The Cheapest Days & Times To Fly According To Travel Experts
A question that always seems to bring a great deal of controversy is … When Is The Cheapest Days & Times To Fly? Well, that really depends these days on just what type of vacation we’re talking about. In my years of travel, this does vary greatly from specific types of holidays you may have in mind.
Below, I’ve included a colorful infographic chart that was recently circulated on the internet from a reputable travel website. It breaks down the types of travel and suggested dates that you should be looking at when booking a vacation for them.
This data collected is from a data research team with a major travel booking website known as Kayak and are for flight purposes only leaving from the United States.
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Cheapest Days & Times To Fly
Flights In The United States
Based on their conclusions, there are a few surprising results! Let’s have a closer look …
When To Book For Domestic Flights
Flights In The United States
The chart indicates the best time to book your domestic flight in the United States, is anywhere from 3 to 7 weeks prior to departure. This really means that the longer you wait, the seats begin filling up and as a result, the price goes up as well!
I really like airlines that offer price comparison calendars directly on their websites for the month and day you select.
Alaska Airlines is great for this and I have booked several flights with them in the past, saving hundreds of dollars! As the chart indicates, Tuesdays and Wednesdays have been typically the cheapest days to leave, with a Monday as a cheap day to return.
Again, I think this really varies depending on how fast particular flights are booking.
Cheapest Days To Fly International
A good rule of thumb here is that the further you are flying the earlier you need to book your flight. These flights seem to sell out quickly, especially during the peak season or on holidays. According to the chart, the best time to book flights are at least 8 to 10 months before leaving.
I know on a recent flight we took from Vancouver British Columbia to Sydney, Australia, I booked just short of one year prior to departure. The flight at that time was booking very fast!
When To Book Your Flights To South America
Suggested time to reserve your seats for the cheapest flight out of the States is about 6 months prior. I think this is largely because of the popularity and number of destinations airlines fly to in South America.
To be sure, I would contact your preferred airline well in advance for the best possible price.
One thing I have learned flying over the years, is that prices fluctuate greatly and change almost daily. So if you can reserve your seat with a no cancellation fee or a price protection guarantee, do so if you can. Keep watching the fare and see if it drops during that time.
Many vacation package holidays offer this guarantee at a very minimal cost, and in most cases it can be well worth it! On our last all inclusive vacation, our travel booking company offered this guarantee and the price did drop after we booked.
We received about a $200 credit afterwards! 🙂
Cheapest Days To Book Flights
Flights To Africa
Traveling to this destination suggests at least 6 months in advance. I would definitely book earlier than that, as there are many things to take care of well before leaving. You definitely want to make sure you have all your necessary travel vaccinations complete prior to travel, and this can take quite some time.
As well, certain travel visas may be necessary as well. So leaving things inside of 6 months would not be wise. We had family members take an African Safari vacation a few years back, and they booked their flights one year in advance when leaving from Canada.
My wife and I are planning an African Safari in 2021, and will be booking one year in advance using our saved Air Mile Points.
Cheapest Days & Times To Fly To Central America And The Caribbean
For select flights leaving to these destinations, booking is just a matter of weeks ahead, from 4 to 6. Again, I would check and compare with online flight fare comparison charts with the airlines well in advance and see when the cheapest days and times are.
As they say … If you snooze, you lose!
I always plan well in advance especially if you want the best and most convenient flights and times for your destination. Non-stop flights sell out quickly and you may end up paying more for direct flights or even non – direct flights because of waiting too long to book. The time your flight departs can also play a huge role in the overall ticket price.
So if you are flexible in departure times, this can save you hundreds of dollars. 🙂
The same goes for Finding The Best Cruise Deals and bookings vacations to All Inclusive Resorts. It seems now, the earlier you book your holiday the best deals there are to be had. These types of vacations are extremely popular because of the outstanding Value you receive for your dollar!
For a few more tips from the experts, I’ve included a link below to one of my favorite world travel experts – Peter Greenberg. I’ve added a link to his post on the best time to buy plane tickets. Some very helpful additional information!
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
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