Have you started your holiday shopping yet? There are still more than 100 shopping days left before Christmas, but travelers looking to save on holiday airfare may have a much shorter window.
If you're flying to one of the top 20 markets, booking six weeks out – by Oct. 3 for Thanksgiving fares, and Nov. 7 for Christmas travel – typically saves 14 percent, according to a new analysis from fare comparison site Hipmunk.
But if you're traveling to or from a smaller airport, the prime time for Christmas fares is the week of Oct. 12, with savings of 15 percent. For Thanksgiving, prices are at their lowest – with savings of 17 percent, the week of Sept. 5.
Yes, that's this week.