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If you held out on Thanksgiving travel this year because of high airfare, you might want to reconsider and look at miles as an option. While it’s notoriously difficult to find flights around holidays in advance, you’d be surprised to see what opens up in the weeks before a holiday sets in.
We set out today, Sunday, to book a ticket for Thanksgiving between the two largest cities in the U.S — New York and Los Angeles — to see who wins at the most fair price. We looked for travel on Tuesday or Wednesday November 22/23, returning Saturday or Monday November 26/28 (Sunday the 27th is the busiest day of all, and well good luck even paying for a ticket then).
The winner – United Airlines and its Mileage Plus program.
United had nonstop availability. The others required one stop in one of the directions (Southwest had stops both ways).
United’s easy search shows a winner quickly, nonstop in both directions too.
And buying this ticket with cash would have cost thousands of dollars…
One of the lessons here — United continues to show its stripes as one of the best airlines for reward availability in the United States, as shown by independent studies. If you want to earn United miles with a credit card, you have a couple of options. One, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, offers the most flexibility by letting you transfer the miles 1:1 into United / Continental, or British Airways, Korean, Amtrak, Hyatt, Marriott, and more. Or, if you prefer to just earn United / Continental miles, the United Explorer offers a checked bag fee waiver and priority boarding.
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