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Thanksgiving is a month away, and if you haven't booked your flight yet, it's time to stop procrastinating. Today is your very last chance to buy your holiday plane tickets if you want to save money.
People usually travel for holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day over weekends. While that kind of travel tends to be easier to track, it's not the same for holidays like Thanksgiving. For Turkey Day, travelers could be flying out the week before, the day of, or even a few days after the holiday itself.
Airfare app Hopper recommends booking no later than one month before your departure in order to find a good price. And according to data from the travel site Expedia, the optimal window for booking and saving on flights this year ends on October 22. This means today is your last chance to find Thanksgiving airfare that won't make you weep. After today, you can expect prices to go up — and for you to pay more the closer it gets to your departure date.
The best airfare prices can vary depending on the time of year and holiday. For Thanksgiving, Hopper expects $271 to be a good deal this year for most travelers. And if you happen to see cheaper flights than that, don't risk missing out. You should book right away!
For instance, a round-trip flight from Pittsburgh to Nashville, TN, costs only $189 at the time of this writing; you'd depart on November 20 and return on November 27. The ticket is $82 below Hopper's "good deal" price, so this is a prime example of a situation where it pays to book without delay!
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No matter what your travel plans are like, just remember it's in your wallet's best interest to book today. Ticket prices are expected to surge in the beginning of November. According to the travel search engine Skyscanner, in terms of savings, the worst week to book Thanksgiving airfare is the week of November 19; the week of November 12 is the second worst. So don't wait!
Readers, have you already made your holiday travel plans? How much were you able to save by booking in advance? Let us know in the comments below!