The Best Time to Book a Flight to Get the Cheapest Rates

The Best Time to Book a Flight to Get the Cheapest Rates
The Best Time to Book a Flight to Get the Cheapest Rates

How far in advance should you book a flight to get the best rates?

• 70 Days
• 5 Weeks
• 45 Days
• 3 Months

Answer: 70 Days

To get the best rates possible when booking a flight, buy your ticket 70 days in advance.

According to a study done by CheapAir.com, booking your flight an average of 70 days in advance will increase your odds of grabbing the lowest prices.

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The study analyzed over 916 million airfares and discovered travelers usually get the best deals on domestic flights if they book around 10 weeks before their trip. That’s quite a jump from last year’s study that recommended waiting until closer to 54 days.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the best and worst times to buy plane tickets and what factors should be considered before booking a flight.

It’s All About Timing
Some important factors to consider that can affect your travel plans is your final destination, the date you are traveling, and whether you are booking an international or domestic flight. It’s also important to keep in mind that the average cost of plane tickets changes every 4.5 days with the price tag fluctuating up and down by $33.

Prime Booking Windows By Season
The time of year you plan on traveling is a major factor in getting the best deal on airfare. According to CheapAir, summer trips should be booked 47 days in advance while spring vacations should be planned at least 90 days before traveling. It’s also highly suggested that fall and winter trips be booked 69 to 62 days in advance.

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The Best Day to Buy a Ticket (Myth)
The study shows that buying flights on specific days has no real savings value or price difference. What is important is the travel day because it can have a fare difference of $76. The cheapest day to travel on is Wednesday, while the most expensive day to travel on is Sunday.

Buying Too Early
When purchasing airline tickets anywhere between 169 to 319 days in advance, there will be a wider selection of airlines and travel arrangements to choose from but the price may go up around $50 more on average per ticket.

Buying Too Late
Buying last-minute plane tickets can be quite costly. Airline tickets bought between 0 to 6 days can cost an average of $208 more, even when shopping around for better deals.

The best way to save money while planning the next vacation is to research and compare pricing. Monitor airfares during the “Prime Booking Window” before making any purchases, in order to help save money. Most importantly, don’t wait until the last minute to buy or risk paying almost double the price of the airfare.

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