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Buy Thanksgiving airfare now or spend a fortune later

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This is the week to buy your Thanksgiving plane tickets to capture the biggest savings.

According to CheapAir, the average cost for a plane ticket for Thanksgiving 2016 in the U.S. is $456 - and that is up significantly from October.  

The day before Thanksgiving is the most expensive day to fly...and November 27th will be the day when the airports are packed with the most travelers. 

Some tips from FareCompare blogger Rick Seaney:

  • Buy now. As of November 2016, domestic airfare prices climb $4 or $5 daily on average.
  • Search multiple airline sites. Check ticket prices on several airline sites and use a fare comparison site like Priceline or Kayak for prices.
  • Be as flexible as possible, such as flying on unpopular days like Thanksgiving, or fly in and out of hub airports and then drive the rest of the way if it’s feasible.
  • Fly with a stop or two between your departure and destination cities instead of only booking a non-stop flight.
  • Only travel with a carry-on bag, which is typically free and unlikely to get lost since it stays with you, unlike checked luggage.

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