Travelocity’s Thanksgiving Travel Report found travelers can pay up to $170 more on airfare if they travel on peak days, indicating those who are flexible with their dates can save. To get a cheaper flight over Thanksgiving, the day-by-day analysis suggests travelers should avoid Sunday returns, and opt to return the Friday or Tuesday after the big day to get the lowest possible fares.
“This is the time of year when most travelers start thinking about their holiday travels,” Genevieve Shaw Brown, Travelocity senior editor, said. “Those who plan on taking to the skies this year should begin their search now and use flexible dates search tools to nab the best travel deal.”
“This is the time of year when most travelers start thinking about their holiday travels”
Cheapest Days to Fly for Thanksgiving
As denoted in the chart, average domestic airfare for the Thanksgiving holiday is cheapest ($293 roundtrip) for travelers departing on Thanksgiving Day and returning the Tuesday after the holiday and most expensive ($463 roundtrip) when travelers depart the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and return the Sunday after, two of the busiest days of the holiday. In general, a Sunday return bumps up the average fare while returns the Friday and Tuesday after Thanksgiving offer fares below the domestic average.
Additional Thanksgiving Data
Travelocity data also notes that the average domestic airfare for the extended Thanksgiving travel period is $384 roundtrip, a price point travelers should keep in mind as they’re shopping. Travelers searching for the lowest possible airfare should utilize Travelocity’s Flexible Dates shopping tool to save. For those also looking for a hotel, average domestic hotel rates over the holiday weekend are $152 per night.
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