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When to Book Holiday Travel

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | August 24, 2016

When to Book Holiday Travel

Booking well in advance for holiday travel is a wise idea, but experts say that you don’t have to make your plans as early as you might think to get big savings.

A Conde Nast Travel article by Katherine LaGrave notes data from travel search engine Skyscanner that indicates booking closer may net bigger savings.  “The highest savings for U.S. holiday travel are available no more than four weeks prior to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s,” notes LaGrave. 

Also, according to the article, booking habits for U.S. domestic roundtrip travel also show that there are potential savings available to those booking flights the very same week.

Here are the best times for upcoming events:

For Thanksgiving, try booking around Oct. 17. 

“Skyscanner found that October has the best opportunities for savings, with the week of October 17 offering savings of 5.10 percent and four weeks out,” writes LaGrave. 

At Christmas, you will need to book around Thanksgiving. 

“Historical data revealed that the best time to book Christmas travel is when you're packing for...Thanksgiving travel,” LaGrave recommends based on Skyscanner data. 

Big savings for New Year’s come the first week of December. 

“Book New Year's travel the week of December 5, and you could see savings of 10.57 percent,” she suggests. 

For more tips on when to book and some more detailed information on why, go here


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