Holiday Cheap Flights Report 2020

How Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Flights are Trending

Thanksgiving Airfare Trend by Day

Expected Airfare Fluctuations by Purchase Month

We track 11,000 airfares for flights during the holiday season every day. From this data, we identify the average fare for the most popular markets to bring you the Holiday Flights Report.

Christmas Airfare Trend by Day

Expected Airfare Fluctuations by Purchase Month

We track 11,000 airfares for flights during the holiday season every day. From this data, we identify the average fare for the most popular markets to bring you the Holiday Flights Report.

Holiday travel in 2020 might not look quite like any of us thought it would, but we know people are anxious to get back to visit family and friends. Some of you may be taking flights to reconnect.

Use CheapAir’s simple-to-use color-coded calendars and charts to identify the best days to purchase your airfare at the lowest prices. This year airfares are trending almost 25% less than 2019 prices. The Holiday Flights Report helps simplify decision-making around airfare purchase.


Best days to fly for the Holidays

Thanksgiving Calendar

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  • Nov 23 Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week are shaping up to be excellent value travel days for the budget traveler.
  • Nov 26 Turkey Day is almost always a great value for air travelers, especially for shorter flights that can get you to your destination just in time for dinner. Lighter crowds at the airport and on the plane make it particularly enticing for 2020.
  • Nov 29 The Sunday after Thanksgiving is historically one of the most expensive travel days of the year. You can save more than $100/ticket on average if you can fly home on Monday instead.
  • Dec 1 The cheapest day to fly over Thanksgiving week this year is the Tuesday after the holiday. The difference between flying home on Sunday and Tuesday is a head-spinning $215 on average.

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  • Dec 24 Christmas Eve is usually pretty pricey as departure dates go. This year, the night before Christmas has some of the best savings of the week!
  • Dec 27 Flying home the Sunday after Christmas is going to be the most expensive option this holiday season. You can save close to $100 on average by waiting one extra day and flying home on Monday instead.
  • Jan 1 Because New Years Day falls on a Friday this year, it’s priced quite nicely. New Years Eve also offers great deals on airfare.
  • Jan 4 Sticking around until the Monday after New Years is a safe bet to save some coin (about $65/ticket). If you can push it to Tuesday, you’ll save more than $110 a ticket.

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Holiday Travel News and Updates from CheapAir Experts

10 Tips for a Smooth Thanksgiving Flight

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Air travel during the Thanksgiving holidays can be stressful under normal circumstances, but in 2020 there are new travel protocols in place and a lot of people may not have been traveling much this year at all. Read more »

Are Holiday Flights Cheaper This Year?

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So much about travel in 2020 has been a challenge. It’s about time we brought consumers some good news, don’t you think? Qtrip is thrilled to be able to share some good air travel news for a change. Read more »

Affordable Holiday Flights with Monthly Payments

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Even though the events of 2020 put a big pause on a lot of people’s travel plans, we’ve noticed that a lot of you are getting back to it – planning to travel for the holidays to visit family and friends. This year holiday flights are pricing out about 25% less expensive than last year which is great news for air travelers. 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!