Holiday Cheap Flights Index 2013

How Christmas & New Years Flights are Trending

Holiday Fare Index

December 20, 2013

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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 May 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

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  • Dec 23 Weeklong trips that start on Monday can be a lot less expensive than ones that start on the weekend.
  • Dec 25 Usually, the last flights to fill up
  • Jan 1 There are often some good deals, especially if you travel early morning.
  • Jan 5 Probably the day you most want to avoid.

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Holiday Travel News and Updates from Experts at CheapAir

How do I know what’s a good fare for the holidays?

What's a Good Price for Holiday Fllights

We got an email from a customer last week who wrote, “I’m searching for a flight to New York for Christmas, but the best fare I am seeing right now is over $400! I have been to New York three times this year and I normally pay around $275. Should I wait for fares to come down?” Read more »

How to Travel Stress-Free during the Holidays

How to Travel Stress-Free during the Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching, and you may find the thought of traveling during the busiest time stressful. But we at have come up with some tips to turn your holiday stress into holiday cheer! Read on for tips from those who knows best, our Travel Advisors. Read more »

The most important day to avoid for Thanksgiving travel

Thanksgiving Travel Calendar

If you’re planning to fly for Thanksgiving, there is one piece of advice we can give that might outweigh all the others: try to avoid coming back on Sunday. Yes, the dreaded Sunday after Thanksgiving. Most of the time, it’s the busiest travel day of the year. Read more »

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!