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The hateful seven: The worst dates to fly this year

The hateful seven: The worst dates to fly this year
Fares will be high this year for flights on Nov. 23 and Nov. 27, according to a new study. Above, Thanksgiving travelers wait in line to check in at Los Angeles International Airport. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

By now, most savvy air travelers know that the best time to book a flight is about six to eight weeks before the departure date.

But flying on certain days is going to cost more, no matter when you book.

Rick Seaney, chief executive of the website Farecompare.com, has analyzed airfare data to calculate which dates to avoid in 2016 if you want to save money:

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March 17: Airfares peak on this date as travelers head out for Spring Break;

May 17: Airlines increase fares on this date for travelers flying for summer vacations;

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June 10: Airfares jump again on this date as demand grows for summer travel;

July 31: After this date, weekday fares for summer travel will begin to drop;

Aug. 22: After this date, summer airfares will begin to decline;

Nov. 23 and 27: For travelers flying for Thanksgiving, avoid the high fares on these days.

To read more about travel, tourism and the airline industry, follow me on Twitter at @hugomartin.

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