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Fly on Thanksgiving Day to save money and avoid delays

For years, travel experts have pointed out that flying on Thanksgiving Day is cheaper than flying several days earlier.

A new study now shows that flights that depart on Thanksgiving Day also have a much higher on-time arrival rate than flights that take off before the holiday.

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The study by the online financial advice website NerdWallet.com found that travelers who flew on Thanksgiving in 2011 had an on-time arrival rate of 94%, while travelers who departed the Tuesday and Wednesday before the holiday arrived on time 78% and 85% of the time, respectively.

Thanksgiving Day flights also had a higher on-time rate in 2009 and 2010, according to NerdWallet.

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You can also save a heap by flying on Thanksgiving. Travelers who depart on Thanksgiving Day and return the following Friday or the following Tuesday can save up to $288 on a round-trip ticket compared with other dates near the holiday, according to a new study by the travel website Travelocity.com.

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Follow Hugo Martin on Twitter at @hugomartin


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