Thanksgiving is supposed to be a joyous time, filled with family, parades, and several helpings of pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, the stress of travel can sometimes make the holiday feel like a burden. While planning last-minute getaways is not always easy, it doesn’t have to be as costly or inflexible as people may think. There are ways to work around emptying your savings account for a plane ticket home to celebrate Turkey Day with the family.
Read on to find out the best ways to find cheap, last-minute flights during the Thanksgiving holidays.
Tips & Tricks
There are several tips and tricks to save money on last-minute Thanksgiving flights. First off, it’s smart to book flights on off-peak travel days. According to Fare Compare, the cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. For Thanksgiving return flights specifically, you’ll save the most money flying home either Friday, November 25, or Tuesday, November 29, this year. The most expensive day to fly home will be Sunday, November 27 (between Saturday and Sunday, you’ll save more money flying home on Saturday). It’s also worth mentioning that flights will be cheaper if you’re willing to fly at less popular hours.
Booking two one-way flights instead of roundtrip will also put dollars back in your pocket. CNBC writes, “Travelers often book nonstop, round-trip fares by default, but that’s not always the best bargain. It increasingly pays to consider… doubling up on one-way fares…”
Another good idea? Try flying into smaller airports surrounding a metro area instead of large city ones. In general, driving a little further to get to the airport will help you save more money. And if you’re really desperate to not spend those bucks, bring carry-on luggage only. Most airlines charge $15-$20 for one piece of luggage per passenger, and additional baggage could be anywhere from $30 to $35.
According to Time, the best websites for booking last-minute travel deals are:
3) Hotel Tonight– This app (not a site) offers the best options for last-minute hotels and overnight stays. It shows you the place, price, and quality of the hotel.
When it’s all said and done, it’s important to stay open-minded and flexible when booking last-minute Thanksgiving flights. Doing your research and buying the right flights will make for a better holiday, so you can enjoy every last bite of that pumpkin pie.