With flight and seat reductions over the past few years creating more competition for available seats over the holidays, booking sooner than later is key. Those still looking for the best deals on airfare for Thanksgiving and Christmas are advised to book before late October. To help consumers narrow down the best deals, priceline.com has compiled the best days to fly for the most attractive airfares this upcoming holiday season.
Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 27 this year. Travelers booking now will find the best fares if they depart on Nov. 20, 21, 24, 25 and 27; and return home on Nov. 27 or 28, or wait until Dec. 2. Travelers will pay higher fares if they depart on Nov. 22, 23, and 26; and return any day between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1.
Good news for consumers – rates for the 2014 holiday travel season compared to last year have not risen, but are trending equal to last year, based on recent advance bookings made on priceline.com. Currently, the national average for Thanksgiving domestic airfares booked on priceline.com in September is $420, compared to $421 last year. The national average for Christmas domestic airfares booked on priceline.com in September is $480, versus $487 during the same period last year.
Send those presents on ahead. Gifts for loved ones can mean extra baggage fees, not to mention the security screeners will not be happy to see those wrapped boxes. Save yourself the hassle by mailing or shipping presents in advance (after you’ve wrapped them, of course).
Weigh and measure your baggage. Check your airline’s maximum requirements for checked and carry-on bags to make sure you won’t incur extra fees. Note: baggage fees are charged separately for your outbound and return flights.