Those flying home for Thanksgiving and don’t have their flights booked yet pay more than a year ago. Rose White with AAA Nebraska says airfare in general is up 6% to 8% all the way around and it may be a little too late to get a good discount price over that period.
AAA reports that discount fares require reservations upwards of three weeks in advance and prices are only favorable before that 14 day advance purchase cut off. They report that airlines only have a certain number of discount fares available and when they are gone the price goes back up. AAA reports that every day a person delays booking that flight the price of the seat goes up about $5. White says the hardest flights to get will be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. Fares may be a bit more reasonable on Thanksgiving Day and the Monday after.
In 2012 3.14-million Americans traveled by air over the Thanksgiving travel period and AAA predicts numbers will be up this year.