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Book Christmas Travel Immediately, Says Travelocity
Granted it's Travelocity's job to get you to buy tickets, but if you're looking to snag a good deal, it's smart to look at its data to get an idea of how much you'll be paying and how much when you purchase the ticket will affect the final price.
Here is Travelocity's booking barometer:
|8 weeks before||Oct 30 - Nov 5||$ 314.00|
|7 weeks before||Nov 6 - Nov 12||$ 320.00|
|6 weeks before||Nov 13 - Nov 19||$ 352.00|
|5 weeks before||Nov 20 - Nov 26||$ 392.00|
|4 weeks before||Nov 27 - Dec 3||$ 341.00|
|3 weeks before||Dec 4 - Dec 10||$ 313.00|
|2 weeks before||Dec 11 - Dec 17||$ 363.00|
|1 week before||Dec 18 - Dec 24||$ 438.00|
As you can see, you can book now and snag a cheap ticket, or keep your fingers crossed and buy a relatively last-minute one a few weeks before. Other Christmas booking tips include avoiding the Sunday and Monday after Christmas, as those are two days with ticket spikes.
Not going home for Christmastime? This is also the time to book for Thanksgiving. Between now and Nov. 9, Travelocity says prices drop, and then go right back up, and steeply, around Nov. 10.