For Thanksgiving flights, what a difference a day makes

  • October 5, 2013
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There’s no getting around it. If you’re planning to fly this Thanksgiving and you still haven’t bought your tickets, it’s time to get serious.

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But if you find that fares are already a lot higher than you expected, here’s some information that may help you lessen the blow. If you can alter your travel dates slightly, you’ll be amazed at how much you can save.

The big thing to keep in mind is that the most popular travel days are generally the most expensive.  And every year, you’d be hard pressed to find two more popular travel days than the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. You pay a premium to fly on those days.

But did you know that if you fly on the Monday before Thanksgiving and come back on the Tuesday after, you’ll save an average of $249 per ticket?

That may be longer than you’re looking to go, but a 4 night trip from Monday through Friday instead of Wednesday through Sunday can cut your fare by $208 per ticket, when compared with the Wednesday to Sunday fare!

And even a small change like returning Monday instead of Sunday, while still flying out on Wednesday, yields a $117 savings on average.

Want more options? Here is a rundown of every combination of travel dates for the Thanksgiving holiday and the average savings travelers are finding, versus a typical Wednesday to Sunday trip. Keep in mind, these are just averages and may not apply to every situation. But, hopefully, if you’re kicking yourself for not having booked already, this can help you find a way to still save.

Departure Date Return Date Savings
Mon Nov-25 Tue Dec-3 $249
Thanksgiving Day Tue Dec-3 $246
Sun Nov-24 Tue Dec-3 $240
Tue Nov-26 Tue Dec-3 $214
Mon Nov-25 Fri Nov-29 $208
Sat Nov-23 Tue Dec-3 $205
Sun Nov-24 Fri Nov-29 $198
Wed Nov-27 Tue Dec-3 $194
Fri Nov-22 Fri Nov-29 $182
Mon Nov-25 Mon Dec-2 $181
Sat Nov-23 Fri Nov-29 $175
Wed Nov-27 Fri Nov-29 $169
Thanksgiving Day Mon Dec-2 $168
Sun Nov-24 Mon Dec-2 $162
Tue Nov-26 Fri Nov-29 $160
Thanksgiving Day Sat Nov-30 $160
Sat Nov-23 Mon Dec-2 $128
Tue Nov-26 Mon Dec-2 $127
Fri Nov-22 Mon Dec-2 $125
Wed Nov-27 Mon Dec-2 $117
Mon Nov-25 Sat Nov-30 $110
Sun Nov-24 Sat Nov-30 $103
Sat Nov-23 Sat Nov-30 $93
Fri Nov-22 Sat Nov-30 $82
Tue Nov-26 Sat Nov-30 $66
Wed Nov-27 Sat Nov-30 $58
Sun Nov-24 Sun Dec-1 $55
Mon Nov-25 Sun Dec-1 $54
Thanksgiving Day Sun Dec-1 $52
Sat Nov-23 Sun Dec-1 $11
Tue Nov-26 Sun Dec-1 $8
Fri Nov-22 Sun Dec-1 $8
Wed Nov-27 Sun Dec-1 $0

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