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NOW Is the Best Time to Book a Flight for Thanksgiving

Airfare app Hopper expects $271 to be a good rate, so if you see cheaper tickets, don't hesitate to book!
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Thanksgiving is just over a month away, and if you haven't booked your flight yet, it's time to stop procrastinating. Right now is the best time to buy your holiday plane tickets if you want to save money.

Seriously, Book Thanksgiving Flights ASAP

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.

Hopper recommends booking no later than one month before your departure in order to find a good price.

Airfare app Hopper recommends booking no later than one month before your departure in order to find a good price. This means you still have time to find Thanksgiving airfare that won't make you weep, but you shouldn't wait long.

A $271 Ticket Is a Good Deal

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 $184 at the time of this writing; you'd depart on November 20 and return on November 27. The ticket is almost $90 below Hopper's "good deal" price, so this is a prime example of a situation where it pays to book without delay!

SEE ALSO: Here's the Best Time to Book a Flight for EVERY Holiday

No matter what your travel plans are like, just remember it's in your wallet's best interest to book ASAP. 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 too long!

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!


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Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
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