Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many Americans choose to travel during this time of year to spend the holiday with their family. This year, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 28 of November, and it is one of the most hectic travel dates in the US. It is also one of the most expensive travel dates, with air tickets steadily rising after mid October.
After the second week of November, air tickets are expected to skyrocket. That means that you’re not too late to find a fair price on plane tickets – but hurry up, because prices are on the rise.
One of the best ways to save money on air tickets is to book in advance. However, if that is not possible, there are other ways to save too. For example, certain credit cards such as Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (NYSE:AXP), and United MileagePlus Explorer Card issued by JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) let you get your first bag checked-in for free! If you’re traveling alone, you would be saving around $50 per round trip.
If you are planning on flying and you still haven’t purchased plane tickets close to your travel date, wait a couple of days longer! If tickets have already skyrocketed, chances are that they won’t get any higher. If the plane is not full, companies will sell very discounted tickets to fill the last seats – you’re looking for those! Try to wait a few days to see if discounted plane tickets show up. When you see lower fares appearing, grab them quickly because you may not be the only last-minute bargain hunter!
Choosing the right day to fly can also help reduce costs. It’s not only important when you book, but also when you fly. Most people want to arrive the day before Thanksgiving and leave the day after – which makes those days the most expensive travel dates and the most crowded! It’s better to arrive a few days before Thanksgiving and to return a couple days after. If your schedule does not allow it, try returning on Thanksgiving Day itself – you will save a lot of money on airfare!
If you are traveling to another city or just a couple states away, you may be better off driving. Since flight prices are very high during this time of the year, fuel expenses may be much less than the cost of plane tickets. This is especially true when traveling with your family or more than one person. An easy way to save money on fuel is using the right kind of credit card. For example, the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express (NYSE:AXP) lets you earn 2% cash rebates on your gas station spending – that’s like getting a 2% discount on fuel!
Here is my selection of the best credit cards to help you save the most on your Thanksgiving travel, whether you choose to drive or fly.
When booking a Delta flight with your Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card, you can get one free checked bag for you and up to 9 people on your reservation. Delta charges $25 for the first checked bag per single trip, so for 9 round-trip tickets you would be saving $450! Earn 2 miles for each $1 spent on Delta purchases and 1 mile for each $1 spent on your other purchases. New users will earn 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months of card membership. $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95. Terms and limitations apply. Check out our review of the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card here.
United MileagePlus Explorer Card helps you save $50 per person on a round trip by offering one free checked bag for you and a companion on the same reservation. Earn 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months of having this card. You can also earn 10,000 bonus miles each year if you spend $25,000 on purchases. Earn 2 miles for each $1 spent on purchasing United air tickets through the airline’s website and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases. Check out our United credit card review here.
The Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express is, in my opinion, one of the best cash back credit cards in the US right now. Earn 50 reward dollars after spending only $1,000 within the first 3 months of having this card. Earn 2% cash back when purchasing at U.S. stand-alone gas stations and select U.S. department stores. you can also earn 3% cash back on the first $6,000 spent on purchases in stand-alone supermarkets (1% thereafter). You will earn 1% cash back on other eligible purchases. You’ll also benefit from 0% introductory APR on balance transfers and purchases for the first 15 months (12.99%-21.99% variable APR thereafter). This card has no annual fee. Terms and limitations apply. Read our review of Blue Cash here.