Consumer Watch: Turkey Day airfare

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Despite websites and apps to help you, booking flights during peak holiday periods can still be a headache.

First, we have to face the facts. Those looking for the lowest airfares for Thanksgiving, probably already 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 said they expect fares to climb even higher during the week of November 10.

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, the best days are 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.

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