Holiday Cheap Flights Report 2017

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!

Each and every year 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 share this useful info with you as the Holiday Flights Report! The 2017 CheapAir Holiday Flights Report has touched down and is ready to help you keep your holiday flight plans simple and affordable. Without further ado, here’s maximum airfare intel and minimum stress so you get the best value airfare at a popular time to fly.

Arm yourself with these charts and calendars that show how much money you can save each month as we start the march toward Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.


Best days to fly for the Holidays

Thanksgiving Calendar

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  • Nov 20 If you can swing a longer trip, flying earlier during Thanksgiving week offers more affordable fares, with the best outbound airfares on Monday.
  • Nov 23 This year, Thanksgiving Day is not shaking out to be a super-affordable flight day as in recent years, but it’s still a great day to avoid airport crowds.
  • Nov 26 The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. If you can sidestep it, you’ll keep costs down.
  • Nov 27 The Monday after Thanksgiving is a relatively affordable travel day. You’ll save nearly $88 on average by flying today instead of Sunday for your trip home.

Christmas Calendar

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  • Dec 20 If you've got a week to visit, you'll find the best savings on average are for departure on Wednesday, Dec 20 with a return on December 27.
  • Dec 25 Christmas Day air travel will save you around $50/per ticket on average compared to flying on Friday, December 22.
  • Jan 1 This year, New Year’s Day is not the bargain it sometimes is! Sleep in and catch a flight another day!
  • Jan 2 Flying today instead of the 1st will save you a few bones, but to save big, you’ll have to extend your New Years plans a bit more into the first week of the year.

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Holiday Travel News and Updates from CheapAir Experts

The Cheapest Days for Flights this Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is the most popular holiday for air travel and, consequently, it can be challenging to find reasonable flights. Don’t be stressed! There are still ways to save some cash and enjoy your holiday. You just have to get a little creative. Read more »

The Most Expensive Days to Fly This Christmas and New Years

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If you’re planning to fly for the holidays, we urge you to purchase your airline tickets soon. Buying early can save you a lot of money. To help you make those important flight decisions, we’d like to share the most expensive days to fly as well as some tips for saving money on holiday flights. Read more »

The Most Expensive Days to Fly This Thanksgiving

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Travelers want to get the best price for their airline ticket. That’s pretty much requirement “A” for most folks. To make things more interesting, the holidays can be a more complicated time to shop since airfare is already priced at a premium when published, due to the increased demand. 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!