Travelocity Identifies Cheapest Days to Fly over the Christmas Holidays

Dodging Flights on Peak Travel Days During Holidays is Key to Cheap Flights

SOUTHLAKE, Texas--()--When it comes to holiday travel, Travelocity says flexibility is always crucial – especially since average domestic airfare is up 5 percent and international airfare is up 6 percent from the 2010 holiday season. In addition, New Year’s domestic airfare is up 6 percent and international airfare is up 12 percent versus 2010 prices. However, knowing when to fly can save travelers more than $230 this holiday season.

“Despite rising airfare for Christmas and New Year’s, it is still possible to save this holiday when booking on Travelocity,” said Melissa Klurman, Travelocity’s contributing editor. “What travelers sometimes don’t realize about holiday airline tickets, is that they fluctuate depending on the days you choose to travel. Using Travelocity’s vacation package booking engine and avoiding peak travel dates around Christmas and New Year’s such as Dec. 23, Dec. 26 and Dec. 30 will save travelers the most for the 2011 holiday season.”

CHEAPEST DAYS TO FLY FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S 2011

Cheapest Days to Fly around Christmas and New Year’s
Depart

On

  Return On
  Dec. 26

Monday

  Dec. 27

Tuesday

  Dec. 28

Wednesday

  Dec. 29

Thursday

  Dec. 30

Friday

Dec. 19

Monday

  $441   $453   $435   $442   $496
Dec. 20

Tuesday

  $416   $423   $405   $421   $450
Dec. 21

Wednesday

  $418   $423   $406   $444   $444
Dec. 22

Thursday

  $413   $423   $418   $436   $475
Dec. 23

Friday

  $404   $413   $423   $433   $459
Dec. 24

Saturday

  $370   $358   $368   $389   $428
Dec. 25

Sunday

  $262   $331   $353   $379   $416

As represented in the chart above, travelers who can’t get away for long vacations but want to spend Christmas with loved ones can still fly out on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25 and return Monday, Dec. 26, to spend the least at an average of $262. Travelers departing on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, will find their tickets to be below this year’s average airfare ($17 - $144 less than average). In comparison, travelers will spend the most when departing the Monday before Christmas, Dec. 19, and returning the Friday after, Dec. 30 ($90 more than average).

ADDITIONAL CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DATA

Average domestic airfare over Christmas is $406 and average international airfare is $918 (both inclusive of tax). Travelers should avoid Friday, Dec. 23 departures and Friday, Dec. 30 returns over the Christmas travel period - as this is the most expensive itinerary this holiday season. In addition, travelers should keep in mind that some airlines charge surcharges around the holidays, driving fares up. Holiday travel dates with surcharges are: Dec. 22, 23 and 26, and Jan. 2.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER:

To celebrate the season, Travelocity is offering travelers a little holiday bonus. When a traveler books a qualifying hotel or flight + hotel package by Dec. 15, Travelocity will send a $200 travel coupon that can be used for another trip in early 2012.

About Travelocity Global

Travelocity® is committed to being the traveler's champion – before, during and after the trip – and provides the most comprehensive and proactive guarantee in the industry (http://www.travelocity.com/guarantee). This customer-driven focus, backed by 24/7 live phone support, competitive prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity one of the largest travel companies in the world. Travelocity also owns and operates: Travelocity Business® for corporate travel; igougo.com, a leading online travel community; lastminute.com, a leader in European online travel; and ZUJI, a leader in Asia-Pacific online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation, a world leader in travel marketing and distribution.

Contacts

Edelman
Meredith McKee, 214-443-7555
Meredith.McKee@edelman.com

Release Summary

When it comes to holiday travel, Travelocity says flexibility is always crucial – especially since average domestic airfare is up 5 percent and international airfare is up 6 percent.

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Edelman
Meredith McKee, 214-443-7555
Meredith.McKee@edelman.com