We've heard it all: The lowest fares are on Tuesdays at 3 p. No, Wednesday at 1 a. You need to book at least two months before you fly. No, you should look for a deal and fly at the last minute!
Websites like Kayak suggest when you should buy and wait like we're all trading stocks—with still no guarantee you'll find the right price at the end of it. You need to look four times a day—minimum—every day of the week, as far in advance as you can.
But CheapAir. Just don't wait less than 21 days before your flight, since prices go up and up and up the closer you get to your departure date. The real differentiator is actually the day you're flying.
Tuesdays through Fridays are the best for departures, whether you're flying internationally or domestically, Expedia and flight tracker Hopper found. Flying out on a Saturday or Sunday? Expect to pay a premium. The best time to book airfare gets even more specific, depending on what season, holiday, or destination your traveling for.
Here's what else you should know about buying airline tickets. Travelers' spring breaks fall all over the calendar, which means airfares don't rocket up on specific days like they do for other, date-dependent holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving. But that doesn't mean you can leave your booking to the last minute: CheapAir.
Summer is the season you really need to plan ahead for: CheapAir. Hopper agreed in its annual holiday cheat sheet , suggesting that you book at least five weeks ahead of your departure for summer holidays like Memorial Day and July 4. Don't expect these fares to be cheap, either. You have a little more flexibility when it comes to booking fall flights, when many fares are less expensive due to shoulder season. As far as Thanksgiving flights go, prices are cheapest in late September, according to Hopper—but you don't have to book ASAP with these.
The flight tracker app found that prices didn't fluctuate too much until Halloween, when fares skyrocket, so you have a little time to negotiate when and where your family is meeting up for the fall holiday. Winter flights need about as much preplanning as summer travel: it's best to book 94 days out for the best deals, CheapAir. That applies to Christmas and New Year's Eve, too, where Hopper suggests you book in mid-October, more than two months out. This time, you'll want to follow their advice because rogue flight deals don't crop up for December holidays like they do the rest of the year.
Summer fares to Europe are the cheapest they've been in three years , according to Hopper, but you'll need to plan ahead to get in on the less expensive flights. Flights are cheapest about days from your departure on average, according to CheapAir. But you have a lot of flexibility when booking a flight since the prime booking window, when flights are low and aren't fluctuating too much, is nearly six months long.
According to CheapAir.
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Thanks for the input! If you just started looking, that might be the main reason. I find posting my various travel destinations at Fare alert lets me know when a fare is at its lowest—of course you have to be ready to buy the ticket at that day. We will be going from late June to Early July. If you have an itinerary in mind, you must be ready to buy when you see a good fare. Debating whether I should jump now, or sit and wait a little longer before purchasing. Thats why I like Cheap Flights!
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