Data Reveals Travel Trends, Average Price Points, and Best Booking Times for the Busiest Holiday of the Year
CheapOair®, the leading flight-focused hybrid travel agency, today announced its top ten domestic and international destinations for Thanksgiving. This year, data reveals that travelers should act quickly, as the best time to book airfare for the long holiday weekend is anticipated to occur earlier than it did in 2016.
“As we continue to ride through this shoulder season for the overall travel industry, consumers have had the opportunity to take advantage of an abundance of low-cost airfare over the past six weeks,” said Tom Spagnola, Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations at CheapOair. “At the end of August, airfare prices dropped dramatically, and have remained low. That said, we expect even more travelers flying this year for the holidays with the price points we’re seeing. If you’re planning on traveling, you should plan to book flights as soon as possible before the demand begins to sky rocket come the first and second weeks of November.”
This year, the starlet of CheapOair’s top domestic destinations is Austin, Texas, as the city has seen a massive 120% increase in bookings compared to 2016. The capital of the Lone Star State continues to rise in popularity as a well-rounded destination, offering entertainment for young families, millennials and baby boomers alike. Boston, Massachusetts also saw a 52% increase in bookings compared to last year, along with warm-weathered Phoenix, Arizona which saw a 36% increase.
Internationally, although travel to Cancun, Mexico is down 44% compared to 2016, it still remains the top international destination for Thanksgiving. Bookings to Guadalajara, Mexico, the city known for its authentic Mexican culture and famous mariachi music, are up 61% compared to last year. Data also shows that travelers are escaping to cooler weather destinations as well, as Vancouver, Canada has seen a 46% increase in bookings.
By consistently monitoring travel trends, CheapOair’s mission is to educate and aid consumers and travel professionals in both planning their travel accommodations and staying current on the most popular destinations. With a portfolio of products, including rate and schedule information from over 450 global airlines, CheapOair is a great way to book the travel that’s right for you.
*The data referenced compared YOY passenger numbers for travel from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through the following Sunday on flights from all U.S. origins from 2013 – 2017. Top destinations were determined based on passengers numbers for travel from 11/22/17 – 11/26/17 booked as of 9/17/2017.
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