If you’re traveling for Christmas this year, you’ve probably already started researching flights for you and your family. This process can leave you feeling a bit like you’re on a mining expedition, sifting through airfares in the hopes of finding that rare gem of a deal.

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Our number crunchers here at CheapAir have simplified what can be an overwhelming process by clearly identifying which dates of travel offer the best overall value. Here’s what we’ve unearthed:

Cheapest departure days: Wednesday December 23rd, Thursday December 24th, Friday December 25th (Christmas Day)

Cheapest return days: Wednesday December 31st, Tuesday January 6

Cheapest overall itinerary: Thursday, December 17th to Friday, December 25th (Christmas Day)

Cheapest “practical” itinerary: Thursday, December 24th to Thursday, December 31st

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Average savings flying on the cheapest departure days: $101

Average savings flying on the cheapest return days: $142

(*average savings compared to most expensive travel days)

As you calculate the overall monetary cost of your flight, don’t forget to factor in intangibles like convenience and weather when choosing an air itinerary this holiday season. Sometimes the lowest ticket price is not always the best overall value if you look at things with the big picture in mind. If you’re wondering whether there is a best day of the week to purchase airline tickets, check out our post on the subject. For additional insight into airfare trends for Thanksgiving and Holiday Travel, visit CheapAir’s Holiday Cheap Flights Index. We hope we’ve been able to demystify the holiday flight landscape. Happy shopping!

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    • Hi Cathy, It’s hard to definitively identify the cheapest weekend in December but we know that Christmas week has the most expensive fares. You’re probably safest going the first or second weekend of the month. We recommend people travel the first couple of weeks because you can avoid Thanksgiving peak pricing and the more expensive flights that pop up as we get closer to Christmas.

  1. Hi,

    I am looking for cheap flights from Mumbai to SFO anytime between Dec 20 to Jan 10?please help me with the cheapest fare.

    Thanks!

  2. Please i want a ticket for Seoul Korea to Accra 23 December return 23 January. Please give me the fare for the date. Thanks

    • The lowest fares for these dates are on Asiana Air for around $1700. We can send you detailed information if you’d like. Please let us know.

    • Hi Liz, For sure the cheaper flights from Lake Charles are going to be going into LAX. Those round trip flights will probably save you around $100 or more a ticket. However, the cheapest flights are going to be out of Houston. If you can afford to fly from Lake Charles, great! Flights average from $400-600 out of Lake Charles. If you’re looking for the cheapest flight, you might prefer spending under $200 which is what flights out of Houston will cost.

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