Book Your Thanksgiving & Christmas Flights Now

If you are planning to travel this holiday season, now might be the right time to take a look at plane tickets.

Travel + Leisure spoke with a number of experts on the topic and agreed that now is the right time to start shopping. The right time to book these tickets was this summer, according to Scott Keys of Scott Cheap Flights, but now that we are heading into fall, you should definitely start booking now.

He says that if you get to the holidays within three or four months, then it is unlikely that you will see a drop in prices. In fact, you are more likely to see these prices start to rise in the future.

That view is shared by Scott Meyerowitz, chief executive of The Points Guy, who says you absolutely need to book your tickets at least six weeks in advance, ideally away.

Even if there is a small chance that the desired flight will decrease in price between now and several weeks, the number of available seats on that plane will almost certainly decrease.

If you are traveling with family members, buying now will give you more options when it comes to places, so you can hopefully get it all together. These flights will be significantly more expensive in November, and you might get stuck in the three middle spots scattered throughout the plane, rather than in a row together.

Their advice echoes what we’ve heard in previous years . Overall, booking these flights before October 15th is what most travel booking sites and travel experts recommend.

When it comes to actually booking these flights, you can also view the calendar for your chosen airline and see how fares change from day to day. Sometimes the difference between a Sunday and Monday flight can be literally hundreds of dollars. If you have a relatively flexible travel plan, it’s worth looking at what options you have.

And when in doubt, book your Christmas flight before Thanksgiving . Christmas flights are notoriously expensive and will go up much faster than their December counterparts.


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