This Is Exactly When to Book Your Holiday Flights, According to Google

Updated 05/06/19
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As the holiday season creeps closer and closer, planning trips and booking flights are likely already on your to-do list. But when is the best time to book a flight and how can you ensure you're getting the best deal on tickets? What normally turns into a game of chance may not be so uncertain this year thanks to Google.

The search engine recently sourced data from Google Flights to determine the cost of flights around the holidays during 2017. With that data, it's able to provide information on exactly how much flights cost last year leading up to departure, so you can make an educated purchase when selecting flights for your holiday travel this year. The data reveals flight costs from major cities including, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Fransico, and Washington. For example, if you're traveling from New York City to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving, based on the numbers from 2017, you'll want to book your flight about three months before departure in order to score the lowest airfare.

Even if your hometown isn't among one of the cities that Google has listed Richard Holden, vice president of product management for travel, still offers some helpful advice for all travelers. For instance, he advises you consider taking a day or two off work after Thanksgiving to save on flight costs, as many routes offer lower than average prices if you return home on November 27 or 28. He also recommends booking holiday travel by mid-September no matter where you're based to save the most money during this expensive time of the year.

Curious to learn more? Take a look through some key findings for Thanksgiving, December holidays, and New Year's Eve from Google below.

Price Trends During Thanksgiving

LAX to NYC: Book 88 days before departure

CHI to ATL: Book 59 days before departure

NYC to LON: Book 85 days before departure

SFO to HNL: Book 19 days before departure

WAS to ORL: Book 63 days before departure

For more Thanksgiving price trends, head to Google to search for your city.

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Price Trends During December Holidays

LAX to NYC: Book 95 days before departure

CHI to ATL: Book 10 days before departure

NYC to LON: Book 179 days before departure

SFO to HNL: Book 162 days before departure

WAS to ORL: Book 53 days before departure

For more December holiday price trends, head to Google to search for your city.

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Price Trends During New Year's Eve

LAX to NYC: Book 103 days before departure

CHI to ATL: Book 100 days before departure

NYC to LON: Book 115 days before departure

SFO to HNL: Book 168 days before departure

WAS to ORL: Book 56 days before departure

For more New Year's price trends, head to Google to search for your city.

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