SAVE NEARLY $200 ON THANKSGIVING TRAVEL: BOOK FLIGHTS EARLY, HOTELS LATE

Data from Travel Company Hipmunk Reveals Tips for Agony-Free Thanksgiving Travel

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 13, 2014) — It may be the dog days of summer, but now is the time to start thinking about turkey, stuffing, and football. Travel company Hipmunk evaluated historical travel data and found that by booking Thanksgiving airfare now but making hotel reservations in November, travelers can amass savings of almost $200.

Hipmunk found that Thanksgiving flight rates increase dramatically the longer travelers wait to book. On average, early birds who booked the week before Labor Day spent $424 on airfare, while those who booked during the week of Thanksgiving spent an average of $561—a difference of almost $140.

When to Book 2014 Thanksgiving Flights

To save even more this Thanksgiving, however, it pays to procrastinate on hotel reservations. Last year, those who booked in August spent an average of $177. Procrastinators who waited to reserve their hotels in November saved nearly $50 and spent an average of $131.

“When it comes to holiday travel, timing is key,” said Dr. Chris Slowe, chief scientist at Hipmunk. “Knowing when to purchase airfare at the lowest price or which day of the week to fly to avoid crowds will help take the agony out of the holiday travel experience.”

According to Hipmunk’s analysis, 62 percent of Thanksgiving flyers departed the Tuesday or Wednesday before the holiday and 88 percent returned the Saturday or Sunday after the holiday. To avoid long lines, fly Monday or even on the holiday itself, and then return the Friday after.

Use Hipmunk to find cheap flights for Thanksgiving, and download Hipmunk’s Hotel and Flight App from the App Store and Google Play.

About Hipmunk
Hipmunk is the fastest, easiest way to plan travel. The site and mobile apps help save time and money by comparing top travel sites to show the perfect flight or hotel at the cheapest price. Hipmunk offers the most comprehensive travel search, from commercial flights, trains, and charter flights to hotels and vacation rentals through Airbnb and HomeAway. The unique display makes it easy to visually compare results to choose the best option.

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Media Contact
Liz Santos
Hipmunk
liz@hipmunk.com
650-735-1579

Book Holiday Flights Before Cyber Monday To Save Money!

Haven’t booked your flight home for the December holidays?  We analyzed historical data and discovered that airfare prices will increase even more after Cyber Monday!  Travelers looking to book holiday airfare should book before Cyber Monday on December 2nd , in order to save up to 46% on flights.

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 Airfare for Christmas travel (December 22-29) in 2012 increased dramatically as the holiday approached. Travelers who booked between December 3-9 paid up to 22 percent more ($651 rather than $532 per ticket), and those who booked on or after December 10 paid up to 46 percent more ($775 rather than $532 per ticket).  Here is a chart which shows the average price increases between November 26th – December 16th.  

The longer you wait, the more you can expect to pay.  Go to Hipmunk to book your flight today!

This Mother’s Day, Give the Gift of Travel

Finding the perfect gift for someone can be exciting, annoying, frustrating, or downright difficult – especially when that person happens to be your mother. Countless times we’ve given our mothers a day at the spa, flowers or a framed photo. While the gifts are always appreciated, they just don’t seem to convey exactly how much we love our moms. What is the perfect gift that can show mom just how much we love and appreciate her? We say travel.

Giving the gift of travel is actually gifting someone with a unique and memorable experience. Whether a trip to Paris, New York or Hawaii, each holds the possibility for memories to be made that are guaranteed to be cherished. Seeing a gorgeous sunset in Bora Bora or eating the best gelato in Rome are some of the types of memories that we fondly remember when we speak about our travels. Giving someone the opportunity to experience a new city or country is a gift that quite doesn’t compare to a dozen roses. But what may even be better than sending your mom on a relaxing beach vacation, is actually going on a trip with her.

We think that giving the gift of travel is overlooked. We can all get caught up in our day to day, and when the moment comes, it’s easier to send a bouquet of flowers than it is to plan a memorable trip for that special woman in your life. But we challenge you to think about giving travel. To help inspire you,  some of our Facebook fans shared with us how they have  given the gift of travel to their mothers.

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So this Mother’s Day, we encourage you to think about giving the gift of travel – whether a weekend getaway or a two week safari – we’re certain this gift won’t compare with others.

 

 

 

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