Save Money: Know the Best Days to Fly This Holiday Season!

BY: - 15 Oct '13 | Travel

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I was running errands and shopping when I went to JCPenney to buy some bath towels. And I was smacked in the face with…wait for it…Christmas decorations.  Wait it’s only October 13th…I just bought Halloween Oreos (lol). The holiday creep (as its called in the retail industry) has already started.  So with that in mind, we thought we would help you get started on your holiday travel shopping with a few tips on the best days to fly and buy!

During non-holiday seasons, Tuesday and Wednesday are usually the cheapest days to fly and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are the best days to buy. According to, the best day/time to buy airline tickets is Tuesday @ 3pm (EST). Be warned that these deals will be pulled by Thursday.  Forget all of that, the holiday season is an entirely different ball game. Here’s our breakdown of the best/cheapest days to fly for this upcoming holiday season.

You’re not going to like it, but one of the cheapest days to fly every year is Thanksgiving Day.  This is the day that airfare rates go back down to pre-holiday rates. Following Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the next cheapest days to fly.  Rounding out the year, late afternoon and night on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are the next cheapest days to fly.

Christmas is on a Wednesday this year, which means peak travel days are going to be Saturday December 21st and 28th.  This means the airlines will hike airfare on those days. However, the most expensive day to fly this holiday season is…Thursday, December 26th! Why you might ask?  Everyone wants to spend actual Christmas Day with family and friends and then return home the next day.

If you have a preferred airline that you use a lot, (if you haven’t already) sign-up for their airfare alerts via email and text.  This way you won’t miss any of their amazing flash sales.  Don’t wait start searching now and buy your holiday airline tickets as soon as possible.

Be Happy.  Be Fabulous.  Be Well Traveled.

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations


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