After the chaos of making Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping, there is no rest for the weary travelers. Christmas is quickly approaching and flights are being booked. So what is the best day to fly home for the holidays?
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, travelers who flew on Christmas Day in 2011 were rewarded with an on-time arrival rate of 92%! Even Christmas Eve travelers found themselves at home for the holidays (with time to spare) with a 91% on-time arrival rate. During the 2011 winter holiday travel season (December 21 to January 3), Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have the highest on-time arrival rates. On the other hand, December 22 was the worst day to travel with a measly 68% on-time arrival.
After opening the presents under the tree, drinking gallons of eggnog and caroling through your hometown, TravelNerd recommends that you return on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. In 2011, the on-time arrival rates for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day were 85% and 84% respectively. So start out the New Year right by arriving on-time!
Not only do the Christmas and New Year holidays have extremely high on-time arrival statistics, according to the recent study by Priceline, they are also some of the most affordable days to travel.
So save yourself some time and money by flying home for the holidays ON the holiday!