For Cheap Thanksgiving Flights, Start Booking September 4

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Looking to get a good deal on flights over the Thanksgiving holiday? The time to start booking is the week of September 4, according to travel search engine Skyscanner.

Skyscanner collated and analyzed historic data from its more than 60 million monthly users, and the results show savings can be found starting the week of September 4 all the way up to two weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Projections year over year indicate that air travel over Thanksgiving is steadily growing – over 27 million passengers according to Airlines for America (A4A) – and as even more travelers are expected to take to the skies this season, travelers will be looking for ways to score a great deal," said Randi Wolfson, head of communications for the Americas, Skyscanner, in a written release.


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A good period for travel deals this fall starts immediately after Labor Day, the week of September 4, where a traveler can find potential savings up to four percent, and also leading up to the week of November 6. In addition, Skyscanner has found that a round-trip domestic airline ticket around the holiday period will average around $300.

"We are seeing a trend in which the booking window for travelers to find greater savings is extending, even as we look at the 21-day winter season covering Christmas and New Year's, where travelers will be able save the most three to seven weeks before each holiday," said Wolfson.

Other tips to find the best travel deals this holiday season:

  • By expanding flight searches to include other area airports, travelers may find more flight options as well as more affordable fares.  
  • Tweaking travel itinerary dates of departure and return may yield more results in line with travelers' budgets.
  • Setting up price alerts allows travelers to track the cost of a desired flight route and purchase a fare once the price drops.

Source: Skyscanner

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