Now Is the Time to Book Thanksgiving Flights

September 7, 2018 Updated: September 7, 2018

If you haven’t booked your flights for Thanksgiving yet, you should do it now.

After summer’s expensive fares, airlines tend to lower fares during back-to-school time, over a four-week period starting the third week of August through the second week of September. After this point, prices will steadily rise until Thanksgiving, according to online travel agency CheapOair.

“Over the past several weeks, our team of data scientists completed a thorough analysis of flight trends from every angle possible. Data shows that prices will only go upwards starting around the end of September, so for those who already know they’ll be traveling in November and December, don’t wait on starting your search for airfare bookings,” said CheapOair founder and CEO Sam S. Jain in a press release.

According to travel search engine Skyscanner, the best savings are to be expected the week of Aug. 27 (7 percent savings) followed by the week of Oct. 1. September is the best month to book.

The worst savings are expected the week of Nov. 19 followed by the week of Nov. 12.

If you’re curious about the top 10 domestic destinations for Thanksgiving, here’s a list from Skyscanner:

  1. New York
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Chicago
  5. Miami
  6. San Francisco
  7. Washington D.C.
  8. Orlando
  9. Denver
  10. Atlanta

The top international destinations for Thanksgiving are London, Mexico City, and Cancun.

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