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:
- Book domestic flights between 3-7 weeks out from your travel dates. Average fares start to decline about 3 months out from departure.
- 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.
- Plan Spring break getaways to warmer weather about 5 months in advance.
- Book winter holiday trips as early as June because prices tend to climb and keep on rising from that point on.
- Don’t wait until the week of the departure because fares typically shoot up by 25% or more.
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