The Best Time to Book Your Holiday Flight Is…

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated September 13, 2018

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Money Saving Tips
September 13, 2018

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The holidays are quickly approaching – how time flies! Speaking of flying, it’s a good idea to start looking into planning your holiday trips soon because flight prices can rise rapidly once it gets into the heart of the season. You might be thinking about Thanksgiving flights home, Christmas break or even Spring resort time. Whatever trips you have planned in the coming months, there are always some tips and tricks that can help you cut down on costs and find great deals. Check out a few ideas about how you can save on holiday flights this year.

It’s never to early to start thinking about holiday planning. The mistake most people make is waiting too long to lock in a good deal and then having to pay the high rates that airlines are charging – which can cut down on the amount you are able to spend on having a fantastic trip! For Thanksgiving, it’s best to book flights in August and September. Travelers can expect to save with average fares around $400 in both months vs. $450 in October. If you wait until November, prices will average as high as $500 per ticket.

If Christmas is the time you are planning to travel, August is also the best time to start looking, and September for buying. For both Christmas and New Year, flights average around $400 in August and September, a little higher in October and November and then skyrocket to around $530 in December. You can save yourself an extra $100 per ticket by planning in advance and booking holiday travel early – which can make a huge difference if you are traveling with a large group! Also, if you’re able to take a longer trip, flying from December 18th through December 28th is the cheapest time to travel.

Winter often makes us look right ahead to a warm beach vacation! If you’re interested in a Spring Break trip, it’s best to buy tickets about 70 days before departure. Depending on where you’re going, the prices can rise and fall significantly in the days nearing the departure date.

Play it safe and book your tickets well in advance so you beat the rush of travelers looking for the same flights as you are!

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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