Thanksgiving Airfare: A City-By-City Guide to Prices

Nov 2, 2012 6:00am
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Cheap Thanksgiving airfare is going to be harder to come by this year than last — 9 percent harder, according to some estimates. That’s how much higher airfare over the holiday is this year than last, according to Travelocity.

The average, round-trip domestic fare is $386, roughly equal to what Americans paid to fly over July 4th. But not all cities are created equal. Take a look at the chart below to find out how much the average airfare is from the top 20 origination markets over the holiday. Then, use that number while you’re shopping for flights. Travelocity calls it “the price to beat.”

The online booking site said you can save up to $288 by being flexible with your travel dates. The cheapest days to fly are Thanksgiving Day, the Friday following, and Tuesday, Nov. 27.

New York City

$376

Washington, DC

$366

Los Angeles

$415

Denver

$349

Chicago

$372

San Francisco

$436

Boston

$392

South Florida

$300

Philadelphia

$407

Dallas / Fort Worth

$360

Seattle

$424

Minneapolis St. Paul

$371

Phoenix

$328

Atlanta

$334

Portland

$328

Orlando

$279

Tampa / St. Petersburg

$293

Detroit

$377

Charlotte

$352

Raleigh Durham

$376

Houston

$411

Indianapolis

$388

San Diego

$410

Pittsburgh

$352

Milwaukee

$356

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