dearJulius.com Write For Us

$type=carousel$sn=0$cols=4$va=0$count=12$show=home

How Far In Advance Should You Book a Flight to Get the Best Deal?

There's a method for booking cheap flights and getting the best deals. The best day to score the cheapest airfare for domestic flights might surprise you.


By Amanda Harding, The Cheat Sheet

Booking airfare can sometimes feel a little bit like gambling. And no matter when you pull out your credit card and lock down a seat, it always feels like someone, somewhere is getting a better deal either by booking further in advance or waiting until closer to departure time.

Fact: one of the busiest times of year to travel is during the holidays. But just because airline tickets will increase in November and December as travelers embark on their annual holiday visits, it doesn’t mean you have to overpay for airfare. The folks at CheapAir.com recently analyzed pricing data to determine exactly when you should book your flights to save the most money.

Common practice dictates that the cheapest time to book a flight is on a Tuesday – though some experts recommend researching airfare on Sundays, too. But beyond just the day of the week, the timing also matters. Booking your airline ticket too far in advance is a mistake, but waiting until the last minute might be even worse.


Save money by booking during this time

So what’s the best time to book? CheapAir looked at 917 million fares to help figure out the cheapest time to fly. According to the research, plane ticket prices stayed about the same between 320 and 106 days before the scheduled departure. Those prices began dropping right around 105 days before takeoff.

That’s all great, but what if you want to save even more money? Then you’ll need to way a little longer. CheapAir found that the lowest prices on airfare occur right around 70 days before the flight. They found that travelers can save up to 48% on their tickets by booking during this time period. The exact day to find the cheapest airfare is 54 days before departure.

In general, CheapAir.com recommends that travelers pay close attention during this “Prime Booking Window,” which is from four months to three weeks (or 121 to 21 days) prior to the flight.

If you’re more of a procrastinator, take note: ticket prices start rising dramatically around 20 days before a flight as people scramble to nail down last-minute plans. The worst time to purchase is the day before the flight, followed closely by two days prior. “Buying a flight with less than two weeks’ advance purchase is the last strategy we would recommend,” reps from CheapAir.com advised.


Other ways to save money on flights

An airplane passenger listens to music on his smartphone.
Of course, saving money on flights is never guaranteed no matter when you book. Certain destinations are always going to be more in-demand and expensive than others. But there are several tried-and-true tricks to saving money on airfare no matter where you’re flying.

Here are a few:
  • Use reward miles – Signing up for a credit card with air mile rewards is one of the most popular and easiest ways to save big on air travel. Be sure to take advantage of any reward programs offered through your preferred airline, too.
  • Don’t fly on popular days – Sunday is the most expensive day to travel, so something as simple as changing your plans to a Tuesday departure could save you hundreds of dollars. This is where research ahead of time complete with price comparisons for hypothetical itineraries is crucial.
  • Have flexibility – When you open up your travel plans by shifting your flight days or times a little bit, it can save you a lot of money. Sometimes cheap airfare is as easy as leaving a day early for your trip or taking the redeye home.

With a little bit of planning, flying home for the holidays doesn’t have to break the bank. Be a savvy traveler and avoid overpaying for plane tickets forever!


See more at: The Cheat Sheet

COMMENTS





Note: If you think this story need more information or correction, feel free to comment below your opinion and reaction.
Like & Follow to Stay Updated ...

Name

Abu Dhabi,1,Adventure,25,Adventure Travel,370,Advice,55,Africa,24,Air Travel,115,Alabama,5,Alaska,14,Alberta,1,America,70,Amsterdam,1,Anguilla,2,Antarctica,6,Antigua,3,Argentina,14,Arizona,15,Arkansas,2,Armenia,1,Asia Travel,44,Athens,1,Austin,7,Australia,82,Austria,9,Azerbaijan,1,Bahamas,11,Bangladesh,4,Beach Travel,29,Belarus,1,Belgium,8,Belize,13,Bermuda,2,Bhutan,8,Blue Lagoon,2,Bolivia,3,Botswana,3,Brazil,32,Brunei,1,Budget Travel,59,Business Travel,1,California,93,Cambodia,3,Canada,63,Caribbean,40,Caribbean & Mexico,3,Chicago,4,Chile,6,China,21,Christmas Travel,10,Clothes,1,Coliseum,1,Colombia,16,Colorado,27,Columbia,2,Connecticut,4,Costa Rica,10,Country Travel,121,Croatia,14,Cruiser Travel,11,Cuba,14,Czech Republic,6,D.C.,2,Delaware,1,Denmark,11,Desert Travel,1,Dubai,14,East Africa,3,Easter Island,1,Easter Travel,1,Eco Travel,12,Ecuador,5,Egypt,3,Emirates,1,England,11,Estonia,2,Ethiopia,1,Europe,94,Fall Travel,43,Family Travel,98,Faroe Island,1,Father's Day Travel,1,Features,267,Festival Travel,14,Fiji,6,Finland,12,Florida,59,Food,8,Food and Drink,4,France,36,Free Travel,3,French,4,French Polynesia,2,Galapagos,2,Georgia,13,Germany,15,Ghana,1,Greece,30,Greenland,1,Guatemala,2,Halloween Travel,9,Hawaii,44,Hayden Panettiere,1,Hiking Travel,32,Holiday Travel,17,Holland,1,Honeymoon Travel,119,Hong Kong,13,Hotels,16,Hungary,2,Iceland,28,Idaho,3,Ideas,9,Illinois,10,Independence Day Travel,1,India,31,Indiana,2,Indonesia,11,Iraq,1,Ireland,31,Island,46,islands,2,Israel,3,Italy,49,Jamaica,7,Japan,35,Jordan,2,Kansas,4,Kentucky,1,Kenya,2,Korea,2,Kyrgyzstan,1,Latin America,2,Latvia,1,Lithuania,2,London,19,Louisiana,9,Lowa,4,Luxury Travel,35,Maine,5,Malaysia,1,Maldives,11,Maryland,6,Massachusetts,7,Mauritius,5,Mexico,58,Miami,11,Michigan,5,Mississippi,2,Missouri,6,Moldova,1,Monaco,1,Montana,11,Morocco,19,Mother's Day Travel,1,Myanmar,9,Namibia,2,Nature,4,Nature Travel,63,Nepal,5,Netherlands,9,Nevada,22,Nevis,1,New England,5,New Jersey,2,New Mexico,3,New Year's Day Travel,3,New York,49,New York City,13,New Zealand,43,Newfoundland,1,Nicaragua,2,North America,9,North Carolina,5,North Dakota,1,North Ireland,1,Norway,15,Occasional Travel,10,Oceania,1,Ohio,3,Oman,2,Oregon,6,Pakistan,2,Panama,5,Paraguay,1,Paris,20,Pennsylvania,6,Peru,19,Phoenix,1,Photo Feature,1,Poland,2,Portugal,18,Prague,2,Puerto Rico,7,Qatar,6,Resort,7,Rhode Island,2,River Travel,2,Romania,4,Romantic Getaways,6,Rome,4,Russia,13,Saint Lucia,1,Saint Patrick's Day Travel,1,San Miguel de Allende,1,Scotland,7,Seasonal,59,Seasonal Travel,56,Sightseeing Tours,2,Singapore,17,Ski Resorts,4,Slovenia,3,Solo Travel,11,Solomon Islands,1,Somoa,1,Soth Africa,1,South Africa,8,South America,3,South Carolina,4,South Dakota,2,South Korea,1,South Pacific,2,Space Travel,13,Spain,30,Special,24,Special Features,323,Spring Travel,3,Sri Lanka,5,Student Travel,1,Summer Travel,39,Summer Vacation,7,Sweden,14,Swiss Alps,1,Switzerland,16,Tahiti,1,Taiwan,3,Tanzania,1,Tennessee,5,Texas,56,Thailand,26,Thanksgiving Travel,6,Things to Do,78,Tibet,2,Tips,42,Train Travel,14,Transportation,15,Travel,187,Travel Advice,57,Travel Apps,2,Travel Guide,28,Travel Tips,128,Tunisia,2,Turkey,10,Turkish,1,Tuscany,1,UAE,6,UK,36,Ukrine,1,Urban Travel,39,Uruguary,1,USA,565,Utah,9,Uzbekistan,1,Vacation Travel,170,Valentine's Day Travel,1,Vehicle Travel,2,Venezuela,1,Vermont,4,Victoria Falls,1,Vietnam,4,Virginia,4,Washington,14,Washington DC,18,Weddings Travel,3,West Indies,2,Wildlife Travel,5,Winter Travel,28,Wisconsin,5,Worldwide,155,Wyoming,2,xxx,1,Yemen,1,Zadar,1,Zambia,1,Zimbabwe,3,
ltr
item
Travel Magazine: How Far In Advance Should You Book a Flight to Get the Best Deal?
How Far In Advance Should You Book a Flight to Get the Best Deal?
There's a method for booking cheap flights and getting the best deals. The best day to score the cheapest airfare for domestic flights might surprise you.
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qc0lXCA2fYM/W-a7r2xcx3I/AAAAAAAAV1M/OwXxFwVzCssBG8JxCdVaGAAfX2dJMLRLgCLcBGAs/s1600/travel.dearjulius.com.jpg
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Qc0lXCA2fYM/W-a7r2xcx3I/AAAAAAAAV1M/OwXxFwVzCssBG8JxCdVaGAAfX2dJMLRLgCLcBGAs/s72-c/travel.dearjulius.com.jpg
Travel Magazine
https://travel.dearjulius.com/2018/11/how-far-in-advance-should-you-book.html
https://travel.dearjulius.com/
https://travel.dearjulius.com/
https://travel.dearjulius.com/2018/11/how-far-in-advance-should-you-book.html
true
5866858605520326948
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy