by Shilpa Bhim
With Thanksgiving 2018 just around the corner many Americans have travel deals, rather than turkey on their mind. If you’re one of those people trying to snag a flight, check out the cheapest travel destinations for Thanksgiving 2018 based on data from CheapOair.
According to their report, Thanksgiving travel has historically resulted in approximately 20% of travelers going international while 80% stay domestic. Data recorded in late October 2018 is consistent with this trend, although international bookings are slightly higher at around 26%, with domestic flights accounting for 74% of bookings.
With so many people traveling at the same time, you want to make sure you’re getting great travel deals and heading out to the cheapest destinations, right? Whether you’re keen to stay in the US, or yearning to explore other parts of the world, this list has something for everyone. Keep reading to find out which destinations made it to the list of top 20 destinations for Thanksgiving 2018, and which destinations will allow you to score the best travel deals.
Top 10 Domestic Destinations For Thanksgiving 2018
The top 10 domestic travel destinations for Thanksgiving 2018 include the usual suspects (hello New York and Los Angeles!), as well as three cities in Florida, with Orlando ranked at number two, Miami at number four and FortLauderdale at number six.
The average roundtrip domestic airfare for destinations on the top 10 list this year is $329. If you’re looking for a really great travel deal to make the most of Thanksgiving this year, the cheapest destinations are Atlanta ($287), Las Vegas($305), and Orlando ($306).
Here are the details for the top 10 domestic destinations for Thanksgiving 2018, and the average roundtrip airfare:
|Top 10 domestic destinations||Average roundtrip fare|
|New York, NY||$352|
|Los Angeles, CA||$348|
|Las Vegas, NV||$305|
|Ft. Lauderdale, FL||$317|
|San Francisco, CA||$370|
Top 10 International Destinations For Thanksgiving 2018
While Cancun, Mexico is usually the most popular international destination around this time of year, it’s been taken out by London, England in 2018. Some may say this is because of the Meghan (Markle) effect, but CheapOair’s data shows that this is likely due to a 20% decrease in airfare pricing since 2017.
In fact, according to Tom Spagnola, the “top international destinations for Thanksgiving have dropped in airfare prices by an average of 14%.” Meaning more opportunities to be a little adventurous in your Thanksgiving travel for 2018, while scoring the best travel deals.
For the top 10 international destinations for Thanksgiving 2018, you’re looking at an average roundtrip airfare of $655. Looking for the best travel deal? The cheapest destinations are Mexico City, Mexico ($350), Cancun, Mexico ($473), and Paris, France ($570). Amsterdam in the Netherlands isn’t too far behind either, with an average roundtrip fare of $573.
Here are the details for the top 10 international destinations for Thanksgiving 2018, and the average roundtrip airfare:
|Top 10 international destinations||Average roundtrip fare|
|Mexico City, Mexico||$350|
|Hong Kong (SAR)||$852|
So what are you waiting for – head over to CheapOairand book your flights to one of these top 20 destinations asap! Sidenote, if you’re also wanting to make sure you have a smooth experience booking accommodation, check out how to avoid shady hotel booking deals online. Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing and celebrating Thanksgiving in style at one of the top, and cheapest, destinations for 2018.
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