Book TODAY to Get the Best Price on Presidents' Day Flights

Looking to get away for the 3-day weekend? Then you better buy your tickets ASAP, or you'll wind up paying more than you need to.
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Presidents' Day is coming up on Monday, February 19 — and that extra day off can make for a great weekend getaway. But if you're looking to book a flight without separating yourself from too many dead presidents, you need to get tickets now. And by now, we mean today.

To figure out when to buy plane tickets for Presidents' Day, we consulted the team at Hopper, a travel app that analyzes billions of flight prices each day. Keep reading to find out why you need to book your flights ASAP.

Buy Your Tickets Now

Right now, a good deal on a domestic roundtrip ticket for Presidents' Day weekend will set you back about $247, a few bucks less than last year. Hopper says to buy your tickets at least three weeks before you plan to fly, so if you're looking to depart on the Saturday before Presidents' Day — February 17 — that means booking by January 27.

Hopper says to buy your tickets at least three weeks before you plan to fly, so book by January 27 if you want to depart on the Saturday before Presidents' Day.

After that, expect prices to rise by about $1.75 per day. Starting February 3, fares will increase by as much as $9 per day. And beginning February 10 (one week out), you'll see prices jump by more than $11 a day.

When Should You Fly?

A quick weekend trip from Friday to Monday is a nice way to avoid taking vacation days, but it's also one of the more expensive times to book — everyone else has the same idea. No matter where you're purchasing plane tickets, search a few days before and a few days after the travel dates you'd prefer. Then decide if the lower ticket price is worth taking an additional vacation day.

How Else Can You Save?

A few deals are available right now that may fit your Presidents' Day getaway. Southwest Airlines' nationwide sale currently has tickets for as low as $40 each way. Also, if you book with Orbitz on a Friday, there's a chance you'll pay nothing for your flight. The site is choosing one lucky winner each week to receive their booked flight for free.

SEE ALSO: 5 Ways to Save on Your Next Flight

Another savings strategy is to pick your destination based on flight prices. For example, February is a particularly cheap month to fly to some of Hopper's most popular travel destinations: Chicago ($228 roundtrip), Los Angeles ($272), and San Francisco ($295).

Tips to Remember

Before you book your flight, be aware that the ticket price you see may not be the amount you end up paying. Airlines often tack on extra fees, and spending additional cash on luggage (expect at least $25 each way) or better seats (at least $10 each way) can up the price by quite a bit.

Also, when you're searching, remember that vacation packages can be a good deal. They often bundle your flight and hotel, and sometimes even a rental car. Plus, on many travel sites, searching for bundles is as simple as hunting for airfare by itself. Head to a travel search site like Expedia, Hipmunk, or Kayak to see if bundling can bring you a bargain.

Readers, what great deals have you scored on Presidents' Day travel? Tell us about them in the comments below!

Former Senior Staff Writer

Stephen has been writing for such national and regional publications as The Village Voice, Paste, The Agit Reader, and The Big Takeover for 20 years. He covered consumer electronics and technology for DealNews from 2013 to 2018.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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