SOURCE: Hipmunk


October 30, 2013 08:00 ET

Traveling for the Holidays? Hipmunk Recommends Booking Airfare Before November 11 (Veteran's Day) for the Best Deals

According to Travel Search Site Hipmunk, Travelers Who Book Before December Can Save an Average of $266

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 30, 2013) - Travel search site Hipmunk analyzed its database and found that the best time to book airfare for the December holidays is the week leading up to Veteran's Day. Using historical flight data, Hipmunk discovered those who book holiday travel before November 11th, Veteran's Day, could pay an average of $266 less than those who wait until December to book. 

Airfare for Christmas travel (December 22-29) in 2012 increased dramatically as the holiday approached. Travelers who booked between December 3-9 paid up to 28 percent more ($651 rather than $509 per ticket), and those who booked on or after December 10 paid up to 52 percent more ($775 rather than $509 per ticket). Compared to these prices, travelers booking the week of November 5-11 can avoid the price increases in December and save up to $266.

The following illustration shows the average price increases based on 2012 data:

Based on this information, Hipmunk recommends that would-be Christmas travelers avoid procrastinating and book their flights as soon as possible in order to get the best airfare deals.

"Traveling for the holidays in December is notoriously pricey. Waiting until the last minute is risky -- and usually a losing bet. By booking flights before Veteran's Day, travelers can save money for their trip home," says Adam Goldstein, CEO at Hipmunk.

  • Find a place to stay for the whole family. A fun option for families who want to stay together during the holidays is booking a home rental for the whole family. Hipmunk makes it easy by showing users options for home rentals from Airbnb and HomeAway alongside hotels. 
  • Take the train. If you're traveling a short distance, consider taking Amtrak between cities to save money and avoid crowded airports and long security lines. Hipmunk displays Amtrak trains in-line with flights so you always see the best and most affordable options.
  • Embrace the experience. If flying isn't in the plans this year, take time to explore your hometown, city or surrounding area. Go on a road trip or score a last-minute hotel deal with Hipmunk's Tonight Deals feature, which allows users to save up to 60% off last-minute hotel bookings.

Beat the rush, save money and book your holiday trip now by visiting, or downloading the Hipmunk Hotel and Flight App for free from the App Store and Google Play.

About Hipmunk
Hipmunk is the fastest, easiest way to plan travel. The site and mobile apps save you time by comparing top travel sites so you don't have to. The unique display makes it easy to visually compare results to choose what's best for you. Hipmunk offers the most comprehensive travel search, bringing in more travel options from commercial flights to trains to charter flights and more accommodations from large hotels to home and apartment rentals through Airbnb and HomeAway.

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