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The holidays are around the corner, and it happens to be the busiest time to travel. We analyzed our database, and found that the best time to book airfare for the December holidays is the week leading up to Veteran’s Day. If you book holiday travel before November 11th, Veteran’s Day, you could pay an average of $266 less than those who wait until December to book.
Airfare for Christmas travel (December 22-29) in 2012 increased dramatically as the holiday approached. Travelers who booked between December 3-9 paid up to 28 percent more ($651 rather than $509 per ticket), and those who booked on or after December 10 paid up to 52 percent more ($775 rather than $509 per ticket). Compared to these prices, travelers booking the week of November 5-11 can avoid the price increases in December and save up to $266.
Here’s a helpful graph to show the average price increases based on 2012 data:
Based on this information, we recommend that if you’re thinking of traveling for Christmas, avoid procrastinating and book flights as soon as possible, so you can get the best airfare deals. Here are some additional tips if you’re thinking of traveling for the holidays:
- Find a place to stay for the whole family. A fun option for families who want to stay together during the holidays is booking a home rental for the whole family. Hipmunk makes it easy by showing users options for home rentals from Airbnb and HomeAway alongside hotels.
- Take the train. If you’re traveling a short distance, consider taking Amtrak between cities to save money and avoid crowded airports and long security lines. Hipmunk displays Amtrak trains in-line with flights so you always see the best and most affordable options.
- Embrace the experience. If flying isn’t in the plans this year, take time to explore your hometown, city or surrounding area. Go on a road trip or score a last-minute hotel deal with Hipmunk’s Tonight Deals feature, which allows users to save up to 60% off last-minute hotel bookings.
Beat the rush, save money, and book your holiday trip now by visiting www.hipmunk.com!