‘Twas the night before Black Friday, and shoppers did stress.
But not this savvy traveler, she knew—thanks to Hipmunk—when flight deals were best.
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and the next few days are a prime time for scoring great flight deals. Between Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Travel Tuesday, you’re bound to save on the trip you’ve been carefully planning. But when is the best time to start searching? Is there a day that’s more popular to book? We answer these questions (and more!) with our guide for finding the best travel deals this season.
When’s the best day to find a flight deal?
According to Hipmunk data, Cyber Monday beats out Black Friday and Travel Tuesday as the most popular day to search and book travel. In 2017, Cyber Monday searches surged 41 percent over November’s daily average. Travel Tuesday searches, meanwhile, saw an increase of 29 percent over the month’s daily average.
In 2017, Cyber Monday was the day to book travel, too. Bookings on Cyber Monday were up 27 percent over the average. Travel Tuesday saw an increase of 14 percent.
What about Black Friday?
Although the OG, Black Friday searches and bookings were lower than both Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday—in fact, the day’s average was lower than some random November dates, too. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t good flight deals to be found. Keep an eye out for deals on direct routes between big cities. For example, last year travelers booking flights between JFK and SFO saved 63 percent on the month’s median booking price when they booked on Black Friday. Travelers also saved big on routes likes LAX to ORD, BOS to SFO, and SFO to LAX.
The bottom line: if you find a sale that piques your interest on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, book it. Don’t wait until Travel Tuesday hoping the price will drop further.
Are there any deals happening now?
If the suspense of the shopping holidays has you itching to click ‘purchase’ on something this week, here are some deals to satiate your spending:
Our friends at TripIt have a Black Friday deal we think you’ll love. Now through November 23, you can get TripIt Pro for only $24—that’s a 50 percent savings on the app that organizes all your travel plans in one place. Signing up for the Pro version gives you access to helpful features such as check-in reminders, real-time flight alerts, terminal and gate reminders, and more. A perfect gift for the organized (or trying to be!) traveler in your life.
Note: Current Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions are available for new TripIt Pro subscriptions only.
A Wintry Getaway
WOW Air is ahead of the holi-deals game, offering low fares to Iceland and Europe now through November 25. The low-cost airline is offering flights to Reykjavik from $69 one-way and to Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt and London from $99 one-way—good on travel until April 10, 2019. These fares are available on selected flights from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.
Search now, buy later
Not seeing what you’re looking for destination-wise? When all else fails, conduct a flight search—now!— and then set a fare alert. If the price drops over the next few days, Hipmunk will send you a notification to book your trip.
Who knows, maybe you’ll even discover a new holiday and name it Fare Alert Friday.
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