When to Book Thanksgiving Travel — Savings Experiment

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When to Book Thanksgiving Travel

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to go home and spend time with your family. Unfortunately, that also means it’s one of the busiest and most expensive times of the year to travel in the U.S. Thankfully, there are some ways for you to fly home without gobbling up your savings.

First, when it comes to booking flights for the holidays, don’t procrastinate. In general, prices for Thanksgiving stay about the same until 10 days before the holiday, that’s when prices can soar up to 30 percent higher. Instead, try buying your tickets in the first two weeks of November when prices tend to be more reasonable.

Next, if you must fly closer to the holidays, avoid flying on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Typically, they’re among the priciest days to travel.

Finally, if you fly from a regional airport, you can save money and time. On average, regional airports will be cheaper than their major airport counterparts. Their security lines and checkpoints tend to be smaller, getting you on the plane and in the air sooner.

Before you make travel arrangements, remember these tips. By planning your Thanksgiving travels ahead of time, you’ll be thankful for all the money you’ll save.

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