Best Time to Book: Thanksgiving Edition

AAA advises travelers on best time to book flights, top destinations and where to stay this Thanksgiving

We’re two months away from Thanksgiving, and AAA says now is the time when most people buy their Thanksgiving flights. But if you’re willing to wait a few more weeks, you could end up scoring cheaper prices! Keep in mind, inventory may be limited, and your preferred times or nonstop flights may be sold out.

According to recent AAA booking data, most travelers book one or two months before Thanksgiving and still get an average ticket price. However, those who book closer to the holiday – less than a month before – get the best deals. The exception is waiting until Thanksgiving week itself to buy, when the average ticket price creeps back up.

When looking at which days to travel, Tuesday appears to be overtaking Wednesday as the busiest, while Sunday is the most expensive. Monday flights tend to be cheaper, but if you want to save the most money – and avoid the travel rush – book a flight for Thanksgiving Day itself.