It’s never too early to start setting your holiday travel plans. If your flying this Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’ll get the best prices by booking six weeks in advance.
It’s usually best to buy airfare at least eight weeks in advance for maximum savings. But according to the folks at Hipmunk, the flight search engine, the sweet spot for buying holiday airfare this year is the week of October 3rd for Thanksgiving, and the week of November 7th for Christmas. Booking at that time will save you an average of 14% on your trip, but you might be able to save even more depending on where you are in the country. Some markets, like Orlando, Phoenix, Atlanta, and San Francisco could net you savings of nearly 50%. You can see potential savings for most of the major cities in the graphic below.