Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images News/Getty Images

What Is The Cheapest Day To Buy Holiday Flights? Start Planning Your Winter Travel ASAP

By
Ad failed to load

I know, I know, you haven't even had time to show off your sweet Halloween costume yet, so why would you want to start thinking about holiday travel now? Well, if you're into seeing your family who lives across the country and actually having money leftover after booking those flights, then you might want to start planning. If you really want to save a bundle, it's best to figure out what the cheapest day to buy holiday flights is.

According to Business Insider, flights can cost upwards of 75 percent more durning the winter compared to the months before the holidays (like, now). Business Insider also recommends booking Thanksgiving flights after you've taken care of air travel that will place around Christmastime, since that is the busiest time of the year. It might seem like common sense to book your trips chronologically, but that could wind up costing you some big bucks.

To determine when holiday flights are the cheapest, Business Insider turned to a travel app called Hopper. According to their website, Hopper is able to predict the price of future flights, so that you can make sure that you're always getting the best price. How do they do it? On their website, the company said:

Ad failed to load
Since Hopper launched, our data-science team has collected a huge historical archive of trillions of flight prices. We analyze that data to share with our users through insightful predictions that consistently perform with 95 percent accuracy.

By using that data, Hopper discovered that 83 days before your departure is the best time to book flights for the holidays, so that means you should get on it in the first week of October. Seriously, when you're done reading this, Go. Book. Your. Flights.

Ad failed to load

What happens if you procrastinate? According to Hopper's research, holiday airfare will begin to go up in price about $4 a day around Thanksgiving. If you go a little too hard on the turkey and your post-dinner nap lasts until just before the holidays, you'll be paying even more. The two weeks leading up to Christmas (Dec. 25) will see prices of flights rise $7 a day, according to research done by Hopper.

Giphy

So, if you're finally convinced that you need to book your flights pronto, then you'll be excited to know that Hopper also has some good information about when to fly to get the best bang for your buck. Ready to take notes? OK, the cheapest days, according to Hoppers's research to fly are Saturday, Dec. 16 or Tuesday, Dec. 19. If you take to the sky on those days, you could save upwards of $110 — perfect for a little pre-holiday treat-yo-self day.

Ad failed to load

Whatever you do, try to avoid booking a flight for Friday, Dec. 22, because it is the busiest travel day of the season. When it comes to heading back to your abode after maybe a little too much family time, if you hold out until Thursday, Jan. 4, you'll be saving a pretty penny compared to staying at your parents' house on New Year's Day.

Now that you have you winter holidays planned, you can book for turkey day. When it comes to the day where pumpkin pie reigns supreme, Hopper's research found that prices start pretty high already (rude!) because airlines know that people don't have much flexibility with travel plans, since Thanksgiving is only one day. The good news is that prices will remain pretty much the same all throughout October. Waiting until November will see flight prices go up about $1 a day and then $10 a day in the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

If you really want to save beaucoup bucks, Hopper recommends avoiding travel on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 26.

Ad failed to load

The holidays already have potential to be a stressful time, what with last-minute gifts and some good old-fashioned family tension, so give yourself a break on the stress of finding great flight deals — and start booking now.

Pro-tip: snag your rental car as well, unless you want to pull a Steve Martin in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

Giphy
Ad failed to load

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

6 Commitment-Free Ways To Change Up Your Look After A Breakup, If You Feel Like It

I'm married and not breaking up (I just had to clarify before I get a call from my husband wondering what's going on). However, if for some reason we ever did separate (again, not happening!), I've imagined I'd have this Eat, Pray, Love moment where …
By Stephanie Montes

Here's Everything That's Leaving Netflix In June

Summer is here, and with it comes plenty of opportunity to binge watch more movies and TV shows that we never knew we needed in our lives. May has passed by in a blink of an eye, so I definitely need to catch up on what Netflix is getting rid of afte…
By Kristen Perrone

Cherry Print Is One Of Summer's Biggest Fashion Trends & It's So Much Sweeter Than Florals

If there's one thing that I've had my eye on this summer it's a cool, flirty cherry-print dress. Along with versatile black tops and blue denim, the color red has become a staple in my wardrobe this year and anytime I can infuse it into my daily look…
By Ariana Marsh

13 Must-Have Experiences You Should Buy In Your 20s, Instead Of A New Couch

Life is one big experience. When you hit your 20s, though, you start getting pulled in the direction of your responsibilities. It isn't totally a bad thing, but you don't want to get so wrapped into adulting that you forget life's zest. Amazing exper…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

I Tried Kim Kardashian's Weird Beauty Obsession & I Can't Stop Taking Selfies

You've been there before: You're scrolling through your Instagram feed when you see your favorite celeb post about their favorite new product — a face serum, vitamins that will make your skin brighter, or a specialty food service. You can't help but …
By Stephanie Montes

Where You Should Vacation This Summer, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Summer is so much more than just sweating in 90 degree weather and enjoying a long, lazy break from school (if you're lucky enough to still be in school). It's a time for making exciting new plans, falling madly and hopelessly in love, opening your m…
By Roya Backlund

Wander or Bust: The Amalfi Coast May Just Be The Most Beautiful Thing You'll Ever See

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Kaylin Pound

6 Brutally Honest Phases Of Life After A Breakup, Because You Will Survive 

If you've ever been through a bad breakup, you know that the struggle is real. For the weeks (or possibly months, if it was a really bad one) that follow, life can be rough, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Don't believe me? Just l…
By Rachel Shatto

Here's How You Can Find Out What Your Aura Color Is

Do you remember that movie Almost Famous? More specifically, the scene where William is trying to have a phone call with his mom, but a clairvoyant Band-Aid keeps shouting "Your aura is purple!" in his face? Well, that was the first time I had ever h…
By Roya Backlund

9 Women In Their 20s Reflect On The Advice They Wish They Had At Graduation

Graduating college can feel seriously scary. You've spent your entire life in school, working and preparing for the moment you enter the real world, but what happens when you get there? What if things don't go totally according to plan? You may have …
By Brittney Morgan

3 Early Signs You Are Going To Have Undeniable Chemistry With Your Crush

I don't know if there's anything better than the excitement of having a new crush — especially when that feeling's reciprocated. The butterflies that rush through your stomach as soon as they enter a room. The electricity that zips through your veins…
By Genevieve Wheeler

Emoji Pool Floats Are Here To Match Every Mood You’re In This Summer

Searching for the perfect poolside accessory to lounge around in this summer? This year’s hottest warm weather water trend isn’t a big floppy hat or designer sunglasses — it’s an emoji pool float. That’s right: Your favorite little digital expression…
By Rachel Murphy

Here's How Your Mood & Your Favorite Music Are Secretly Connected, According To Science

If you're someone who's likely to be found with ear buds in her ears at all times, you might not realize just how often you listen to music, or the ways in which it's really affecting you. From your morning commute to the tunes you blast while you co…
By Caroline Burke

This Is How Long It Takes For A Partner To Really Trust You, According To Experts

Trust is easily one of the most important parts of a healthy relationship, but typically, it's not something that's fully there from the start because it takes some time to build. How long it takes for a partner to trust you is a question that doesn'…
By Tayi Sanusi

7 Things You Forgot To Thank Your High School Friends For & Should ASAP

Friends are a dime a dozen, but a solid, genuine group of girlfriends can be difficult to come by. When you find your tribe, you need to stick with them until the end. For some lucky people, your high school friends have been your besties since day o…
By Rachel Chapman

These 3 Zodiac Signs Will Have The Best Week, So Bask In The Glory

It's officially the second week of May, and the warmth of spring has finally arrived. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the bright weather is allowing everyone to finally break out their favorite pair of shorts. If you think the gorgeou…
By Roya Backlund

7 Men Reveal What Attracted Them To Their Last Crush & They'll Make You Swoon

He reminded me of Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl. That's legitimately what I found appealing about my most recent crush. Sorry, but it doesn't get any deeper than that. In other instances though, when I'm not trying to live out my lustful, adolescen…
By Sydnee Lyons

A Relationship Expert Reveals His Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide

"Long-distance relationships are extremely relaxing and easy to navigate," said no one in a long-distance relationship ever. Whether you are bicoastal babes or a quick two-hour train ride apart, distance makes the heart grow fonder, but it also makes…
By Kimmy Foskett

7 Questions You Should Be Able To Answer About Your Life By The Time You Hit 30

Nobody has all of the answers in life, but you're probably pretty proud of yourself for how far you've come. Somewhere along the way, some of us got the hang of adulting and began to appreciate the unexpected things that come with being 20-something.…
By Marisa Casciano
)}