Don’t wait to book holiday travel. You could pay more if you do.
According to research, the travel company Hopper, predicts prices for holiday travel will be cheaper this year than last.
Currently, Thanksgiving flights are about $322 round-trip, that’s about 10% less than last year. Prices will likely rise between now and the holidays according to Hopper’s chief data scientist Patrick Surry. Flights are expected to trend about 7.2% cheaper than this same time last year.
Surry say’s it’s a little too early to predict exact prices for Christmas but round-trip tickets are expected to cost an average of $387.
You can never book holiday travel too early according to CheapAir. Last year, people booked their holiday trips 40-48 days ahead of time. However, the “rules” are constantly changing and this year, it appears all bets are off.
Fortunately, it appears the trend for flight prices are dropping, if ever so slightly.
A couple of tips on holiday travel:
- One of the busiest and most costly days of the year to fly is the Sunday immediately following Thanksgiving.
- If you can avoid flying on that day, it will save you money. If you do have to fly on that day, the longer you wait to book, the more expensive the flight will be.
- The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is slightly less but also a very expensive day to fly.
- If you are planning to use rewards miles for holiday travel, you may have already waited too late.
- If you are traveling to Florida, tickets sell out fast. This is one of the more popular destinations for holiday travel.
- Book your flights now.
The airlines are putting fewer flights in the sky so they don’t have to discount seats.
There’s not going to be a fire sale so don’t wait to buy your tickets.
“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”
– Susan Heller