Why Thanksgiving Is Actually the Best Time to Travel Abroad
Perhaps it’s time to make some alternate plans.
For travelers looking for a unique Thanksgiving experience, travel booking experts recommend setting your sights abroad.
According to a new report from booking site Going.com, due to a major increase in passengers traveling domestically during the holiday, international airfares are often discounted,
“It’s a feast-time domestically and a famine-time internationally. What do airlines do to fill all those planes flying to Paris and Cancún and Barcelona? Simple: slash the fare,” Going.com Founder Scott Keyes says in the report.
The report advises that although travelers can get deals over Thanksgiving week, fares begin to rise in Mid-December as the Christmas and New Year’s holidays see a higher volume of international travelers.
A spokesperson for Going.com shared travel deals from Washington D.C. to Dublin for $360, Chicago to Paris for $485, and Los Angeles to Barcelona for $549 during Thanksgiving week.
T+L also tested the theory via Google Flights and found deals during Thanksgiving week from New York’s JFK Airport to Dublin for $551, London for $561, and Paris for $599.
Hotels and resorts around the world appear to be capitalizing on the travel trend, by offering unique experiences for travelers seeking an international Thanksgiving.
In Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal will be hosting a traditional Thanksgiving menu at their Don Manuel’s restaurant, in addition to a Thanksgiving Toast and A Taste of Patrón tasting events.
In the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc Cap Cana will be hosting both a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, as well as a Thanksgiving BBQ under the stars. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a Turkey Treasure Hunt, and other special activities.
In 2022, the TSA screened over 12 million passengers through airports during the Thanksgiving travel holiday.