Why October 6 is the best day to book Thanksgiving travel

October 6, 2015, 6:54 PM UTC
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An Orbitz.com report says that the best day to book holiday travel for Thanksgiving is Oct. 6. Christmas and New Year’s booking shouldn’t be made much later, too.

“This early week in October is when prices are are dipping the most before they head back up as we get close to the holidays,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor for Orbitz.com, in an interview with NBC.

The report says that flights for Thanksgiving are on average 5% cheaper on Oct. 6 than on other days. How about for Christmas? The report dates Oct. 9, while New Year’s tickets should be purchased on Oct. 10.

“Book your holiday airfare sooner than later because once you hit mid-October you are only going to see those prices continue to rise,” Tornatore said in the interview.

In other news gearing up for the upcoming holidays, Macy’s said it would be cutting hiring plans for seasonal workers. The same goes for Toys ‘R’ Us, too. Meanwhile, online holiday shopping sales are expected to see a near 10% boost this year.