A potential run-up in average airfares for the Thanksgiving and winter holidays has yet to materialize, according to priceline.com, bringing good news to travelers who haven’t secured their holiday tickets. At the beginning of October, priceline.com reported that the national average for Thanksgiving airfares was $400, or 4% higher than 2010. Over the past four weeks, the average fare for Thanksgiving has risen slightly to $407, which is 6% higher than fares for the same period last year. For winter holiday and Christmas travelers, the news is even better. In early October, the average winter holiday airfare was $475, or 1% higher than 2010. Over the past four weeks, the average winter holiday airfare has dropped to $451. According to Priceline’s Best Days To Fly Calendar for the holidays:
The most affordable days to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday
are November 19, 20, 21, 22, 24 (Thanksgiving Day), 25, 29 and 30.
The most affordable days to fly over the Christmas holiday are December 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28 and 31.