Stats: New York, London Top Thanksgiving Destinations for 2018

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CheapOair has announced its top 10  domestic and international destinations for Thanksgiving. While most American travelers will remain stateside for the holiday this year, there are some who will be traveling internationally to destinations including London, Tokyo, and Dublin.  

Historically, Thanksgiving travel results in approximately 20 percent of travelers going international while 80 percent stay domestic. As of the first week of October, CheapOair's international bookings for the holiday were well underway with initial data reporting a higher than normal percentage of international bookings at 29 percent. However, as Thanksgiving approaches, 2018 continues to track along the historical trend line. A more recent report shows that domestic bookings are rising, and data recorded in the third week of October shows the split moving closer to the norm with 26 percent being international and 74 percent being domestic bookings3.

"This Thanksgiving, there will be nearly 30 million passengers traveling from around the U.S.," said Tom Spagnola, senior vice president of supplier relations at CheapOair, in a written statement. "Whether you're traveling within or out of the country, it's best to book your flights as soon as possible and especially before the demand begins to sky rocket come the first and second weeks of November."

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In addition to popular tourist areas, such as New York and Los Angeles, CheapOair's data shows three cities in Florida among the top ten U.S. destinations, with Orlando coming in at number two, Miami at number four and Ft. Lauderdale at the number six ranking. The average roundtrip domestic airfare for destinations on the top 10 list this year is $329, with the lowest fares to Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Orlando.

CheapOair's Top 10 U.S. Domestic Destinations for Thanksgiving 2018:
(with average roundtrip airfare)

  1. New York, NY - $352
  2. Orlando, FL - $306
  3. Los Angeles, CA - $348
  4. Las Vegas, NV - $305
  5. Miami, FL - $351
  6. Ft. Lauderdale, FL - $317
  7. Denver, CO - $312
  8. San Francisco, CA - $370
  9. Dallas, TX - $346
  10. Atlanta, GA - $287

Internationally, although Cancun, Mexico, lost the top ranking to London, England, this year, it remains a top international destination for Thanksgiving travel. London's boost in popularity may be a result of a 20 percent decrease in airfare pricing since 2017, while Amsterdam holds the largest drop in pricing from last year, at a whopping 50 percent.

"While the tendency is still to stay local for Thanksgiving, more consumers are feeling the urge to spend the holidays somewhere unfamiliar and exotic," Tom Spagnola said. "The top international destinations for Thanksgiving have dropped in airfare prices by an average of 14 percent for this time of the year, giving travelers the opportunity to be adventurous and look beyond the traditional turkey meal."

CheapOair's Top 10 International Destinations for Thanksgiving 2018:
(with average roundtrip airfare)

  1. London, England - $717
  2. Cancun, Mexico - $473
  3. Paris, France - $570
  4. Tokyo, Japan - $984
  5. Mexico City, Mexico - $350
  6. Bangkok, Thailand - $773
  7. Dublin, Ireland - $614
  8. Barcelona, Spain - $647
  9. Hong Kong (SAR) - $852
  10. Amsterdam, Netherlands - $573

Source: CheapOair

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