The Most Expensive Days To Fly at Thanksgiving

The Most Expensive Days To Fly at Thanksgiving


When’s the best time to depart for the big family feast? It is impossible to predict what the cheapest day of the year to fly will be. Even if you look at the previous year’s prices and patterns, there’s no telling that the same pattern would happen the following year.

However, In general, the busiest and most expensive days tend to be Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Flying on Thanksgiving Day typically offers the lowest possible fares.


Here are some tips for finding the cheapest days to fly during Thanksgiving. Your experience may be different depending on the route, airport, if you fly a non-stop or connecting flight (non-stops are typically more expensive).

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  • Most expensive days to fly: Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after.
  • Cheaper days to fly: Monday (Nov. 21 and Tuesday Nov 22) before Thanksgiving, Tuesday after (Nov. 29)
  • Cheapest day to fly: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24)

Tip: It may seem strange to travel on Thanksgiving Day, but keep a open mind. Airports are usually emptier, security lines are faster, and if you fly early in the day, you won’t miss any of the festivities.


Some of the cheaper days for Thanksgiving tend to be:

  • Thursday to Tuesday
  • Thursday to Saturday
  • Tuesday to Tuesday

Tip: If you can’t fly these days, try including one cheaper day and you’ll still save something.


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