Travel early, stay longer, save money? Thanksgiving fliers hunt off-peak deals


The New York Times

has come up with a novel theory: People who are traveling this holiday will stay away longer to get lower airfares. Someone who leaves a week before Thanksgiving and comes back a week after will not have to pay the premium for an airline ticket to travel on the busiest days of the year.

The evidence that people are trying to dodge high ticket prices is anecdotal. The Times writes that executives at several major airlines said they noticed the shift this year, with "the crush starting several days earlier than usual."