Q: Hi Playground! I’m looking to book flights for our family of 5 to the Midwest to see our family for Christmas, and then another to see friends in Texas for Spring Break.
When’s the best time to book to get a deal for Christmas? Should I wait? And do you have any tips on how to get the best price for a flight that has multiple stops? Hoping to go see our friends in Austin for Spring Break and also go to Santa Fe. I’d like to fly into one of those, then on to the other, then back home. Is it way way too early to start looking for airfares for April…Or will they only go up? ~ Bryn H.
A: Hi Bryn! Love that you’re looking to fly off with your family for the holiday. First, let’s talk about Christmas. Flights will only go up from here on in; in fact, after the October airline sales (Jet Blue and Southwest both have had some low fares posted in the last two weeks), they will only go up and up… According to Sojern, which tracks travel trends, beware of travel on Friday December 23rd, which they’re predicting will be the busiest travel day of the year. For a (relative) bargain, consider pulling the kids out of school a few days early and leaving on or before Monday, December 21, which should be the cheapest day to fly of the holiday week.
On the other hand, you should definitely wait before you start booking flights for Spring Break. Deals for those April dates probably won’t be posted until after New Year’s — keep an eye out around Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
For multi-leg journeys, I’ve been having great luck with HIPMUNK. Have you tried it? It aggregates flight and organizes them under headings like “agony,” “price” and “time”. Choose the multiple legs option — I think it should bring up the best prices for you.
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