If you’re flying home for Thanksgiving, now’s probably the best time to buy your ticket.
According to a report by Skyscanner, the cheapest flights for the Thanksgiving holiday can be
found this week, from October 31 to November 4. The study found that flights during the week of Halloween were 7.73 percent cheaper than those at any other time before Thanksgiving weekend.
To gather the data, Skyscanner analyzed flight rates from last year’s Thanksgiving to help project the dates at which airfare will be at its lowest. The result: Four weeks before the holiday seems to be the sweet spot.
Those booking should know that there’s no such thing as truly cheap days to fly over Thanksgiving, but thanks to information from FareCompare, these itineraries can save some money.
It’s never too early to start setting your holiday travel plans. If your flying this Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’ll get the best prices by booking six weeks in advance.
It’s usually best to buy airfare at least eight weeks in advance for maximum savings. But according to the folks at Hipmunk, the flight search engine, the sweet spot for buying holiday airfare this year is the week of October 3rd for Thanksgiving, and the week of November 7th for Christmas. Booking at that time will save you an average of 14% on your trip, but you might be able to save even more depending on where you are in the country. Some markets, like Orlando, Phoenix, Atlanta, and San Francisco could net you savings of nearly 50%. You can see potential savings for most of the major cities in the graphic below.