If your grim financial situation means you have to choose between flying for Thanksgiving or the December holidays, you may get a better deal for Turkey Day.
The average price for a round-trip domestic flight in the days surrounding Thanksgiving is $420, about the same as last year, according to airline ticket data analyzed by travel website Priceline.com. But the average fare during the time that includes Christmas and New Year’s is up 3%, to $444.
If you had booked Thanksgiving reservations back in early October, you would have paid $393 on average, while the average December holiday airfare was $430, according to Priceline.com.
But if you waited to book your Thanksgiving flight, you are not alone.
As of Oct. 26, 78% of Americans who said they planned to travel for Thanksgiving had yet to make reservations, according to travel website Hotwire.