Is Now the Best Time to Book Holiday Flights?

August 31, 2018

I know, I know, it’s September (or, about to be) and thinking about your holiday travel plans is like asking a 4-year-old what they want to be when they grow up—pointless, funny, and wayyyy too far in the future. But, what if I told you there was never a better time than now to get those plans in order? What if I told you you could actually save money (and time) down the line?

Thanks to Google Flights and its holiday season flight trend tracker, the answers you seek are just a few clicks away. The interactive feature allows its users to determine when the most cost-effective time to book a flight is. This particular one is Thanksgiving-centric and charts the cost of flights between various cities on the days leading up to the holiday.

Flying from New York to Miami on Nov. 22? Here’s when you should buy your ticket. Are you trying to get back to Chicago from Los Angeles the day after Turkey day? You could find a flight for as little as $170, if you book at the right time.

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Holiday travels can be stressful, but that doesn’t have to be the case. “Early September is the sweet spot for booking your Thanksgiving travel,” Thijs van As, a product manager for Google Flights, recently told Condé Nast Traveler. So, if it’s a deal you chase, there’s no better time than now to start peeking around. Who knows what you’ll find?

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When do you start booking holiday travel? Let us know in the comments below.

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Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent's Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he's worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he's most likely to be found eating shawarma.


Stephanie G. September 1, 2018
I agree. I wanted to search Dallas to D.C.
monica August 31, 2018
That's a ridiculously small number of cities to choose from. How is this helpful? What if I need to go from Dallas to Baltimore? or Salt Lake City to New Orleans? or Albuquerque to Philadelphia?