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Analysts: Best Holiday Airfares Already Gone

Those looking for the lowest airfares for Thanksgiving, probably missed the window. But you can still find affordable tickets if you act fast.
Even with more websites and apps than ever at a traveler's disposal, booking travel during peak holiday periods can still be a headache.
 
Those looking for the lowest airfares for Thanksgiving, probably missed the window.  

According to an analysis of last year's bookings by travel website Kayak, the cheapest airfares for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve were found between September and mid-October.

But there may still time to book a flight at a good price.  Travelocity says they expect fares to climb even higher - during the week of November 10th.

Cheapair.com, which has been tracking holiday airfares, advises that travelers be realistic about what they're going to find.

Peak days like the day before Thanksgiving will often be the highest fares, but flying on the holiday - like Thanksgiving morning - can help you find some of the lowest prices.

Kayak found the best days for departure on domestic flights are the Monday or Tuesday of Thanksgiving week.

For the return, Thanksgiving Day, Friday, or the following Tuesday, avoiding the weekend rush.

Once you find a reasonable holiday fare, cheapair.com says buy it. That fare probably won't fall, and waiting to book could cost you big bucks, or leave you grounded without a seat at the dinner table.


(Karin Caifa for CNN's Consumer Watch)

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