When to find cheapest fares for holiday travel

(NBC) — If you’re interested in saving some money this holiday season, you better plan on buying your flights by the end of the week.

According to the annual Orbitz Holiday Travel Guide, if you plan to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving the best day to book a flight at the lowest price is Tuesday, October 6th. Experts say this entire week is the best opportunity to get the best bargains for all holiday flights.

“This early week in October is when prices are dipping the most before they head back up as we get close to the holidays,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, a Senior Editor for Orbitz.com. “Book your holiday airfare sooner than later because once you hit mid-October, you’re only going to see those prices continue to rise.”

Tornatore says the best day to book airfare for flying around Christmas is this Friday, October 9th. And to book a flight for New Year’s Eve, the cheapest time to buy your flight is Saturday, October 10th.

Orbitz bases its projections on holidays past, and says travelers are already in line to find cheaper flights this year, with airfares 9 percent lower than last year.

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