The Best and Worst Days to Fly for the Holidays This Year
With scorching temperatures currently found across much of the country, Thanksgiving and the December holidays can feel like they’re in the distant future. And if summer travel has been any indication, flying anywhere this holiday season is probably going...
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With scorching temperatures currently found across much of the country, Thanksgiving and the December holidays can feel like they’re in the distant future. And if summer travel has been any indication, flying anywhere this holiday season is probably going to be a nightmare.
But some days will be worse than others—at least in terms of the cost of flights and crowds at the airport. Taking traffic, fares, and other factors into consideration, here are the best and worst days to fly for the 2022 holiday season.
If you plan to travel for Thanksgiving and haven’t booked your flights yet, keep these dates in mind:
Based on travel data from previous holiday seasons, the team at The Vacationer predicts that the worst day to fly ahead of Thanksgiving is Wednesday, November 23, noting that it’s one of the most popular days of the year to fly, expensive, and that “airports are always packed, so it is an extra stressful experience.”
The worst day for a return flight is Sunday, November 27, because again, airports will be crowded—this time, with people who want to get home before the workweek starts.
On the other hand, the best departure dates for Thanksgiving travel are:Monday, November 21Tuesday, November 22Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day)
While flying on the holiday itself isn’t ideal, it may end up being the cheapest and easiest option, so it’s worth considering.
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The best dates for return flights are:Friday, November 25Monday, November 28Tuesday, November 29
Here’s what to know about booking flights around Christmas and Hanukkah:
The worst days for a departure flight are:Thursday, December 22Friday, December 23
And the worst days for a return flight include:Monday, December 26 (last night of Hanukkah)Tuesday, December 27
The earlier you’re able to fly out for Christmas and Hanukkah, the better. As it gets closer to the holidays, the best days for a departure flight are:Sunday, December 18 (first night of Hanukkah) Monday, December 19Tuesday, December 20Saturday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)Sunday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
And the best days for a return flight include:Wednesday, December 28Thursday, December 29Friday, December 30
For more information, you can find the entire report from The Vacationer here.