Best Time to Book the Cheapest Flight: Plane Ticket Price Trends



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Travel is back, and we’ve got tips from the experts on the best time to buy flights to get great deals on airfare

Two years ago, you were hunkering down, hoping to ride out the pandemic at home, or close to it. This year, you’re considering the best time to buy flights because you’re out of here. And you’re not alone.

“The summer season is already shaping up to be packed with people looking to make good on a nearly two-year backlog of wanderlust,” says Adam Lawless, director of communications at travel company Viator. “Data from our 2022 Travel Trends Report directly supports this idea, with half of Americans and nearly 60% of Gen Z and millennials reporting the ability to travel again as their biggest highlight of 2021. We feel that sentiment holds strong today.” In fact, Transportation Security Administration checkpoint travel numbers over Memorial Day weekend in 2022 were close to what they were in 2019, before the pandemic.

With everyone age 6 months and older eligible for vaccines, and with boosters readily available, there’s a renewed interest in travel. And with it comes the age-old question: When’s the best time to buy flights, whether for a summer beach vacation or a winter ski adventure? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Why trust Reader’s Digest? We went straight to the experts to find out the best time to buy anything—and specifically airline tickets. Keep reading to find out when to book a flight and when to take your trip to get a great deal in 2022, plus travel tips you won’t want to miss.

What is the best day to buy plane tickets?

In the past, you may have heard that the secret best time to buy flights was Tuesday at midnight, but according to Hayley Berg, lead economist for travel deals app Hopper, that’s not always the case. “We found that this was only applicable to 1.6% of routes and yielded savings of 6%,” she says.

Instead, research by Expedia shows the ideal day to book a flight is Sunday. For domestic flights, you can get the best airfare by booking at the end of the weekend. Doing so can save you around 5%. For international flights, the savings are nearly 10%.

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In your hunt for the best time to buy flights, you’re probably searching for the best time of year or the best month, week and even the best time of day to buy airline tickets. (Anything to save a little cash!) But travel deals tend to vary too much to pin down those specifics. “There are many factors that impact pricing, so there is no golden rule that applies to all flights, nor is there a specific time of day, week [or] month that is better to book, in general,” Berg says. “It all varies, depending on the route you’re flying, etc.”

Best day to buy: Sunday
Save 5% on domestic travel and 10% on international flights.

What is the best time to buy tickets for holiday travel?

If you’re already thinking about getting away for Thanksgiving or the December holidays, check out flights and, if you find a price you like, book your tickets now. Although September is traditionally the best time to buy holiday airline tickets on the cheap, the pandemic has made travel unpredictable, so it may be worth locking in your tickets as soon as you can. Just make sure there will be no change fees if you find a lower price later on and want to switch your flight.

How far in advance should you book plane tickets?

It can be hard to figure out the best time to buy flights: Should you book your plane tickets months in advance or wait until closer to your trip? Will prices go up or down over that time?

“The general rule of thumb,” says Berg, “is to buy at least three weeks [or about 27 days] in advance for domestic trips. Prices spike in the two weeks leading up to a flight’s departure, rising 25% two weeks out and another 30% in the final week.”

For international trips, you’ll want to start planning even earlier. Let’s say you’re looking for the lowest prices for round-trip tickets from New York to Paris. Book at least 45 days in advance of the trip, according to Berg. She points out that the lowest-priced flights to Cancun are available more than 80 days in advance of departure.

When to book: 27 to 45 days before your trip
For domestic travel, book your flight about 27 days before your trip. For international flights, book at least 45 days ahead.

What is the cheapest day to fly?

The time of year, month or day you book a flight may not greatly affect how much you save on airfare, but when you choose to travel could.

“The day of the week that you actually travel can be a more predictable way to save,” Berg says. “For domestic trips, depart on a Tuesday or Wednesday to save as much as $75 per round trip ticket this summer. That’s 18% off peak prices. For international trips, depart on a Thursday to save as much as 6%, or $60, per round trip ticket.”

Cheapest days to fly: Tuesday through Thursday
Fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday for the cheapest domestic travel. Fly on Thursday for the lowest-priced international flights.

What is the cheapest month to fly?

Because it comes after the holidays and most people are back to work, January is the cheapest month to fly.

Looking for the best time to buy tickets to Europe or other international locations? Book a summer trip. Expedia data shows that August is the cheapest warm-weather month to fly, with average ticket prices nearly 10% lower compared with July. Tickets are also cheaper in August than during the December rush.

Cheapest month to fly: January
For the lowest fares on domestic flights, travel in January. But for international trips, you’ll find the cheapest fare in August.

When is the best time of day to travel?

Being a savvy traveler isn’t just about knowing how to find cheap flights. It’s also about choosing the flights that’ll make for the smoothest travel experience.

Early is the way to go, travel experts agree. Early morning flights are typically less crowded, and they give you more opportunities to get on another flight during the day if your flight is delayed or canceled.

Avoid taking the last flight of the day whenever possible, especially during the winter travel months, to reduce the chances of missed connections or getting stuck for the night in the airport due to bad weather.

When is the worst time to fly?

The holidays are always going to be the busiest times to travel because everyone is trying to get somewhere to celebrate. Prices tend to be higher, but that’s not the only reason this is the worst time to fly. The holidays are jam-packed with travelers, and not just in the busiest airports in the world. During the 2021 Thanksgiving holiday, the TSA screened nearly 1.5 million people a day, which meant longer lines in many airports and travel hubs. Those numbers and prices are only expected to increase this holiday season.

Why do flight prices fluctuate so much?

“Airfare is impacted by several factors, including jet fuel prices, seasonality and seat capacity,” explains Berg. “Large-scale events in a market can alter prices, but on a smaller level, the airfare you see when searching a flight can be impacted by what fare class is currently available on a given flight or how far out you are booking. These factors and more are constantly evolving, creating volatile pricing.”

How can you get the best deals?

Knowing the best time to buy flights is one way to travel on the cheap. Booking on a budget airline is another. But there are other steps you can take to save money on air travel.

Scour the best websites for cheap flights

There are a number of sites you can check for cheap flights, including these travel expert go-tos:

  • Expedia
  • Skyscanner
  • Orbitz
  • Momondo
  • Kayak

Make sure you read the fine print, paying attention to any unexpected fees or restrictions, before booking. And keep in mind that airlines will always give priority to passengers who booked directly through them rather than through a third-party site. So weigh your actual savings against the possibility of what might happen if you have an issue with delays, cancellations or lost baggage.

Set alerts and do your research

“It’s going to be hard to find cheap flights these days, so your best strategy is to track your airfare for places you want to travel,” says national travel correspondent Dayvee Sutton. “My favorite site for that is Google Flights. Just put in your destination, set it and forget it. Now you don’t have to hunt every hour or every day for the flight you want. When there is a change in the price, Google will send you an email, and when you see a price that works for you, book the flight!”

Another tool: the price-tracking and predictions tool on the Expedia app, which notifies travelers when airfare moves up or down and predicts price trends based on historical data. You can also try the Hopper app, which will predict the best time to buy for your specific trip. That’s important because the best time to buy flights largely depends on your route and dates.

Be flexible in price, destination and timing

“My #1 tip for getting travel deals is to be flexible,” says Sutton. “Travel is expensive right now, and the industry doesn’t predict it getting any better anytime soon. So if we rethink our approach to traveling, we can still find some deals by booking what is on sale as opposed to a specific destination.”

Deborah Jourdan, a senior vice president with sightseeing app Go City, agrees. “Certain destinations, such as Las Vegas, have already surpassed pre-pandemic numbers in terms of Go City pass purchases,” she says. “People are eager to get back out there, and New York City, London, San Diego, Oahu and Paris are currently our most booked cities.”

Look at less-popular cities for better deals.

Consider seasonality before booking

Seasonally, demand typically slows around mid- to late June, as most travelers have already booked their vacations for peak May, June and July travel. Lower demand for late summer and early fall travel means you may be able to get lower airfare by traveling in September or October. In fact, according to Berg, you can save an average of $118 off domestic airfare if you wait and travel in late August or early September.

Browse incognito for flights

You’re innocently searching out the must-see places in the United States to take your kids and teens, when the price increases. Is Google tracking your searches and dishing up higher prices, knowing you’re eager to get away? And should you be clearing your browser’s cookies when looking for flights?

“The better strategy would be to search in incognito mode,” says Sutton. “The algorithms do, indeed, track your search, and this could affect the prices you are quoted. Although this is not always true, and I have seen the price remain the same for days after I’ve done an initial search, it can’t hurt.”

As Sutton acknowledges, the issue is a bit murky. While some travel experts put this trick into practice, others say there’s no evidence that searches affect ticket prices, maintaining that clearing cookies and using a private browser won’t help you find cheaper fares. Airline ticket prices, they say, fluctuate based on a whole bunch of factors, including demand. Still, if you’re really pinching pennies, there’s no harm in trying.

What’s the best way to avoid waiting in lines?

Other than arriving early (at least two hours before your domestic flight and three hours before an international one, says the TSA), invest in trusted traveler programs like Global Entry and TSA PreCheck (both of which last five years) and/or Clear, which is renewed annually. With any of these options, you’ll get to skip the longer lines at security.

And pack light if you can. Checking bags can add time and expenses to travel. If possible, opt for carry-on luggage on your next trip. You’ll skip lines when you arrive at the airport and won’t have to wait for luggage when you land.

Whenever possible, select nonstop flights. Choosing a nonstop option instead of a connecting flight can make dealing with unexpected delays, crowds or cancellations a little easier because you don’t have to worry about getting on another flight. If you can’t take a direct flight, make sure to budget sufficient time to make a connection, just in case your first flight is delayed.

Finally, many car rental companies offer contactless pickup, so you can just walk onto the lot and hop in your car. On Expedia, use the “skip the counter” filter to find these options and avoid waiting in yet another line at the car rental office.

Unfortunately, the waiting doesn’t end at the airport, though. To avoid long lines at the attractions you want to visit at your destination, buy your tickets online before you leave home. “This summer will be one of the busiest travel seasons in years,” warns Jourdan, “and visitors should be prepared for longer lines and more limited capacity in popular destinations and attractions. Just as foodie travelers might book a restaurant reservation a couple weeks ahead of a trip, experience-driven travelers should think about their must-see attractions and book reservations to ensure they have the access they want.”

Be prepared

All experts agree that this summer is going to be a challenging one for travel. “With restrictions relaxed, people are more comfortable with the idea of traveling than they have been for the past couple of years,” says Sutton. “But everyone should keep in mind that traveling itself is not comfortable right now. Protocols are changing all the time, lines are longer, crowds are bigger and there are more flight delays and cancellations than ever. So if you are going to travel, be prepared for the unexpected, pack your patience and focus on the fun you will have at your destination.”

Knowing the best time to buy flights is a great first step in saving money. But if you really want to save—and these days, who doesn’t?—learn more ways timing is everything by finding out the best time to buy a TV, a car and household appliances.

Additional reporting by Melissa Klurman.

Sources:

  • Hayley Berg, lead economist at Hopper
  • Expedia: “2022 Travel Hacks Report”
  • Christie Hudson, senior public relations manager of Expedia
  • Deborah Jourdan, senior vice president at Go City
  • Adam Lawless, director of communications at Viator
  • Dayvee Sutton, national travel correspondent
  • Viator: “Travel Trends Report 2022”

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Do airline prices drop on Tuesday?

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No, your search history doesn’t affect flight prices.

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Do flight prices go down closer to the date?

Specifically, plane tickets usually don’t get cheaper closer to the departure date. Instead, flights tend to be the most inexpensive when you book between four months and three weeks before your departure date. According to the CheapAir.com 2019 Annual Airfare Study, you can expect rates to go up after that period.

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Do flight prices go down at midnight?

Yes, during midnight the prices of the flight go down. A trend is that Thursday Midnights are usually a great time for making your reservations for both domestic and international flights.

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Is it better to buy airline tickets in the morning or evening?

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Do airline prices change at midnight?

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Why is Skyscanner so cheap?

Of all the flight-buying websites, Skyscanner is almost always the cheapest due to its multi-city searches, price trend tracker, and secret ?everywhere? feature.

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Do flight prices drop the day of the flight?

Airline tickets rarely decrease in price as the departure date approaches. In fact, airline pricing typically increases closer to the departure date. To fill the most seats, airlines often offer the lowest prices far in advance. As the departure date nears, the prices gradually increase.

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Are flights cheaper at midnight?

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13 Easy Tips to Always Find Cheap Flights in 2022

13 Easy Tips to Always Find Cheap Flights in 2022For most trips, airfare is the most expensive part of the trip. While prices for transatlantic flights have gone down in recent years, they can still put a sizeable dent in any travel budget. Whether you’re a budget solo traveler or a family looking to vacation abroad, finding a cheap flight deal can be what makes or breaks your trip. After all, if your flight is too expensive, you’re likely going to keep putting the trip off. I’ve seen it happen time and time again. And yet every day, airlines have thousands of amazing deals — from mistakenly published fares to special promotions to slashing prices to compete with another airline. Cheap fares are out there and they can make your dream trip a reality — if you know where to look. Today, I am going to help you master the art of finding a cheap flight. These are the exact steps I’ve been following for a decade to get the cheapest airfare possible every time I fly. If you follow them too, you’ll never be the person on a flight who paid the most for their ticket! Here’s how to find a cheap flight no matter where you want to go in the world: 1. Ignore the Myths The first thing to know about finding a cheap flight is that there is no magic bullet or one secret ninja trick to doing so. There are a lot of myths online about how to find cheap flights. In fact, you’ve probably come across a ton of them on your search to find the best flight deal! They are all lies. They will lead you astray. Most websites hire terrible reporters who recycle common and outdated myths. Here are the most common that are 100% not true: It is NOT cheaper to buy airfare on a Tuesday (or any other specific day for that matter). There is NO evidence that searching incognito leads to cheaper deals. There is NO exact date or specific time period in which to book your airfare. You can’t predict airline prices and websites that do are basically taking an educated (but probably wrong) guess. Airlines use advanced computer and pricing algorithms to determine prices and run sales based on the time of the year, passenger demand, weather, major events/festivals, time of day, competitor prices, fuel prices, and much more. Those so-called “tricks” don’t work anymore. The system is too smart. Throw them out. Let them die. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you otherwise. Anyone who is telling you doesn’t know what they are talking about. These myths will 100% lead you astray.   2. Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates and Times Airline ticket prices vary greatly depending on the day of the week, time of year, and upcoming holidays, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, or the Fourth of July. August is a big month for traveling around Europe, and everyone wants to go somewhere warm in the…

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Is there a best day to book flights for cheap airfare? – CNN

Is there a best day to book flights? No, but there are services for finding cheap airfare | CNN Underscored The concept of booking your flight on a specific day to save a bit of money has become one of the most common pieces of quasi-advice among travelers. But the popular travel myth might be just that — a myth — as flight prices these days depend on demand, not the day of the week. “While there used to be greater price variation depending on the day of the week you booked a flight, there’s less variation now due to pricing being handled algorithmically by computers,” explains Steve Oliverez, CEO of InsanelyCheapFlights.com. This means that there’s really no magic trick to ensuring you outsmart the booking website and get the cheapest deal every time. That said, it doesn’t mean you have to concede to paying a premium for your flight. We spoke to budget travel experts to get their top tips on exactly how to find the cheapest flights as well as some of our favorite services for helping you to find cheap airfare. Let’s get this out of the way: There is no best day or time to book a flight. “Despite many reports claiming Tuesday or Wednesday mornings are the best time to book flights, there is no evidence of that being true,” explains Phil Dengler, founder of TheVacationer.com. “Cheap flight prices are available 24/7, so you should not limit yourself to a particular day or time.” “I regularly search for and book flights and have found great deals every single day of the week,” adds Dengler. “Flight prices depend on complex algorithms, and the day of the week is not one of the factors.” What still matters is the day of the week you’re actually looking to fly and how far in advance you book the ticket, says Oliverez. Early to midweek tends to be cheaper on off-peak days, and as a rule of thumb, the busier the weekend, the more the flight is going to cost. “I’ve found that it is generally cheaper to fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays,” adds Dengler. “That is not a hard rule, but I have found it to be the case the majority of the time.” Ultimately, you want to remain as flexible as possible when considering travel dates. Because flight prices vary based on demand, tickets are more likely to be pricier on more in-demand days, like Fridays and Sundays, according to flight deal website Scott’s Cheap Flights. In addition, consider picking the destination you want to visit before picking the dates you want to travel — and then consider alternative airports around that main destination. Allowing yourself the flexibility to search for cheaper fares throughout the calendar year will allow you to pick the cheapest dates to fly, which may typically fall in the shoulder season. “Picking travel dates before you look at flight prices almost always leads to you paying more than you have to,” says Dengler. “You should always pick a destination and find the cheapest days to fly to that destination. Those savings increase the bigger your party is, and you may only have to fly a day or two earlier or later than you originally intended.” Getty Images/iStockphoto Just like the myth that there’s a cheapest day to book flights, there are plenty of other common flight-booking myths that’ll cause you more hassle than dollars saved. For example, clearing your browser’s cookies or searching for flight prices in incognito mode will not change the prices shown, says Dengler. Many factors influence flight prices, but your personal search history is not a factor. While it will not increase prices, it’s a waste of time. Ultimately, if you’ve got a specific destination in mind, the best advice is to check on prices often. Because airline pricing algorithms change all the time, you’ll want to check your flights as much as possible, but there is some general guidance about how far in advance you should look to book. Generally speaking, you’ll want to aim to book your domestic flight itineraries between one and four months in advance of your travel dates. Do it too far away…

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Why and when do flight prices drop? – Skyscanner

Why and when do flight prices drop? Of all the world’s great mysteries — how did ancient Egyptians build the pyramids? Why do washing machines eat socks? — perhaps the greatest is: when do flight prices drop? You check an airfare one day, it might be $150. Buy that same ticket a few days later and it could cost much, much more. But why? Well, this is one mystery we can solve. In return, if anyone has an answer to the sock thing, please let us know. Below, we’ll explain how airlines figure out their flight fares — and, thanks to our data nerds experts, we’ve found some general pricing patterns that may help you find the cheapest tickets based on historical data. It is in airlines’ best interest to make sure people can afford to fly with them, so they want to offer good prices. But they also need to find the right balance between (a) making sure they fill up a flight and (b) earning enough money to justify all the costs that go into operating the journey. For this reason, ticket prices will drop and rise very regularly, depending on many different factors that are specific to that particular flight. Those things can include: Of course, this depends on a ton of different and ever-changing factors, like how well that particular flight or route is selling. But here at Skyscanner, we love a bit of flight price data analysis, so we crunched some numbers and found a few patterns, which should help you find the best-possible price for your trip. Our analysis shows that flight prices go through a weekly cycle. Typically, the lowest prices are made available earlier in the week, and the highest prices are offered later in the week. According to our data: Tuesday. It seems most airlines launch their discounts on Monday nights, so you can pick up the best prices on Tuesday mornings. Typically, you’ll save somewhere between 15 and 25 percent.   Midweek. Flights that take off and land on weekends, or Mondays and Fridays generally cost more. So aim for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. OK, so what if you need to book closer to the flight date than we’ve suggested? Well, don’t despair. We have a solution: our Skyscanner Price Alert. And, in more good news, it’s totally free.See, because we’re always tracking flight prices in real time with our own software, we can let you know when prices on the flights you like change. This means that, if you’ve got your eye on a particular destination or flight, we can let you know exactly when the price rises and falls, giving you the best chance of finding a sweet deal (and avoiding a budget-busting fail). Some other things to know Skyscanner doesn’t use cookies to limit the prices we show you. So, no matter how many times you search for the same flight with us, we’ll always show you the best prices available at that time. Some airlines, like Southwest, offer seasonal flight sales, which means prices drop across their routes if you book within a particular time window. The catch? There’s only a limited number of seats available at these sale prices. Happy cheap flight finding! And a quick reminder: please always be sure to check local government guidelines and restrictions before booking flights. Learn about flexible booking options so you can plan travel confidently, no matter where you want to go. Discover where you can go Making plans to get back out there? Find out whose borders are open with our interactive global map, and sign up to receive email updates when your top destinations reopen. Want to read more? We’re here for you: Check out this regularly updated article on everything related to coronavirus and travel.Discover the best of Northern Florida with these COVID-friendly activities!Here’s the insider scoop on the top 5 tips for booking your next trip with confidence.

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