Expedia Reveals When to Book Flights for the 2019 Holiday Season

BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to booking airfare, common sense says to plan ahead in order to get the best deals. But the sweet spot for flights can vary, with seasonality, travel dates and other factors all influencing price. Each year, Expedia.com® aims to take the guess work out of holiday travel by analyzing thousands of holiday bookings to determine the optimal time to book and save. Tips include:

    --  Traveling on the holiday itself often yields the cheapest rates
    --  Book at least two weeks to a month ahead of your trip
    --  Avoid starting your trip on the Saturday before the holiday - this was
        consistently the most expensive day to fly

Holiday Airfare Booking Tips

Thanksgiving

    --  Cheapest Time to Buy: October 29 - November 13
        --  Booking two weeks to a month in advance of travel saved travelers
            more than five percent.
        --  Those who booked 91+ days out and less than one week out paid the
            most, with last-minute bookers paying more than 20% above average.
    --  Best Time to Fly:
        --  For the cheapest rates, start your trip on Thanksgiving Day - last
            year travelers who departed on Thanksgiving paid about $100 less
            than those who departed the Saturday prior to the holiday.
        --  If traveling on the holiday is a no-go, your second cheapest options
            will be starting your trip on Monday or Tuesday of Thanksgiving
            week.
        --  Data confirms the busiest travel day leading up to the holiday is
            Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.

Christmas

    --  Cheapest Time to Buy: November 23 - December 9
        --  Booking during this window saved travelers around 15 percent, so aim
            to book at least two weeks to a month in advance of travel.
        --  While last-minute bookers payed around 2% more than average, early
            birds who booked 91+ days out paid around 15% more than the average
            holiday traveler.
    --  Best Time to Fly:
        --  The cheapest day to fly was Christmas Eve, with travelers paying
            around $100 less than those who started their trip on the Saturday
            prior to the holiday.
        --  If traveling on Christmas Eve or day isn't an option, aim to start
            your trip on the 23(rd).
        --  Data confirms the busiest travel day leading up to Christmas is
            shaping up to be December 21(st).

More Tips to Help Travelers Save this Holiday

It's not quite time to start booking, but there are some things travelers should do in the meantime to make sure they get the most out of their holiday trip:

    --  Set up price alerts and favorite the hotels you like. If you log in or
        create an Expedia.com account, your recent searches and any hotels you
        save will automatically be saved in "My Trips" so you can come back and
        track price changes.
    --  Work the Rewards. If you haven't already done so, make sure you're
        signed up for any travel loyalty programs. With Expedia's free Rewards
        program, travelers can collect points to redeem on air, hotel and
        package bookings, while still collecting frequent flier miles. Plus,
        when you book on the Expedia Mobile App, points are worth double.
    --  Save by bundling your flight with hotel. Whether you book your flight
        and hotel at the same time on Expedia or come back and add a hotel
        later, you'll save. Travelers save an average of up to $600 on package
        bookings.
    --  Double-check blackout dates. If you're preparing to use a companion
        ticket or award miles to book flights, look up the fare blackout dates
        so you know exactly what days you can depart and return home.
    --  Prepare your travel documents. Don't get left behind because you didn't
        have the necessary documents to leave the country. Remember: processing
        times for new U.S. Passports range anywhere from 2-8 weeks, and if you
        already have a passport make sure it won't expire within six months of
        your travel dates.
    --  Enroll in TSA Precheck or Clear. Save yourself a lot of time and
        security line headaches by applying for TSA Precheck or Clear before
        your trip. You'll get to skip the longest lines at security and keep
        your shoes on. TSA Precheck is absolutely worth the $85 fee, and your
        application lasts for five years. Clear is another great way to speed
        through security lines.
    --  Mark your calendars for major sales. There are so many ways to save on
        Expedia before and during the holidays. Our epic Black Friday and Cyber
        Monday sale - November 29-December 2 - will have hundreds of deals on
        flights, hotels, activities, and more.

More information: Visit www.expedia.com

Cheapest time to buy and fly based on 2018 Expedia.com flight demand.

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