5 Insider Tips to Get the Best Airfare Prices

Travel Thursday: airline ticketsTraveling to Scotland?

When planning a trip involving airfare, most people believe one of two things (or maybe both!).

  • You get a better price on airline tickets when you book far in advance.
  • You may be able to find some sweet, last-minute deals on unsold inventory if you wait until the very last minute.

While there are no fail-safe methods for predicting airfare patterns, a recent report from CheapAir shows the best buying times.

Here are five of the top airfare tips:

  1. Book domestic flights between 3-7 weeks out from your travel dates. Average fares start to decline about 3 months out from departure.
  2. Start researching international flight prices 6-9 months out then sign up for a fare-monitoring service to alert you when prices are at their lowest.
  3. Plan Spring break getaways to warmer weather about 5 months in advance.
  4. Book winter holiday trips as early as June because prices tend to climb and keep on rising from that point on.
  5. Don’t wait until the week of the departure because fares typically shoot up by 25% or more.

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