Everyone’s heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but jet setters know to look forward to Travel Tuesday: that day when travelers can grab coveted deals on airfare. Even with the drastic changes to the travel landscape happening this year, Travel Tuesday is still on! Here’s your guide to how it’s changed this year and what to look for when planning your winter travel
This year, Travel Tuesday will be on December 1st. According to One Travel, there will be deals available on nearly 20% of domestic and international flights! A wide range of airlines participate in offering holiday deals, so you’re bound to find something.
The “something” you do find this year could even be a once-in-a-lifetime airfare price. Due to the pandemic, many airlines are desperate to attract customers and are slashing deals accordingly. For more specifics about available deals, check back here closer to December 1.
According to The Points Guy, Brian Kelly, one aspect of holiday travel that remains the same this year is that you’re most likely to find the best deal if you book your travel for the day of the holiday. So, if you don’t mind being surrounded by crowds of other people trying to do the same thing, that’s your best bet for a cheap flight.
Where to Go
You may be thinking, “It’s great that I can still find affordable airfare on Travel Tuesday this year, but with so many borders closed to Americans, where can I even go?” It’s fair to wonder that, and like every other aspect of life this year, the destinations you get to choose from are going to be a bit different than what you’re used to.
Domestic travel is still, for the most part, an option. Many states are currently requiring either a 14-day self-isolation period upon arrival or a negative COVID test before departure. You’ll need to check local rules before choosing where you want to go.
International options are currently fairly limited for Americans, but there are still some destinations accepting American visitors! As of November 9th, more than 50 countries are allowing Americans through their borders, but restrictions do apply.
For more help choosing a destination, check out this guide to pandemic travel from Skyscanner.
Making the Best of It
While much remains uncertain surrounding travel this year and into next year, you should still feel comfortable making the best of it by booking a flight for a winter getaway.
To score a better deal, it’s better to do it sooner and know you may need to change it later if travel guidelines change than to wait for the COVID situation to resolve (it won’t any time soon) while airfare prices go up. Many airlines have recently made their change and cancellation policies much more flexible, which makes this approach completely feasible. Just make sure you read their policies thoroughly before booking.
Another reason to consider booking your travel sooner is that you’ll have more flight options. Many airlines have cut back their schedules due to increased demands, so if you wait too long, all the best flights will be full.