The lead economist at a travel app called Hopper says the best time to buy plane tickets for the holidays is THIS WEEK. Prices tend to spike in summer when the first wave of people plan their trips home. And they usually bottom out in mid-October when there’s a lull in bookings.
Over the next few weeks, expect ticket prices to start increasing $10 to $15 per week. And as the holidays get closer, $10 to $15 a day.
She says don’t expect to get a deal by booking last-minute this year. Last-second tickets for Thanksgiving could cost $400 more than they do now, and $500 more for last-minute Christmas flights. So don’t wait too long.