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Melanie Lieberman
August 07, 2017

It may still be summer, but according to travel search engine Skyscanner, it’s already time to start planning your Thanksgiving travel.

After analyzing troves of historical data from more than 60 million users, Skyscanner has pinpointed the week of September 4 as the earliest time to find deals on Thanksgiving flights. (That's flights that depart between Friday, November 20 and Thursday, November 26, and return between Friday, November 27 and Sunday, November 29.)

Skyscanner predicts that this year travelers can find potential savings of up to 4 percent the week of September 4, with similar fares as late as November 6. So even travelers who procrastinate may find solid deals on Thanksgiving flights.

“The booking window for travelers to find greater savings is extending,” said Randi Wolfson, Skyscanner’s head of communications for the Americas.

Last year, the best time to book Thanksgiving travel wasn’t until the last week of October, when savings spiked as high as 7.73 percent. But travelers had to wait until the week of September 12 for the earliest savings — and those that delayed could only find modest savings of 1.98 percent.

Travelers who plan to fly domestically for a Thanksgiving Day feast this year should expect to spend an average of $300 round-trip on airfare, Skyscanner added.

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