The Cheapest Dates to Fly for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is around the corner. If you’ve got holiday travel plans, have you bought your airline tickets? If not, we’re here to help you get a good deal even now as prices on Thanksgiving flights are trending upwards.

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There have been some pretty unprecedented sales going on this fall, but keep in mind – the airfare wars only affect certain domestic markets. Destinations like Hawaii and Orlando (that see year-round leisure travel), are less likely to be offering smokin’ deals on holiday airfare.

In addition, if you’re taking the “wait and see” route you should keep in mind that closer to travel not only will you see prices rise on available itineraries, but selection is greatly impacted. Don’t expect to see the same number of nonstop flights available (if any) if you’re gambling on a better price. If you need a variety of choices and options, then procrastinate at your own peril.

Our data geeks here at CheapAir have boiled it down to the simplest terms – clearly identifying which dates of travel offer the best overall value. Here’s what we’ve unearthed:

Cheapest departure days: Monday November 23rd, Tuesday November 24th, Thursday November 26th (Thanksgiving Day)
Cheapest return days: Friday November 27th, Thursday, December 2nd

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So as you calculate the overall cost of your flight, don’t forget to factor in intangibles like convenience and weather considerations. If you have a layover and can swing it, why not choose Atlanta over a city like Chicago where bad weather delays often occur. Sometimes the lowest ticket price is not always the best overall value if you look at things with the big picture in mind. For additional insight into airfare trends for Thanksgiving and Holiday Travel, visit CheapAir’s Holiday Cheap Flights Report page. We hope we’ve been able to demystify the Thanksgiving flight decision-making process. Happy shopping!

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  1. Hie need the prize of the cheapest flight to capetown on thanks giving day 26 no from jhb or tambo and a return flight from capetown to or tambo on the 29th of nov

    1. Hi Emma, I see a flight available JHB to CPT Nov 26/Nov 29 return for about $1153 right now with three stops and over 27 hours in total travel time. The other option from Tambolaka is very expensive (over $7K USD). I hope this helps!

  2. I’m looking to travel FROM Tampa, FL TO NYC next Thanksgiving. When is the best time to buy my plane tickets? Also, which airport should I choose? JFK, LGA or EWR? We would like to be in NYC for a week. Would the best travel dates be Monday-Friday?

  3. Hello, I was wondering if you could tell us the best days to travel this year for the holidays. We are looking to fly to San Francisco for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. From MIA or Sarasota. We are two adults and 1 infant of a year old.

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