Holiday Cheap Flights Report 2016

How Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Flights are Trending

Thanksgiving Airfare Trend by Day

Expected Flight Increase by Purchase Month

We're tracking 11,000 airfares for flights during the holiday season every single day. From this data, we pinpoint the average fare for the most popular markets to come up with the Holiday Flights Report!

Christmas Airfare Trend by Day

Expected Flight Increase by Purchase Month

We're tracking 11,000 airfares for flights during the holiday season every single day. From this data, we pinpoint the average fare for the most popular markets to come up with the Holiday Flights Report!

The CheapAir Holiday Cheap Flights Report is here! Let us help you plan your holiday air travel with a minimum of stress and a maximum of up-to-date airfare intelligence, and get the best value plane ticket for your money.

Here are some handy dandy little charts and an airfare calendar to show you how much money you’ll save as the countdown to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years gets underway.


Best days to fly for the Holidays

Thanksgiving Calendar

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  • Nov 23 The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally quite expensive. Book soon if this is your preferred travel date.
  • Nov 24 Insiders know that airports are much less congested on Thanksgiving. Schedule a late dinner so you don’t miss out and save some cash as well!
  • Nov 27 Avoid traveling on the busiest travel day of the year to avoid crowds and keep costs down.
  • Nov 28 If you can skip Sunday travel, the 28th and the 29th are shaping up to be affordable return travel days.

Christmas Calendar

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  • Dec 20 If your plans are for at least a week, travel Tuesday to Tuesday instead of the weekend for the deepest potential discounts.
  • Dec 25 Once again, thrifty travelers know that the best deals can be had if you’re willing to travel on the holiday itself.
  • Jan 1 Don’t sleep in on the 1st day of the New Year! If you can drag yourself out of bed, you may land yourself a cheap flight!
  • Jan 2 Avoid this expensive travel day!
  • Jan 3 If you stretch your holiday just a bit beyond the 1st, cheap fares are the reward.

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Holiday Travel News and Updates from CheapAir Experts

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Everyone loves the New Year. It’s a time to reflect on the past year, to look forward to new adventures and to make resolutions and promises about how we might all make the most of another circle around the sun. Like every human celebration, though, there’s also some associated weirdness. Enjoy our collection of quirky facts about New Years! Read more »

Flight Delays this Week: Coping Techniques for Bad Weather Conditions

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Are you flying this week and worried about bad weather? We hear you. While most flight delays will not keep you from your final destination, it can be pretty stressful when you’re in the middle of a storm. CheapAir has helpful tips to help keep stress levels low get you on your way as quickly as possible. Read more »

Tips for Cheap Holiday Flights

Book early. Be flexible with well, everything – your travel dates, airlines you’re willing to fly (mixing and matching can save), and acceptable airports. Be realistic and expect to pay a bit more for holiday flights. Check out our Holiday Flights page for more helpful tips.

Can I still get a cheap flight for Christmas if I procrastinated this year?

christmas airfare procrastination

It happens to the best of us. You had the best intentions and  planned to buy your airfare back in August or September when the fares were low but the time got away from you; or you kept waiting for a sale that never showed; or you just weren’t on your shopping game this year. And now here we are two weeks before Christmas/New Years week. What can you do? Read more »

2016 Best Christmas Markets Around the World

Every year in late November, many cities in Europe deck the halls and the town squares with boughs of holly and twinkle lights, selling toasty holiday gifts, treats and cider to spread traditional Christmas cheer! Read more »

5 Tips for Coping with Thanksgiving Air Travel Stress

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As 2016 winds down, many Americans are counting the days when we can put this stressful year in the rear view. But lots of us are also planning to catch flights to visit family and friends over Thanksgiving and the December holiday season. Air travel during the holidays can be a trying experience, even for the most relaxed traveler. Read more »

Best Thanksgiving Dinners in Las Vegas

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Thanksgiving is the most traditional of family holidays. But did you know there’s a subculture of Thanksgiving celebrators who take their holiday plans to Vegas every year? (And shhh….it’s not just your grandmother’s buffet anymore). Whether you’re tired of slaving over a hot stove for two days, or you just want a side of roulette with your candied sweet potatoes, there’s a Las Vegas Thanksgiving dinner with your name on it! 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 CheapAir.com Price Drop Payback: Buy now and if your airfare drops later, you can receive up to a $100 credit back!