NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Every parent knows taking the family on a trip can be expensive. With just one week to go until Halloween, that means Thanksgiving is also just around the corner. A lot of families are going to be flying this Thanksgiving so if you want to save money, you want to book soon to get the flights you want. There are days and times you’ll want to avoid if you have a flexible schedule.
If saving money is the goal: avoid these days. ABC News found Wednesday through Sunday of thanksgiving week and Sunday to Sunday are the most popular, especially for parents who need to get the kids back to school but the typical round-trip flight during those travel periods could cost you around $650 dollars.
Just moving your days around could save you some money, even hundreds of dollars round-trip. Consider day-of flights, leaving on Thursday and returning on Friday or the following Tuesday.
If you can leave earlier in the week, you might also benefit. The two cheapest itineraries require flying on Thanksgiving Day itself. If you fly early enough in the day you won’t miss out on all of the festivities. Plus, holiday airports tend to be calm and crowd-free.
If you have to travel on peak days, you may be able to save a little by picking a flight with a connection rather than a non-stop flight. If you can get all of your things in just a carry-on, you’ll save on checked bag fees and you won’t have to worry about it getting lost along the way which makes for a less stressful trip.