. While you may have to catch an early morning flight, they are usually the cheapest anyway, and you will beat the crowds. Likewise, flying on Christmas Day can result in a savings of up to 20 percent. Ponder leaving later in the day after the festivities are over allowing you to look forward to sleeping in your own bed.
Following these airplane ticket buying tips will also help you in case you decide to escape to your own paradise over the holidays instead of returning home. Whichever you decide, October is the month to buy those holiday airplane tickets. Get busy firming up your plans now.
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