Holiday Cheap Flights Report 2015

How Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Flights are Trending

Thanksgiving Airfare Trend by Day

Expected Flight Increase by Purchase Month

Each day, we track 11,000 airfares for flights during the holiday season. We then find 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

Each day, we track 11,000 airfares for flights during the holiday season. We then find the average fare for the most popular markets to come up with the Holiday Flights Report!

For the last few years CheapAir has been putting together the popular CheapAir Holiday Cheap Flights Report aimed to help you navigate the murky pricing waters surrounding holiday air travel.

Our in-house data geeks at CheapAir have been working overtime to bring you the most up-to-date airfare intel you depend on to make sure you’re getting the best value for the money.

Here’s just how much money you’ll save each month as the countdown to Thanksgiving and Christmas continues. It’s definitely cheaper to buy your holiday flights sooner rather than later.


Best days to fly for the Holidays

Thanksgiving Calendar

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  • Nov 25 If you’re travelling the day before Thanksgiving, book early, as the holiday approaches, this day gets very expensive.
  • Nov 26 You may be stuck with cold turkey, but you can sometimes snag a great fare!
  • Nov 29 Traditionally, the busiest travel day of the year (and one of the most expensive!); avoid if you can!
  • Nov 30 Often a good (read: cheaper) alternative to coming back on Sunday

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  • Dec 22 If you’re travelling for a week, consider Tuesday to Tuesday instead of flying on the weekend. You’ll save!
  • Dec 25 If you wait too long, Christmas Day flights are usually the last to fill up
  • Jan 1 If you don’t mind travelling early in the morning, check New Year’s Day for some potentially good deals
  • Jan 3 Likely the most expensive day to fly back
  • Jan 5 Two extra days of vacation and possibly a boat load of savings

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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!