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Best Time to Buy Thanksgiving Flights in 2018

At Skyscanner, we crunched the data from years past to reveal the best time to book Thanksgiving flights for the 2018 holiday. If you haven't booked yet, get your credit card ready, because we're currently in crunch time for Thanksgiving flights!

Based on 2017 booking data from 60+ million monthly users, here is some useful information on the best time to buy flights for Thanksgiving 2018. 

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Fast Facts: Best Time to Book Flights for Thanksgiving 2018

Best savings:Week of August 27 (7% savings) followed by week of October 1 (6% savings
Best month to book:September (tap here to book now!) 
Worst savings:Week of November 19 followed by week of November 12 (tap here to book now!) 
Average search lead-time:53 days out (September 30) (tap here to book now!) 

Takeaway: Now is the time to book!

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Domestic and International Thanksgiving Deals 👇

Domestic International
Jackonsville, FL from $47 Round-trip San Juan, PR from $131 Round-trip
Orlando, FL from $50 Round-trip Vancouver, CA from $164 Round-trip
Washington, DC from $60 Round-trip Reykjavik from $196 Round-Trip
Denver, CO from $69 Round-trip Dublin from $214 Round-Trip
Las Vegas, NV from $72 Round-trip Bimini from $216 Round-Trip

The above deals were found through a U.S. to Everywhere search in the month of November 2018. Prices change frequently – set a price alert to know when they do!

The Details: Cheapest Month to Book Thanksgiving Flights

According to analysis of 2017 Skyscanner booking data, the cheapest month to book Thanksgiving flights is September when the average price for flights will be $429 (tap here to search now). There will still be savings to make in October when the average Thanksgiving flights price will be $439.

Book in September for the cheapest Thanksgiving Flights in 2018

The Details: Cheapest Week to Book Thanksgiving 2018 Flights

13 weeks before Thanksgiving 2018 is expected to be the cheapest week to book your flights. Travel deals could be 7% cheaper than the average price of flights. 8 weeks before Thanksgiving is another time for bargains with flights 6% cheaper

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Average Price for Thanksgiving Flights

We took a look the range of prices people paid for Thanksgiving flights in 2017 to give some insight on what flight prices may be around the end-of-year holidays. The average price was $528. The majority of travelers who booked with Skyscanner found flights for cheaper than average, with the largest group booking flights in the $300-400 range. The average search lead-time is 53 days out on September 30

Top Ten Domestic Destinations for Thanksgiving

Analysis shows that early booking helps to ensure you find the best flight deal before you fly home for the holidays. 

DestinationAvg. Price Week Before Thanksgiving Average Price Thanksgiving
New York$294.52$421.10
Las Vegas $253.04$342
Los Angeles$333.61$438.94
Chicago$255.34$368.29
Miami$229.66$398.04
San Francisco$336.29$394.17
Washington, DC$293.81$374.31
Orlando$231.17$358.10
Denver$248.94$324.81
Atlanta$250.51$371.31
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Cheapest Days of the Week to Book Popular Thanksgiving Domestic Destinations

Interested in traveling to Denver over Thanksgiving? Book on Sunday to save on your flight! Want to travel to Miami? Book on Friday for top flight savings. Find the cheapest day to book your flight to trending Thanksgiving destinations below.

When to Depart for Top Thanksgiving Domestic Destinations

Find which departure days to avoid for your Thanksgiving flight based on 2017 flight bookings.

DestinationWorst Dates
Best Dates
New YorkNov. 1, 10, 16, 22Nov. 5, 12, 19, 25
MiamiNov. 4, 10, 17, 22Nov. 5, 14, 19, 26
Los AngelesNov. 3, 10, 17, 22Nov. 6, 12, 19, 25
Las VegasNov. 3, 10, 17, 22Nov. 12, 14, 19, 26
Chicago Nov. 3, 10, 17, 22Nov. 5, 12, 19, 25
WashingtonNov. 3, 10, 17, 22Nov. 6, 12, 14, 19
San FranciscoNov. 3, 10, 17, 22Nov. 5, 7, 14, 19
OrlandoNov. 3, 10, 17, 22Nov. 6, 12, 19, 26
DenverNov. 3, 10, 17, 22Nov. 5, 12, 19, 25
AtlantaNov. 3, 10, 17, 22Nov. 6, 13, 19, 25
Skyscanner City-Based Airport Data

Bear in mind, last year’s Thanksgiving was on Thursday, November 23rd. Overwhelming, the Wednesday right before Thanksgiving (Nov. 22nd) was one of the busiest days across most destinations to fly for the holiday. Beware of last minute flights and plan accordingly for long security lines! Each Friday prior to Thanksgiving was naturally busy as well (Friday the 10th and 17th of November).

The Sunday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 19th) proved to be one of the least busy dates to travel across destinations. Tuesday the 14th of November and Sunday the 12th of November were low traffic days, as well, if you plan on taking an extended Thanksgiving vacation! If one of these destination cities happens to actually be your return city, Saturday November 25th was a low traffic day after Thanksgiving. 

International Destinations for Thanksgiving 2018

Fly to London

It also pays to book early for your international flights if you choose to spend Thanksgiving with friends or family outside of the United States. 

Destination Avg. Price Week Before Thanksgiving Average Price Thanksgiving
London, United Kingdom $680.37 $740.30
Mexico City, Mexico $390.90 $462.01
Cancun, Mexico $390.54 $567.04
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