Winter is coming, and whether you are traveling to see family or looking to escape the cold, the season is a hot time for travel.
This year, more than 27 million people will be traveling on U.S. air carriers during the Thanksgiving rush, according to Airlines for America, an industry trade organization. The busy travel period extends from November 18th through the 29th, with additional 55,000 passengers per day will be flying during this time, up 2.5 percent from the same time last year.
Airlines are gearing up by adding approximately 74,000 seats each day through larger planes and more flights. In order to avoid the madness and book the cheapest fare, a travel expert advises fliers to utilize certain resources.
Jacqui Gifford, a senior editor at Travel + Leisure, told CNBC's "On the Money" Cheapair.com has a calendar noting which days are the most expensive days to fly, and which are best in terms of price. For Thanksgiving, avoid departing on the Friday or Saturday before the holiday: Cheaper flights can be found on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
But there's a way to save even more.
"If you're looking for the most affordable fare possible, actually fly on Thanksgiving day or on Christmas day," said Gifford—but she warned not to wait for prices to drop.