5 Ways To Save On Thanksgiving Flights

You can still save money, but not for long

By Marilyn Nelson on September 9, 2019
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It may seem like you still have plenty of time before you have to start making your Thanksgiving flight plans. However, you should be pricing flights now or you may be stuck paying way more than you anticipated.

Buy those tickets now.

Since Thanksgiving is the most popular time to fly in the U.S., airlines start to raise their prices in September.

Avoid creeping price hikes.

In addition, there are traditionally two price hikes quickly approaching: Third week of September – and the forth week of October – prices start climbing from $2 to $4 a day, according to USA Today, and that adds up quickly.

Avoid the expensive days to fly.

The priciest days to fly are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. If possible, book the cheaper days to fly – on Thanksgiving Day and return two days later on the following Saturday. If that’s too short, you can still save money by making it long trip. If you don’t have to worry about the kids missing school and you’ve saved up enough vacation time, fly the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Wrap up your trip the Tuesday after.

Shop around.

You may have a favorite airline, but can’t trust that they’ll be the cheapest. Always compare airfares to get the best deal. Even if you still want to fly your favorite carrier, at least you’ll know what’s available.


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