Save Money on Holiday Flights with KAYAK’s Best Time To Travel Tool

It’s 60 days until Christmas Day, and it’s time to make that list, check it twice, and figure out your holiday flights. There is no ‘perfect’ day to travel for the holiday season, as it totally depends on where you are flying to. Luckily, KAYAK, the world’s leading travel search engine, has launched a new service to help you find the best time to travel to your chosen destination. Best Time To Travel

The Best Time To Travel Christmas and New Year service has analysed more than 8,000 routes globally. It uses KAYAK’s historical data, specifically around the festive season, to recommend the best time to book your flight to get the most affordable price.

KAYAK Tool: Compare Prices, Find Cheapest Holiday Flights Best Time To Travel

Using predictive data and easy-to-read price graphs, the tool also allows you to compare prices day by day to find the most wallet-friendly dates to travel, as well as a recommendation on how many days in advance you should book to get the best prices. Whether you are travelling home for Christmas or heading off to explore somewhere new, the festive Best Time To Travel tool not only helps you save money, it also saves you time trying to find the best deals and when to book and travel during the busy travel season.

For example, if you were planning a four-day trip from London to Brussels, Belgium, for Christmas, the best time to travel would be on Christmas Eve, returning on December 27. The best time to book those flights is today, 52 days** in advance. That’s when we saw prices were the absolute cheapest, saving travellers up to 13% on flights last year

If you wanted a week-long festive holiday in Venice, Italy, booking your flights 60 days** before travel and traveling on Tuesday, December 19, from London and returning on Christmas Day could potentially save you up to 38% on airfares.

For those looking for some winter sun, you’ve still got plenty of time to book flights to Bangkok, as the best deals can be found 21 days before travel in Thailand for savings up to 40% on flight costs. The best time to travel for a 14-day trip is on December 12th, returning on Christmas Day*.


KAYAK Price Alerts: Track Flight Prices and Book When You’re Ready

If you’ve missed the booking window for the best deals, or you still have a few days or weeks to go until the best day comes up for your chosen destination, you can set up Price Alerts to track flight prices and book once you see a price that works for your desired route.

Annie Wilson, KAYAK Chief Commercial Officer, commented, “‘Tis the season for festive travel, but there are so many opinions on where to go when to travel, and when to book. KAYAK’s Best Time to Travel Tool helps you to go see for yourself by using our smart data to help you find the best prices and compare by week so you can choose a date that works for you.”

KAYAK offers a wide range of tools, including a variety of search filters to find flights, cars, and hotels, to help travellers book their next getaway, including:

  • Explore: Debating where to travel? Use KAYAK’s Explore tool to see all the amazing places you can visit within a given price range.
  • Price AlertsNever miss a deal by signing up for KAYAK’s customized price alerts so you know when prices change for the flight, hotel, or car you want.
  • Vacay Valuator: Find the destinations you could fly to based on the savings you could make by cutting back on some everyday luxuries


KAYAK, part of Booking Holdings, is the world’s leading travel search engine. With billions of queries across our platforms, we help people find their perfect flight, stay, rental car, and vacation package.

* Based on flights from any London airport. Savings are calculated as the price difference between the forecasted cheapest and most expensive travel dates. Savings are correct as at 3.10.23.  Travel date recommendations and forecasted savings are based on current market conditions, which are subject to change.
** Insights regarding the best time to book are derived from KAYAK’s internal historical search data for the Christmas and New Year travel period, which encompasses departure dates between 15.12.2022 and 31.12.2022, and return dates between 26.12.2022 and 08.01.2023.

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