Looking for a Thanksgiving travel deal? Book now, expert says

Looking to travel this Thanksgiving? Book now Photo: Todd DeFeo

DANDRIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 22, 2012 — It seems fairly logical that travelers looking for a cheaper getaway next month should consider traveling either of the first two weekends of November rather than the weekend before or after Thanksgiving.

But, according to travel search engine Hipmunk.com, travelers should consider flying the Monday before Thanksgiving or even on Thanksgiving Day to save money on airfare. At the same time, travelers should look to book a return flight on the Tuesday or Wednesday after Thanksgiving, if cost is of paramount concern.

The price of airfare in some cities, such as Chicago, can increase upwards of 700 percent from the second weekend in November to the third weekend of the month, according to Hipmunk.

“Lots of people make the mistake of waiting to catch a quick fare drop or deal, but most of those fare dips don’t come or last very long,” said Hipmunk co-founder Adam Goldstein. “Those who want to travel should book now because prices are only going up.”

Goldstein also recommends travelers consider setting up a free alert on his site to stay up to date on a specific flight’s price.

When it comes to booking airfare, Hipmunk offered the following tips:

  • Book now. Purchase airfare sooner rather than later to secure a seat before flights are full and prices soar. The national average for Thanksgiving travel fares is $283.
  • Think beyond the most convenient airport to find cheaper flights. For example, the lowest fares from Baltimore from Nov. 21-25 start at $265.
  • Find flights without layovers to avoid the potential for delays or cancellations.
  • For lower flight fares, avoid on-peak days.

Amtrak similarly urged passengers to book their Thanksgiving holiday train tickets early to avoid missing out on the best availability and pricing. The passenger railroad said its busiest travel days, the ones most likely to sell out, are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Saturday and Sunday following the holiday.


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Todd DeFeo jouned The Washington Times Communities in May 2012. He covers travel and Georgia. A marketing professional who never gave up his award-winning journalistic ways, DeFeo revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He also serves as editor of The Travel Trolley.

 

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