Revealed: the cheapest time to book a flight this Christmas
Tuesday 23 November 2010
If you're planning on flying home for Christmas, booking your ticket at the end of the month could save you some cash, according to data released November 22 by Expedia.
The online travel giant has calculated that the two-week period between November 29 and December 13 is the "sweet spot" for 2010's Christmas travel, saying that it believes travellers booking during this period will be able to secure some "unexpectedly good deals."
Although holiday airfares this year are higher on average than period years, Expedia believes that the two weeks from November 29 will see airlines aggressively competing for Christmas bookings, pushing prices down for travelers.
Expedia said that it had seen a recent fall in prices, an observation backed by its competitor Priceline.com, which said November 17 that it too has seen a fall in the cost of airline tickets over the previous 30 days.
Priceline.com suggested that the best dates to fly over Christmas were 18, 20, 22, 25 (Christmas Day) 28, 29 and New Year's Day, with the most affordable seats generally found in the early morning or late evening.
However, Expedia's suggestions don't tally with calculations made earlier this year by a Japanese economist, who calculated that eight weeks ahead of booking and some time in the afternoon was the most economical time to book a flight.
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