Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Best time to book a flight

I have been wondering for a long time how to snag the best deals for airfare.  How many weeks in advance should I book a flight for the best price?  Is there a day of the week which seems to offer the best prices?  What do I need to know before bargain shopping for a flight, or is it just "hit or miss"?

Finally, thanks to twitter, I have an answer.  Here it is:
According to the latest studies, the best time to buy tickets is on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm ET. That’s when airlines tend to release their promotional fares (deals which are sometimes pulled, if not sold out, by the end of the week). How far in advance should you book? Eight weeks in advance of your trip. After that, fares tend to rise steadily as you get closer to your departure date.
 I don't travel often.  But when I do, I like to do it as cheaply as possible.  Hopefully this advice will help.


Mary Rafferty said...

ha-ha, love the paint job!
It'd be worth testing out their advice. It sounds right, based on my prior travel experiences.


B.S. said...

Well, Mary, let me know when you test it. I wish I knew more, such as whether or not it pays off to book many months in advance. I think it makes no difference - two months is the only timing that matters.