PHOTO: Finally, we have an idea of when to book that Christmas flight. (Photo courtesy Flickr/Dafne Cholet)
It probably hit you as that stomachache from Halloween candy subsided and the month turned to November: It’s time to search for holiday flights.
The holiday season has a way of sneaking up on all of us. Thankfully, if you are reading this there is still time to save a great deal of money for trips taking place throughout the remaining holiday weeks.
Travel website Hipmunk actually went a great deal further and locked down the exact day and week you should target to pull the trigger and lock down a flight from now until 2017.
Its blog looked at various dates, including Cyber Monday and its promise of huge Internet savings.
As it were, November 7 remains the best day to pull out the ol’ credit card and book your flight.
Hipmunk even offered a spotlight on the various cities that garner huge savings over the transom of the holidays.
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Hipmunk explains on this value date: “This applies in general (not just for flights bought for Xmas travel). Not only is it the most-booked day in November, it’s also the day where consumers can find their lowest price ($243 average price as compared to Cyber Monday’s $294).”
Here is a graphic that illustrates the kind of deals still available on Nov. 7 for the normally busy and expensive Christmas travel dates.
Image courtesy Hipmunk
Huge savings can be found in cities such as Orlando, Phoenix, Atlanta, Tampa and San Francisco.
Normally, the savvy traveler would wait for Cyber Monday and the bumper crop of discounts that come with that delicious day of value bedlam, but Hipmunk found that you actually save a great deal more by booking a shade earlier than the Internet’s answer to Black Friday.
Hipmunk continues that the savings isn’t relegated to travel specifically on Christmas: “And to drive it all home, the average booking price was 16 percent lower than the average Nov. booking price, while Cyber Monday’s bookings were actually 1 percent higher than the average Nov. price.”
The bad news is you have less than a week to decide where you are headed over the holidays.
The good news is that you now have an advantage over those suckers waiting for the most value-laden Monday of the year.