Navigating Holiday Travel: Best and Worst Days for Air Travel in Orange County

Lisa Mailhot  |  December 21, 2023


Navigating Holiday Travel: Best and Worst Days for Air Travel in Orange County


The holiday season is upon us, and for many, that means making travel plans to reunite with loved ones or escape the cold in search of warmer destinations. If you're among those who haven't booked their flights yet or if you're just curious about what to expect at the airport, you're in the right place. In this blog, we'll delve into the best and worst days for air travel during this festive season in Orange County.

Best Days for Air Travel

Let's start with the good news – the best days for air travel during the holidays. While it's true that prime travel dates are highly sought after and often come with a premium price tag, there are still some options to consider:

Weekdays Before the Peak: If you can manage to fly out on weekdays, especially before the peak travel days (usually December 23rd to 26th), you'll likely find more affordable fares and less crowded airports.

Early Morning or Late Evening Flights: Opting for early morning or late evening flights can also be a smart move. These times tend to be less busy, making the check-in and security lines more bearable.

Book in Advance: Although it's a bit late for this advice now, planning and booking your flights well in advance is generally the best strategy to secure the most convenient travel days.

Worst Days for Air Travel

Now, let's address the not-so-great news – the worst days for holiday air travel:

Peak Travel Days: As mentioned earlier, the days around Christmas (December 23rd to 26th) are considered peak travel days. Expect higher fares, crowded airports, and longer wait times.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: If you want to spend Christmas with your loved ones, that's fantastic! However, keep in mind that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are often the busiest days at airports. Plan accordingly and allow extra time for potential delays.

New Year's Eve: Similar to Christmas, New Year's Eve is another busy travel day. It's best to travel a day or two before to avoid the rush.

While the best days for air travel during the holiday season have passed, there are still ways to navigate the challenges if you're flexible with your schedule. Whether you're planning a last-minute getaway or gearing up for next year, being aware of the best and worst travel days can help make your journey smoother.


If you're considering a move to Orange County, remember that the holiday season isn't just about traveling; it's also an excellent time to explore the area and see if it's the right fit for you. If you have any questions about Orange County real estate or need assistance in finding your dream home, let's connect. Orange County has so much to offer, and we'd love to help you make it your new home. Happy holidays and safe travels!


Reference: Baratti, Laurie. "Best and Worst Days for Air Travel This Holiday Season." Orange County Register, December 20, 2023,

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