‘Tis the season to start thinking about where to spend the holidays. Expedia.com® flight data released today shows the cheapest time to book flights for Thanksgiving travel is 31-90 days out, and 21-30 days out for Christmas. Travelers who booked during these windows in 2017 saved an average of 10 percent on holiday fares!
According to their data, flights booked in September and October can yield significant savings for Thanksgiving travel, while the best time to lock in Christmas travel plans is typically November.
- Thanksgiving: For 2018 the optimal window to book and save is now through October 22
- Christmas: For 2018 the optimal window to book and save is October 26 through December 4
The holidays are not the time to procrastinate, at least where airfare is concerned. Travelers who waited until the last minute, zero to six days out, paid the most – 10 to 20 percent above the average ticket price.
Best Time to Book Hotels
Travelers have more flexibility when it comes to finding a hotel for the holidays. According to the data, booking a hotel closer to your trip, zero to six days out, could save travelers 20 to 30 percent. This is an instance where waiting until the last minute can result in a lower average daily rate as some hoteliers aim to fill unsold rooms.
Waiting until the last minute to book a hotel may be a little nerve-racking. For those who like to plan ahead but still crave the savings, consider using the Expedia Add-On Advantage to get guaranteed savings on your hotel reservation during the holidays. Adding a hotel on to a reservation (flight, car, etc.) will then unlock discounts up to 43 percent off select hotels. Just make sure you book and attach the hotel to your existing itinerary at any time before the start of your trip.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Happy booking Travelers!