We get it. You’ve been busy and the holiday has snuck up on you. Or, maybe you’ve simply waited a little longer than you planned and now you’re scrambling for a last minute deal. Well, don’t stress too hard. There’s no shortage of Thanksgiving airline tickets.

While you will likely have to pay a bit more, there are still reasonably-priced Thanksgiving tickets available. Here are some tips to scoring Turkey Day tickets that won’t break the bank!

Stay flexible on flight dates

As we’re closing in on Thanksgiving, the “ideal” ticket may be quite a bit more expensive than it was a few months ago. Ideal to you might mean: nonstop flights on your favorite airline, flights with perfect layovers, flights where everyone in your party sits together in their ideal window or aisle seat, all tied up with a bow.

To get the good deals that are left, be willing to look on a variety of travel dates (sometimes travel on Thanksgiving will yield less full airplanes, for example). Even just tweaking your departure or return date by one day can open up better possibilities and lower ticket prices. You can check out our Holiday Flights Page to get all the details on the best days to fly this year.

Check more than one airport

When flying into a major metropolitan area like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York or Chicago, there are alternate airports to consider. Now, you may have your favorite airport in mind, but remember. You’re being flexible this year and you’ve got an open mind. This might save you some cash!

Keep your expectations in check

As we mentioned, waiting until later to buy your Thanksgiving airline tickets will almost certainly mean you are going to have to pay a little extra. It’s best to shake it off, make a note to start your shopping earlier next year, and plan to pay a little extra now. If you wait until you get within 2 weeks of your travel dates, the flight prices are going to make another big jump and you do not want to have to deal with those prices. If the prices are still a bit too steep for your budget, you might consider….

…Buy Now, Pay Later

An option for more cost conscious travelers, or folks that have an unexpected expense come up might be to consider making monthly payments. This will keep your travel plans on point, and allow you to defer some of that expense until after you’re back from those fun and fabulous holiday family obligations.

Hopefully, these tips and fares will give you some confidence that you still have time to get that Thanksgiving visit into action. Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Flights Page for more tips and a calendar that will show you the best days to fly. Happy holidays!

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