With the holiday season approaching, many Americans are finalizing their travel plans, getting ready to see friends and family around the country. Priceline.com reports that there are some simple tips that travelers can follow to find better airfare on their trips.
Priceline.com’s so-called Travel Ekspert, Brian Ek, notes that probably the best advice for people is to pay attention to what days they are traveling.
Prices can vary dramatically from day to day and certain dates around the holidays can prove excessively expensive, in addition to generally being the busiest and most frustrating to travel on.
For the week leading up to Thanksgiving, the primary day to avoid is Wednesday, November 23, as many people plan their travel for the first opportunity after work or school lets out. Coming home, travelers should avoid Saturday through Monday, when the bulk of vacationers will be returning.
Travelers should also avoid the Thursday and Friday before Christmas weekend, December 23 and 24, as well as Christmas itself and the day after, December 25 and 26.
In general aiming for early or late flights will save the most money, though mid-day tickets can also be reasonable.
While this might seem like a lot of hassle, tickets for Thanksgiving and Christmas have risen 6 percent and 3 percent over last year, respectively, making the extra effort worth the savings.