(NEW YORK) — When it comes to Thanksgiving travel, all days are not created equal. In fact, when you fly is almost as important as when you book when it comes to one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
Travelocity has compiled its flights data over the Thanksgiving holiday to pinpoint which days are the cheapest — and most expensive — to fly.
Next to flying to your destination on Thanksgiving Day and returning the following day (Friday, Nov. 23), the cheapest date combo is departing on Thanksgiving Day and returning the following Tuesday (Nov. 27).
Want to avoid Thanksgiving day for flights altogether? Your best bet is to depart Monday, Nov. 19, and return the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 23.
And to spare your pocketbook from taking the biggest hit, avoid departing on Friday, Nov. 16, and returning on Saturday, Nov. 24.
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Tara Bench, KSL.com
Jacqueline Howard, CNN