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.
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
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!