Quietest days for holiday travel

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, 10 December is by far the most popular date for flights, followed by 16 and 17 December. 

Quietest days to travel before Christmas

After that, travel numbers generally slow down towards the big day, although there are a few dates that are quieter than their neighbours. Have a look at 19, 20 and, if you don’t mind leaving it late, 24 December to avoid the crowds.

Quietest days to travel before Christmas

Some of the busiest days to fly are 31 December, 1 January and 5 January. If you want to move on before New Year’s Eve, 29 and 30 December are your best best for cheap flights.

Quietest days to travel after Christmas

But if you’d rather wait until the new year, look for flights on 3, 4 or 7 January. But you’ll find the very best deals if you can wait until 12 January, which is when holiday demand starts to significantly drop.

Quietest days to travel after Christmas

Winter travel for us Brits is often about heading to warmer climes. For overseas flights during the Christmas holidays, the top five searched-for destinations are: – Spain – USA – Thailand – Italy – India

Busiest destination countries for holiday travel

If you’re heading overseas for Christmas and the New Year, there are a few favourites that British travellers search for time and time again.

Busiest international cities for holiday travel

The top five cities searched for over the Christmas break have been: – Bangkok – New York – Dubai – Tenerife – Malaga

Busiest international cities for holiday travel

The price of holiday travel varies significantly by destination, dates and airlines, so booking ahead and being flexible with your plans is the best way to secure a great deal.

Busiest international cities for holiday travel

As well as finding the best prices on flights, budget holiday travel means looking for hotel deals, too.

Booking the best hotels for holiday travel

Those who are travelling for family reunions often get the benefit of free accommodation but if not, you’ll likely want to book a hotel (and sooner rather than later). Here are some budget and luxury options in some of our most popular destinations for holiday travel.

Booking the best hotels for holiday travel

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