Summer is ending and the kids are back in school, so Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving are the last thing on your mind right now. But, it shouldn’t be!
Now is not only the time to think about booking for the holidays, it is also time to actually book.
It’s no secret the airlines get greedier during the holiday rush.
September is when the average American starts to book their Thanksgiving flights. Here are some things to keep in mind.
- The Sunday after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest, most expensive days to fly all year — so avoid flying on that day if you can as tickets start off pricey and get even more expensive the longer you wait to book. The same is true for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but to a slightly lesser degree.
- Florida is one of the country’s most popular Thanksgiving destinations, so tickets sell out even more quickly to cities like Orlando, Miami and West Palm Beach. It’s important to book those flights now.
No matter where or when you plan to fly, the cost of buying tickets too early is almost guaranteed to be lower than the cost of waiting too long. Their is not gonna be any holiday last minute airfare deals.
For those of you looking to book for the winter holiday travel, whether that’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or none of the above, prices start to go up about two months beforehand in October. Based on the last two years the beginning of October is when you should start checking rates.
Looking to go international this holiday season? Book flights further in advance than you would book a domestic ticket. Studies show that the best time to buy flights to the South Pacific is about 70 days out, on average. To Africa it was about 166 days out. For Mexico it was about 89 days, Europe about 151, Asia about 129, and to the ever popular Caribbean it’s at least 101 days out.