At Skyscanner, we crunched the data from years past to reveal the best time to book Christmas flights for the 2018 holiday. If you haven't booked yet, get ready, because we're currently in crunch time for Christmas flights!
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Fast Facts: Best Time To Book 2019 Christmas Flights
- Cheapest month to book domestic flights: October. Prices are 4% less than average.
- Cheapest month to book international flights: October. Prices are 3% above average compared to December where they jump to 5% more expensive.
- Best weeks to book domestic flights: 10/8-11/19. Flights are 3% below average.
Takeaway: Now is the time to book!Start your Christmas Flight Search
When is the Best Time to Buy Christmas Flights in 2019?
Best Week to Book Christmas Flights
According to Skyscanner data, the best time to buy a Christmas flight is between the weeks of 10/8-11/19. Booking during this time period could save you an estimated 3% on your Christmas flights. Last-minute flights a week before Christmas are 9% above average.
Cheapest Month to Book Christmas Flights
We analyzed booking data from Christmas travel in 2017 to determine likely price trends for Christmas flights in 2018.
Skyscanner estimates the cheapest month to book your domestic Christmas flights in 2018 is in October, for an estimated percent savings of 4% off domestic flights. For international travel, we recommend to book in October as flights increase to 5% above average if you wait until December.
Christmas 2018 flight deals currently available include:
- Fly to Philadelphia in December from $48
- Book flights to Atlanta from $49
- Christmas flight deals to Orlando from $49
- Fly to Washington DC from $56
- Book flights to Las Vegas from $68
- Fly to Miami for Christmas from $70
Want a change of scenery? Here are some of the cheapest destinations from around the world for Christmas 2018 travel:TAP TO START YOUR FLIGHT SEARCH
How much are travelers spending on their Christmas Flights?
Can you guess the average cost for a flight booked during the Xmas holiday in 2017? People within the U.S. are willing to spend more than normal when it comes to booking their holiday travels. In 2017, the average flight price for Christmas travel was $910 round-trip. Hopefully that makes you feel a little bit better about the price you pay!
If you know where you’re going for the Christmas holiday this year, try setting a Price Alert to get notified when prices drop from your origin city to your destination.
Popular Destinations for Christmas Flights
Where are people traveling over the Christmas holiday? The table below shows the top 10 destinations for domestic and international flights during the Christmas holiday. Fun fact: New York City prices increased by almost 21% for Christmas travel, and Miami increased by almost 34% compared to the cost to fly to these destinations the week before Christmas.
|Popular Domestic Destinations||Popular International Destinations|
|Las Vegas||Mexico City|
Travel Hacks and Tips to save you money 👇
Good cheer, good friends , and fun are what the winter holidays are all about. Finding cheap holiday flights can be a bit of a hassle. Before you book your Christmas flights, make sure you follow these travel tips to save even more money:
Month Search for the cheapest flights during the year
If you are in search of a last minute flight deal that meets your budget needs, then you should be flexible. This could mean choosing flight times that correspond to quiet periods at airports. Skyscanner can help find that best time to fly with the BEST MONTHS TO TRAVEL search tool.
Everywhere Search for the cheapest flights anywhere
Another way to grab cheap flights is by being flexible with your destination, and the airport you’re flying from or to. Besides the price savings, you also get to explore a greater variety of destinations around the world without busting your budget. Check out our EVERYWHERE SEARCH feature to find the cheapest route.
Price Alerts for the best time to book
Signing up for price alerts is another great way to book cheap last-minute flights to your preferred airport destination. Set up price alerts for these great weekly deals by following our step-by-step-guide..
Multi City Search – Book up to 6 destinations on the same trip!
Looking for more ways to save with Skyscanner’s search features? Check out how to search for multi-destination flights, with our Multi City Search Tool so you can check off more than one destination during your trip, while still saving big time.