Holiday Cheap Flights Index 2014

How Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Flights are Trending

Holiday Fare Index

October 1, 2014

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How is the Fare Index Calculated?

Each day, we track 11,000 airfares for flights during the holiday season. We then add up the prices from a group of the most popular markets and construct the CheapAir Holiday Fare Index.

For us at CheapAir, the holidays started back in April when we began tracking holiday flight trends. Our mission: to arm you with all the information you need to find your cheap flight for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Use our Holiday Air Fare Index and trending chart to track daily changes in price and demand, and read our insider tips and advice to learn how you can score a cheap holiday flight this year.


Best days to fly for the Holidays

Thanksgiving Calendar

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  • Nov 26 If you’re travelling the day before Thanksgiving, book early, as the holiday approaches, this day gets very expensive.
  • Nov 27 You may be stuck with cold turkey, but you can sometimes snag a great fare!
  • Nov 30 Traditionally, the busiest travel day of the year (and one of the most expensive!); avoid if you can!
  • Dec 1 Often a good (read: cheaper) alternative to coming back on Sunday

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Holiday Travel News and Updates from Experts at CheapAir

How are you planning to get home from college for the holidays?

How are you planning to get home from college for the holidays?

Your friends at CheapAir remember very well what it was like being a cash-strapped college student. We’d like to suggest you start early when looking for flights home for the holidays. The short answer to the question is that it’s not too soon to be starting your research!

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Christmas in July: 5 Tips to Get Cheap Airfare for the Holidays

Christmas in July: 5 Tips to Get Cheap Airfare for the Holidays

Last week, I walked into my local drugstore to pick up some sunscreen for a spontaneous trip to the beach and my eyes were assaulted with an entire row of Christmas decorations—in July! This experience brought out my inner Scrooge – how in the heck am I expected to start Christmas shopping in July?

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Our second annual Holiday Fare Tracker

Holiday Flights Index 2014

Welcome to the 2014 edition of the CheapAir Holiday Fare Index! We’ve built this section of our site to make it easier for you to find the best air fares for travel during the busy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years’ seasons.

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Tips for Booking Cheap Flights for the Holidays

  1. Book earlier than usual for the holidays. Prices will continue to rise as flights get more and more full.
  2. Be flexible with your travel days. Sometimes flying a day earlier or later can make a huge difference.
  3. Try mixing and matching airlines to get the cheapest flights or best schedules.
  4. Check alternate airports. Sometimes, you’ll find big savings that way.
  5. Be realistic. Prices for holiday travel are almost always more expensive than for other times of the year.
  6. When you find a good fare, be ready to buy. There are often only a handful of seats available at the best rates and they get snapped up quickly.
  7. Pay baggage fees in advance and factor them into your travel budget.
  8. Use Price Drop Payback: If your itinerary drops after you’ve booked, you could receive up to a $100 credit back!