When to book
First things first: When planning holiday travel, you’ll want to focus on the airlines with a good track record over the holidays. And when should you start shopping? “The best time to book Thanksgiving travel is actually August-September,” says Jesse Neugarten, founder & CEO of the Dollar Flight Club. “I have tons of data from my subscribers to back that up. I’ve been sending out deals for Thanksgiving trips all over the world for the past few months already and people have been booking. It’s really important to be flexible with dates and look for alternative airports close to your destination, in general,” he says.
But if you don’t quite know your Thanksgiving plans yet, you DO have a bit of time. Just not that much…”Make sure you book before Halloween!” says Patrick Surry, the chief data scientist for Hopper. “If you wait to book your flight until after Halloween, it will cost you about $1.50 per day you wait, and then prices start rising about $6 per day in the last ten days before departure,” says Surry. Find out the most reliable airlines for the holidays.
Days of week
The sooner the better is the best advice, but don’t forget that the day of the week you book makes a difference—it’s one of the tricks travel booking companies know. Thursday is now the best day of the week to book both domestic and international flights. “Thursdays have a domestic potential savings of 3.4 percent or about $10, and an international potential savings of 3.5% or about $25,” Surry told TheStreet.com. And don’t forget that “the more flexible you are with your travel dates, the more likely you are to find cheaper flights,” says Mariann Yip, Romio Lifestyle & Travel Expert. Here are 11 top tricks travel booking companies use.