Yes it’s technically summer and yes, you may have just returned home from your last vacation for the summer. But alas, it’s time to wave buh-bye to pool-filled days and s’mores-filled nights and look towards pumpkin spice everything. So if you’ve got the next round of holidays on your mind, check out when to book Thanksgiving flights.

Yes, Halloween isn’t even here and it’s already time to think about Thanksgiving airfare.. Hey you don’t want to wait until the last minute and get stuck with a too-high fare, right? But then again, do you really want to buy your family’s tickets right now? What happens if you book your Thanksgiving holiday flight today and a week, or month, from now the prices dramatically drop? Oh the choices!

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Travel experts from Cheap Air and the Hopper app predict that the best time to book a Thanksgiving flight will be in mid-September. But if you’re still thinking summer and miss out on the early fall projected price dip, you can still get a relatively cheap fare—just make sure to book your flight before Halloween.

Even though October prices aren’t typically as low as you’d find in mind-September, the experts at Hopper told CNBC that it’s best to book Thanksgiving flights by Oct. 31.

So when are the prices the highest? The closer you get to the holiday, the more you’ll pay. In other words, don’t wait until the last minute to make your travel plans.

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If you’re still not sure when to book your flight, Google Flights has a new tool that allows users to access holiday price trends based on last year’s travel data. Not only does it give you a little extra insight, but Google Flights also has a color-coded scale that lets you know if your airfare is low, typical or high in comparison to this year’s and last year’s Thanksgiving prices.

—Erica Loop

 

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