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Waiting Until the Last Minute to Book Your Thanksgiving Flight May Save You Money

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

The holidays are upon us, my friends, and that means more people will be traveling to visit their loved ones. 

AAA estimates more than 1.7 million Michigan residents will travel 50 or more miles from home this Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a 5% increase over last year’s travel stats. 

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ARE YOU PLANNING ON DRIVING OR FLYING THIS THANKSGIVING?

You may be able to find cheaper flight rates if you wait until the last minute.

According to AAA’s flight booking data from the last three years, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving are usually the most popular air travel days. Both days also have the highest average price per round-trip ticket. 

Yet, Thanksgiving Day has consistently had the lowest average price per ticket. It is also the lightest travel day.

Airline tickets aren’t cheap, though. I know from personal experience booking flights to visit family and friends. And the fees are even higher if you have your spouse and children to think about.

My mom, sister, and nephew traveled to visit us for Thanksgiving 2016. 
Checking out Supino’s Pizzeria in Eastern Market with my family.

WAITING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE COULD SAVE YOU MONEY

Did you know that travelers who booked their flights for Thanksgiving between September 23 and October 25 ended up paying an average of $478 for a round-trip ticket? 

Yikes!

AAA says, “Procrastinating travelers who still need to book their flights may find cheaper airfares, paying an average ticket price of $459 between now and November 15.”

If you’re looking to save money this holiday season, AAA recommends flying the morning of the holiday. You’ll arrive just in time for Thanksgiving dinner!

A FEW TRAVEL SITES YOU CAN BOOK YOUR THANKSGIVING FLIGHT:

Hot Wire 

Expedia 

Orbitz

Cheapoair

Priceline

Of course, there’s a downside to waiting until the day before or the day of the holiday. Waiting until the day before or the day of the holiday means there will be very limited flight availability.

What do you think? Is waiting until the last minute to book a flight worth the risk? 


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