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.

To save time and money on your Thanksgiving travel visit or download the Hipmunk Hotel and Flight App for free 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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Adding One to the Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Thanksgiving is just a couple days away, and today we’re announcing the fifth and final winner of our Thanksgiving travel giveaway. Everyone should be able to spend the holidays with friends, family, and loved ones, and we’re thrilled to help connect a few people!

Today’s lucky winner is Britten Wolf of Omaha, NE! Here’s the Facebook comment he left us:

Congrats to Britten who will likely make his sister’s day! Happy we can get her some help with Thanksgiving dinner this year. We’ll send you a note and get your ticket booked asap.

And thank you to our hundreds of fans and followers who entered our contest and sent us your hilarious, thoughtful, and selfless reasons for wanting to be home at the Thanksgiving. We wish we could have flown all you of you home!

Safe travels to all, and Happy Thanksgiving!


Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner!

Thanksgiving is just three days away, and we know airfare prices were really high this season and not affordable for everyone. That’s why we’ve decided to send five lucky people home for the holiday to be with there friends, family, and loved ones. Last week we gave away three flights, and today we’re announcing the fourth…

Today’s lucky winner is Kristen Malzone of Long Beach, NY who wants to fly her brother Vinny home. What a great and selfless sister! Here’s the tweet she sent us:

Congrats, to Kristen and Vinny. We’re happy we can help get some (turkey) meat on his bones!  We’ll send you a note and get his ticket booked asap.

There is one more chance to win! Enter by telling us in ten words or less why you want to go home for Thanksgiving. You can leave a comment on the blog, Facebooktweet at us, or email Andrea (at) hipmunk (dot) com. 

Good luck and happy and safe travels. 



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