When should you buy your airline ticket? Here’s what our data has to say

It is a question that has been agonizing travelers for the last 30 years: when is the best time to buy an airline ticket? Buy too early and you feel like a sucker when the guy sitting next to you paid $100 less for buying his ticket three months later. Buy too late and…well, you might find yourself priced right out of the market.

Every year, when to buy a flight is the most frequently asked question our customer support team receives.  And every year, we crunch more and more data to try to find the best answer. In 2013, we monitored 4,191,533 trips. For each trip – that is, a flight from city A to city B on a specific date with a specific trip length– we looked at prospective fares over about a 10½ month booking window, ranging from 320 days in advance, to 1 day in advance, including every possible booking date in between. It adds up to a database of 1.3 billion air fares — and a serious headache for those who were tasked with making sense of it!

The simple answer is that in 2013 the best time to buy a domestic airline ticket was 54 days in advance, or 7 1/2 weeks on average. But before you send yourself a calendar invite 54 days before your next trip, read on; there is a lot more to the story.

The “Prime Booking Window”

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For most domestic trips, we found a similar pattern. The worst time to book your trip was the last minute. No big shocker there. The day before was the single worst day, two days before was the second worst, etc. etc. all the way up to 13 days in advance. Our data completely debunks the myth that if you wait until the last minute, there will be big price reductions to take advantage of, as airlines dump empty seats. That simply doesn’t happen, and buying a flight with less than two weeks advance purchase is the last strategy we would recommend.

Besides not buying at least 14 days in advance, however, the next biggest mistake was usually to buy too early. On most airlines, flights open up for sale 331 days in advance. That is the earliest you can book a flight – about 11 months in advance. We found that for about four months from that time, domestic fares tended to stay pretty steady, and pretty high. That makes sense. Airlines just don’t get aggressive about offering fare sales for flights that far in advance. (Note, we are specifically referring to fares within the U.S. here. The pattern for international flights is different and we’ll discuss in a follow up post.)

According to the data, sometime around 225 days out (7 1/2 months), on average, fares started to drop and by 104 days out (3 1/2 months) they had fallen to within $10 of their low point. From there they continued to drop, slowly but steadily, until reaching a low 54 days before departure. After 54 days, fares started to climb again, remaining within $10 of that low until 29 days out. Then, the increase began to accelerate and once you were within 14 days the fares really shot up dramatically.

In short, between about one month out and three and a half months out (29 days to 104 days) fares were at their lowest point. We call this period the “prime booking window” where the average fare on each day was within $10 of the lowest fare possible. This is the period where 2013 domestic flights were generally the least expensive and this was usually the best time to buy.

What it All Means

Of course, that’s a pretty good sized window. On the surface, it may seem like we are saying as long as you don’t buy too early and don’t buy too late, you’ll be fine, so it’s not really that critical when you actually purchase your flight. But when we drill down on the numbers we see clearly that that is the wrong conclusion to draw. We keep saying “on average” because when you throw 4 million trips together, and run the numbers, the volatility tends to get smoothed out. But if you’re going to a specific destination, on a specific set of dates, general averages across the whole U.S. industry don’t matter – what really matters are prices for your exact trip. And here you’ll see that, if you look within the “prime booking window” at the individual trip level, there is a ton of volatility and fluctuation. We found that each individual trip had an average of 92 fare changes between the time fights opened for sale and the time they departed. For domestic flights, the average difference between buying a ticket on the best possible day to buy and the worst was $312! The smooth graph that you see above which is based on averages for all markets, would have a lot more spikes and valleys if it were drawn for just one trip, like we did here. The $312 difference between buying at the right time and the wrong time drives home the point that the decision of when to buy really does make a huge impact on what you end up paying.

So What Should You Do if You’re Planning a Trip?

We know this is a lot to digest, but here’s the bottom line:

It is less important to remember the 54 days number, and more important to understand that the market for each exact trip is so unique and so volatile that averages are not that meaningful. Unfortunately, there isn’t any silver bullet, best-time-to-buy, that you can mark in your calendar and not have to worry about. We constantly tell would-be flyers to search for flights early and often. As soon as you know you might be taking a trip, start checking fares. This doesn’t necessarily mean to buy early – in fact, most of the time we suggest waiting. But you want to become familiar with the market on your exact travel dates so you know what’s a good fare, what’s not, and what’s realistic. If you check back frequently, you will likely catch fares that are both on the high side and the low side, and you’ll have the right perspective to know which is which. Be ready, though. When you do see a good deal, you’ll want to grab it, as great fares don’t typically last for very long.

If you’re not confused enough, by now, please read our follow up post, “When to ignore our advice and book you air ticket as early as possible“.

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280 Comments

  1. March 2nd, 2014

    Would like to hire your assistance to buy or lease a travel engine!

    Thanks,
    Neville

    • Hi Neville,

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  2. do you have the data showing the “median air fare” instead of average air fare? it may show a different pattern than the above chart.

    • Hi Fred,

      Our data was centered around finding the average and not the median, so unfortunately we do not have this information for you. Please let us know if you have any questions.

  3. Where is the blog about booking international flights? I can’t find it..

  4. Including some measure like the standard deviation to give a sense of the volatility would be great! Not that it would be so useful as a precise number, but just to give a better sense of how tight the distribution is and bolster the caveat of “but this is why your specific circumstance is really important to look at.”

    • Hi Benjamin,

      Great points! We are continually monitoring airfares and will provide information on our findings. We appreciate your comment and will consider this for a future post.

      • can you help me to find a cheap ticket for may 23-25 to ottawa from LGA

        • Hi Sas,

          Currently, fares for your dates are starting at around $357 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Since you are looking to travel next month, you should purchase as soon as possible to avoid the fares from increasing further. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1qAS98u Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  5. great article…is this databased and searchable for specific routes? any research on day of the week price fluctuations?

    • Hi Doug,

      Thanks! Those are great questions. The data is based on an aggregation of searches for specific routes. So while the findings in the article don’t mention specific routes, and it’s not searchable at this time, that is what comprises the underlying data. You can read more airfare fluctuations here. Please let us know if you have any questions.

  6. I’m a data analyst living in Hawaii. I am getting married here later this year and would like to tell my family when the is best time for them to reserve tickets. I see that you identified 81 days as the best time to reserve travel to this state, but I’m wondering if the month of intended travel and the departure cities matter.

    Any chance you could let me analyze the data for my own purposes? I’m happy to share any findings I have with you.

    • Hi Richard,

      Many factors go into finding the right time to book your flights. The seasonality of the destination, if its a holiday, how in demand it is, how large or small the airports they are departing from are, etc. In fact, I think you should also read our post about When to ignore our advice and book as early as possible. There’s a lot of factors that go into determining when to buy and this post will help you identify the General Ticket Buying Strategies. Let us know if you have any questions.

  7. I recently booked 4 tickets to Maui for next Christmas, booking the tickets within minutes of the flights being opened to sales. I wanted to use air miles for all 4 tickets, but the airline wouldn’t let me book 4 tickets. So I used air miles for 2 tickets, purchased one ticket at posted price and used a companion fare certificate for the 4th ticket. I am currently deployed and the trip will be family reconnection time. Not much better than Christmas on Maui! I’d already booked the condo, so needed to be sure the air travel matched.

    My point is, sometimes you need to book as soon as you can to ensure you get the flights you need to get to the places you want to visit.

    • Hi Don,

      Great point. While our advice doesn’t specifically speak to everyone’s situation, it is a great guideline to follow when trying to find the cheapest flights. Have an awesome time with your family in Maui for the holidays!

  8. I just purchased a one-way ticket for myself with American Airlines from West Palm to San Diego. Today is March 3rd and the ticket is for June 11th. I am 83 years young and the charge is $339.Is that a fair price? I usually go stand-by as my daughter works for another airline. Thanks for your input…..Barbara

    • Hi Barbara,

      In checking one-way flight prices from West Palm Beach to San Diego for June 11th, it appears that flights are starting from around $265 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Of course the pricing varies depending on what time you fly, but if you’re flexible with your flight times on June 11th, then you can save more money. If you’ve already booked with American Airlines today, you can cancel with them and re-book for a cheaper lower flight if you’d like. If you’d prefer to speak with one of our Travel Advisors, you can call us at 1-800-243-2724.

  9. How do things change if I’m looking for business or first class on an international flight?

    • Hi TCL,

      When flying Business or First class, you have options galore. I’d suggest booking as soon as you know you’re going. Most business and first class tickets are sold as refundable, so if you can’t go you can always refund later. When flying business or first class, it’s best to book earlier to save some money versus booking last minute. Please let us know if you need any help or assistance with finding flights. We’re here to help you in any way we can.

  10. Lookimg to fly to London August 4-12 from YYZ. Should i book now? Or should I wait 60 days before? :|

    • Hi Warren,

      Currently fares for your dates are starting at around $1200 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. There are cheaper flight options, but they have multiple connections and long lay-overs. The summer months in London are considered the peak season, so fares will be higher than usual throughout the year. With all that said, I would recommend to purchase sooner than the advised 60 days. I’d suggest to monitor the fares now onward and be ready to buy when you find the flights you like at the price you like.

  11. Hi CheapAir,

    Great data gathering effort and analysis! I’d like to recommend you do a follow-up post where you analyze the data around certain holidays when a lot of people are (obviously) traveling.

    It would be very useful to find out if there’s a prime booking window and what it is for say, Memorial or Labor day weekends.

    It would likely lead to more viewers checking out your site! :-)

    • Hi Igor,

      Thank you for your feedback. We’re actually working on something similar to that, so definitely keep us in mind and check back with us. We’re here to help you with your travels in any way we can, so just let us know.

  12. What day should I book a flight for may 21 from houston to providence, RI and what airline

    • Hi Vange,

      Based on what we are finding, I would recommend to purchase now or sooner than later. The cheapest fares from Houston to Providence for May 21st are starting at $144 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1gb5ddo Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  13. When would be the best time to book airfares for these trips this summer: Early July, 2014 from PHX to BOS and mid August from PHX to MSP?

    Thanks/Cliff

    • Hi Cliff,

      That can depend on the dates you’re traveling on. For example, if you’re traveling during the busy July 4th holiday weekend, then I would recommend booking sooner than later since airfares for those dates will be higher than usual. Otherwise, if you’re departing during the middle of the week vs a Friday or Sunday, then you have more time to monitor the fares and wait it out more. Ultimately, the summer is a peak travel time in the U.S., so I’d be sure to book at least 55 days in advance, prior to your departure date. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  14. I have a wedding to attend April 26 in Queens, NYC (I’m from NYC myself) .
    I cannot leave until the 23 or 24. of April but am more flexible about my date for returning.

    I’m presently living in Panama City Florida.

    It seems there’s no flexible dates booking for Panama City Beach to and from NYC and when I chose my departure from April 23 OR 24th and returning April 29 or 30- it seems there are *no* supported flights at all!
    What is wrong? I’ve never had such difficulty before with booking a flight between PC and NYC .
    Thank you in advance for any assistance you may give me.

    • Hi Karen,

      Unfortunately the only airlines that would fly from Panama City, Florida to NYC would be either Delta or Southwest. We are not allowed to offer either of these airlines on our website, per the airline’s policy. We do offer them if you call us at 1-800-243-2724. One of our Travel Advisors will be able to assist you with finding the cheapest flight options for your dates if you call us.

  15. Isn’t there also a particular time of day/night that fares are lower as well?

    • Hi Rosemarie,

      Yes and no. Often booking earlier in the week, like on a Tuesday or Wednesday is better because that’s normally when airlines will release their sales. (Whether its a sale for your routing could be an issue though, since sales are often date and route specific.) It is also a better option to book your flights earlier in the day than later since you’re looking for the most availability and the later you look, the less flights there could be available at the cheapest prices.

  16. is there a day of the week that is cheaper to depart/return than others on any flight? and does the length of the trip make it any cheaper?

    • Hi RRS,

      Often booking for a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday is better because those flights tend to be less popular since most people work during the week and travel on the weekends, Friday – Sunday. The length of the stay can impact the pricing, since some fares have rules that you must stay a Saturday night, etc… It just depends on the dates and how many days you’re traveling for. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  17. Hello,

    What about flying to US from DR? Which is the best time to buy a roundtrip ticket?

    • Hi Elvis,

      Generally, booking about 100 days or around there is the best time to buy, but there are a lot of factors that can affect the costs. The General Ticket Buying Strategies we’ve listed here: http://bit.ly/1hqSmG0 are important to consider when booking your flights. Please let us know if you have any questions.

  18. Possible strategy:

    Check prices daily, and buy when the price drops 10% (give or take). If the price does not drop by as much as 10%, buy 50-60 days before departure. Should work in the long run?

    • Hi Ed,

      That’s a good strategy, but also take into account our General Ticket Buying Strategies which guides you on when to buy sooner vs later. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance with finding flights.

  19. Where is the dataset? please publish it!
    Thanxz a lot!

    • Hi Jacob,

      Unfortunately we cannot publish the data. The data set is based on an aggregation of searches for specific routes conducted on CheapAir.com.

  20. I’m planning to fly to Hartford,Ct., May 28 from Melbourne,Fl., to attend graduations in the middle of June. When should I book? I’m also considering flying out of Orlando.

    • Hi Joyce,

      Orlando is the cheapest airport option for your routing. The current cost is about $114 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. I’d recommend to purchase now, or as soon as you can since we’re about 2 months out from your departure. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1nYgJSQ Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  21. We plan to go to Lima Peru from Las Vegas,NV. The date is Dec 26 – Jan 3rd. As of right now the fare is $1335 per person round trip. Should I wait til later this summer (Around late August or early Sept) to book it?

    Thank you so much!

    • Hi David,

      Since you’re looking to travel around the holiday time here in the U.S., I’d suggest booking your flights sooner than later since flights around the holidays will be more expensive and tend to get booked fast. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/PU0d6I Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  22. 1) My wife and I are flying round trip from DEN to OTP from 7/11/14 to 7/28/14 (dates are flexible). I have been checking weekly for about five months and found that, at the start, I could get tickets for $1460. The price rose until three weeks ago. It dropped gradually until today, when the lowest I found was $1355. Every so often I will test the price drop by looking at prices 1-2 1/2 months from the present date and consistently find they drop to $1100 or $1200 about 1 1/2 months out. Do you think this will hold up (i.e. the price for leaving 7/11/14 will drop to about $1200 about the 3rd week of May?

    2) Why are flights consistently more expensive out of DEN, though it is a large hub?

    • Hi Doug,

      Summertime flights to Bucharest are always full since its the peak season to visit. Unfortunately when pricing out flights, its difficult to compare some dates versus other since there are a lot of factors that go into the pricing. For example, summer is a peak season. Another thing to consider is that this is also Bucharest’s busiest festival season. Flights will be more expensive due to that versus in the Fall or Springtime when the weather isn’t as great.

      With all that said, I would advise purchasing your flights now or as soon as you can. Fares will only continue to get more expensive as they sell out so book early to ensure you don’t pay more. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1eFXBQ0 Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  23. It would be an interesting feature to see how well I did in my booking strategy! If hou could provide a priice graph of my flight after the real take off, and an average graph of all my purchases ;-)

    • Hi Rodolfo,

      That is an interesting idea. We appreciate the suggestion. Definitely let us know if you need any assistance with your travels.

  24. Hi! We are two couples planning on a mid September trip SAN to LIH (kauai) roundtrip. Would purchasing in May or June be the best window to buy? Thanks!

    • Hi Ellen,

      Since you’re looking for flights in mid-September, you still have some time to continue to monitor the fares more. September is a great time to travel to Kauai since it will be less touristy than the previous summer months. Definitely make sure to purchase your flights no later than early June. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1qWZiy7 Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  25. Regardless of the accuracy (or not) of the data, you just gave me a GREAT resource for a math lesson!!!!! (I am a math teacher). As well as an interesting article to read with helpful (and hopefully accurate) data :)
    Thanks!

  26. I’m trying to find a reasonable way to fly Business Class from FLL, PBI or MIA to Delhi, India on November 12 and returning to one of the above airports from Cape Town, South Africa December 25-27. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    • Hi Dorothy,

      In checking flights for your trip, Miami will be your best airport in the United States. Since you are looking for a Business Class airfare, I would recommend calling to speak with one of our Travel Advisors at 1-800-243-2724 who would be happy to assist you with your flights and advise you on the best options for your routing.

  27. I’m confused. So, how many days advance should I book an airplane ticket? Not too early and not too late seems quite broad.

    • Hi Shannon,

      There’s a lot of factors that go into figuring out the right time to purchase your flights. While our advise may not specifically apply to everyone and every flight, it is meant to be a guideline to help understand when to book. For example, if you’re traveling for the holidays then you should book a lot farther in advance due to the demand for flights during holidays… but if you’re just traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco mid-week in September, then you can probably wait longer till booking your flight. Definitely let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  28. Thanks for the data, I passed it on to my sister, in Portland, OR hoping she’ll be able to visit me. We lost our father Nov 26th so this article is a treasure. Could you advise me when would be best to book a flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica? My best friend (who I haven’t seen in 3 yrs.), gave me an open invitation to visit anytime from June on…with such flexible dates I don’t know where to start. Thanks again.

    • Hi Meredith,

      Since you are very flexible with your travel dates, I would recommend using our MapSearch which will allow you to enter your departing city and see a map of destinations and how much flights are starting from. If you scroll and click on Montego Bay Jamaica, you’ll be shown a calendar of airfares with the cheapest dates. This would be the best way to find a cheap flight when you are flexible with your travel dates. Definitely let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  29. I’D LIKE TO KNOW SOMETHING. I HAVE A FREE FLIGHT GIVEN BY ME THAT I CAN USE ANYTIME THIS YEAR. I WILL NEED TO FLY TO CHICAGO LAST WEEK IN JULY 2014. WHEN SHOULD I CALL IN TO USE THIS? THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME ABOUT THE SAME TIME A YEAR AGO.

    • Hi Virginia,

      You should call us at 1-800-243-2724 to speak with a Travel Advisor who can assist you with your flights. I’d recommend to contact us now or at your earliest convenience.

  30. Deseo dos vuelos de newyork para Ecuador en el mes de diciembre 30

    • Hi Johanan,

      For your flights for December 30, New York to Ecuador, you should book sooner than later since it is during the peak holiday season and the New Year. To view flights you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1gxrlme

  31. Thanks so much for your insight! I am traveling to Maui from West Palm Beach, FL, in late October.

    Can you recommend an estimated best time to book my ticket, and also, any clue what the average low price round-trip ticket would look like from WPB to Maui? I’m hoping for $600. I will note your site has given the lowest prices this far, and I’ve been following for about 5 months now.

    Also, am I better off booking separate flights? Say one to San Diego, then separate to Maui?

    Many thanks,

    Sarah

    • Hi Sarah,

      That can greatly depend on your dates of travel, number of days you are staying, etc.. For example, if you are traveling mid-week or during the weekend, the fares can vary. Depending on whether your staying for 3 days or 2 weeks can make a difference. Without knowing your dates, its difficult to give you an estimate. Since October is not peak season for Maui it is likely that you can wait out longer to see if the fares drop any, but again that can depend on your exact dates. Booking two separate one-way can sometime work, but it isn’t necessarily better. For example, something to consider is the time you’ll need in between the flights to collect your luggage and re-check your bags. While connecting flights will transfer the luggage for you, purchasing two separate flights will not so you’d need to plan extra time in between for that. We don’t recommend booking that way, since it puts more on you as the traveler.

  32. Planning a trip to Rome and sorrento/Florence for first part of October. Noticed flt went up last 30days. What do you suggest?

    • Hi Lynne,

      For your flights, it would be best to purchase your flights as soon as possible or as soon as you can. I’d be sure to purchase by June at the latest, but it would be wise to book as soon as you can. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  33. Thanks a million for your information. It is very helpful. When can we expect your follow up article on foreign flights ?. I do a lot of international flights and get taken every time.
    Thanks again.

  34. Is there an option while searching a flight to punch in the 54 day mark to see the price of the flight then?

    • Hi Cristina,

      Unfortunately no. The 54 day rule does not apply to every flight for every route. It is meant as a guideline to follow when searching for domestic flights in the United States. A lot of factors can change when you should book, like your dates of travel, how many days you’re traveling for, and the routing. If you would like us to help you with a certain route and dates, we’d be happy to provide specific information.

  35. I’m going to Seattle to visit family in June, not sure how long I’m staying so I figured I’d get a one way ticket cause unsure when I’d be leaving as I’m also going to visit a friend, good or bad idea?

    • Hi Sharon,

      That can depend on where you are departing from. Typically it is best to purchase a round-trip ticket since they can be cheaper than two separate one-way flights, but not always. I’d recommend if you are unsure of your return to just purchase a one-way flight for now, since if you do purchase a round-trip flight and have to change the return date there will be airline fees to pay in order to make those changes.

  36. How soon would the information on international flights be published?

  37. I Will fly from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale in middle of October 2014 .
    Is it better to buy round trip or only one way.
    I intend to return to Montreal in the middle of April 2015

    • Hi Gil,

      Since you’ll be staying for 6 months, you’ll need to purchase two separate one-way flights. Airfares have restrictions on how long you can stay, so you’ll need to book one-way flights. To view flights and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1er4KJc Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  38. I understand the best time to book and the formulas and data involved, but what about fares from Calendar Search that are the same for the whole month? When and how do they change? For example a Southwest calendar search for SDF-LAX for the month of July showed one way fares were $210 for most of the month. Now the fares are $297 for any day of the month. How can these prices change for an entire month by $87 one-way in just a few days?

    • Hi Reagan,

      Airfares fluctuate often. In fact, you can read more about airfares and how they fluctuate here: http://bit.ly/1fXXljh Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  39. Ok, thanks for the advise on domestic flights, how about international flights?

  40. I plan to travel from Los Angeles, Ca to Houston, Tx in July. I need to arrive before July 12 preferably into William Hobby airport. What would be the best time to depart and return for the best ticket price for 2 adults?

    • Hi Marie,

      For your flights, I would suggest you book now or sometime very soon. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1gxz8gD Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  41. I am planning a europe trip 6/19 – 7/4 via multiple city booking. 6/19 SAN to LHR and CDG to SAN, found nothing under $1500. Been searching since late March. Open for any suggestion.

    • Hi Europe,

      For flights to Europe this Summer, you’ll need to have purchased early on back in January or earlier. You can read more tips on buying cheap summer flights to Europe here: http://bit.ly/1iTSDTN At this time, since you’re looking to fly in June/July, you should book now or as soon as you can to avoid paying a higher fare. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  42. I am planing a trip to fly to Miami from Seattle departing 9/21/14 Returning 9/28/14. When should I book? I can fly into fort Lauderdale and can can change return date to 9/28 if necessary.

    • Hi Britney,

      Currently, fares for your dates are starting at around $375 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. You still have some time to continue to monitor the fares more, but that price is a pretty cheap rate for that route, so I’d suggest if you can buy now, do it. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1eGyRHx Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  43. So how do you find those ridiculously low fares that do happen from time to time under $50 that offer frequent flier miles? You hear about the online mistakes airlines make after the fact. What alerts can you set up to catch the freebies?

    • Ms.C,

      Unfortunately those mistakes are not intentional so there’s no way to plan for them. It’s completely random, which is why we always tell everyone when searching for flights if you see a flight at a price that you like, then you should buy it right away since its not likely you’ll see it again.

  44. Good morning CheapAir team,
    Seeking travel advise regarding trip to Anchorage, Alaska.
    I’ll fly 1-way from Norfolk, Va., around June 7th.
    Once in Anchorage, bring my 3 grand-
    daughters (ages; 11, 9, 4) back with me around June 9th thru August 5th.
    I’ll book a 1-way back to Norfolk.
    Any valuable you can share is appreciated.

    • Hi Brenda,

      For your flights in June, you’ll want to purchase now or as soon as you can. We’re less than two months out from your dates so fares will only get more expensive, so I’d suggest to book once you can. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  45. I am going to plan an anniversary trip for my husband & me next year to Hawaii. Have no plans yet at all, is it best to book my airfare first at the cheapest rate I can find? We can go anytime, we aren’t picky. Do you have any thoughts as to what time of year traveling to Hawaii is the cheapest?

    • Hi Erin,

      Generally speaking, a great time to visit Hawaii is during the off season, which are during the winter months. Usually early in the beginning of the year till about March is also a great time to go for cheap. Since you are very flexible with your travel dates, you can use our MapSearch, which upon entering your home city you’ll be shown a map of destinations with airfares. If you hover over Hawaii, you’ll be able to click a destination and view a calendar of the cheapest dates for that destination from your home city. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  46. Hello!
    Thanks for the great advice on when to purchase tickets. I will be traveling from Green Bay, WI to Orlando, FL in mid October. When would be the best time to book a ticket?
    Thanks!

    • Hi K,

      That can depend on your exact dates. Since Green Bay doesn’t have a lot of flight options, you’ll probably want to purchase sooner than the recommended 54 days. If you are traveling mid-week then you can wait it out more, but if you’re traveling on the weekends or leaving on a Friday and returning a Sunday, then you’ll want to book sooner than later. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1gxSqFU Please let us know if you have any questions.

  47. I’m going to buy 6 tickets for a flight from Bozeman, MT to Philadelphia. Checking recently, I’ve noticed the prices are considerably higher than they were last year. What do you suggest I do?

    • Hi Murray,

      Knowing when to buy can greatly depend on your travel dates. With that said, since you’re looking for 6 tickets, you should book sooner than later since you need more seats. A good tip would be to try splitting your search and look for 2 or 3 seats at a time. The reason is that airline only have a limited number of the cheapest flight available and once those sell out, then the next lowest become available. If you’re searching for 6 at a time, then you’re telling the airline you need 6 seats at the same price and if there are only 2 seats at the lowest price, those won’t come up since you are searching for 6. Definitely let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  48. Heading from PDX going to KOA June 19th and returning June 26th. We have been getting flight alerts every morning for the past month and the prices have never changed up or down more than $5.00, right now they are $819, which is a crazy price for what they say is low season in Hawaii. When do you feel will be the best time to book this flight?

    • Hi Pwtrouble,

      For your flights to Kona, Hawaii in June you should book as soon as possible. We’re about two months out from your departure, so I wouldn’t put your purchase off too much longer. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/Q7XAia Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  49. Trying to get tickets from Detroit to Orlando August 23-30,2014. So far the cheapest I found was going out of flint Michigan on Southwest Airlines on a group rate of 277.00 per person since there will be 23 of us traveling together. Should I wait to see if we can find lower price or is this a good deal since we need so many tickets and we will be coming back on the Saturday which is Labor Day weekend.

    • Hi Roz,

      For 23 travelers, a group rate is exactly what you’ll need. That rate of $277 per person is actually a good rate for those dates. Plus with Southwest, you won’t have to worry about baggage fees, which can really save money with that many travelers. I’d recommend to buy that group rate.

  50. I tend to travel during the March break and have found it’s best to purchase a ticket as soon as the airline posts the price. Prices tend to increase throughout the year so it’s not worth waiting to try to get a deal. It rarely happens and it’s not worth missing a ticket because the plan fills up quickly.

  51. This is really very valuable article, thank you so much.
    May you help me to get the lowest one way ticket from MIA to LAS or LAX on 26th or 27th August 2014.
    I saw once the price $ 141 all inclusive without baggage fee (MIA to LAX on 26th August 2014), but unfortunately I had no luck to purchase, I believe reference to your article I should wait and I’ll get lucky, shouldn’t I
    Thanks again

    • Hi Aiman,

      In checking the fares, it looks like the cheapest option is MIA to LAS on August 26 or 27, with fares starting at around $174 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. I would recommend to continue to monitor the fares since we’re still 4 months out from your departure, but don’t wait too long to book. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1eurHLC Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

      • thanks a lot for your advise, just one more query, refernce to booking history what is the lowest price ever (MIA to LAS) and (MIA to LAX) just an info. would really help me to book the right flight when i see :)
        again tx 4 ur valuable assisstance

        • Hi Aiman,

          From Miami to Los Angeles, the lowest is around $175 and from Miami to Las Vegas, the lowest is around $160… not including any baggage fees that may apply.

  52. Hi, I’m looking for a flight from SFO to JFK during the evening of June 30, 2014 and a returning flight also in the evening of July 28. When would be a good time to book the flight?

    Thanks again.

    • Hi Grace,

      Currently, the cheapest flights from San Francisco to New York City for your dates are starting at around $488 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. If you’re open to Oakland or other airports like Laguardia or Newark, then fares are starting from $404 per person. Since your flight departs at the end of June, you’ll want to book sooner than later to avoid the fares from increasing. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1tiGTzP Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  53. Looking to book a flight from SFO/Oakland to Anchorage on July 20 and coming back on August 6. Any suggestions on which Airline and when to book?

    • Hi Joe,

      Currently flights from San Francisco to Anchorage for your dates are starting at around $589 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. In checking flights, it looks like mixing your outbound and return flights is the cheapest option. For flights in July, you will have some time to keep monitoring the fares more, but I’d be sure to purchase no later than mid-May to be safe. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1jrW2GV Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  54. Looking for 4 tickets EWR to BOM leaving 6/22/14 and returning 7/14/14 +/-day. What is the best fare that i can look for and when should I book?
    Thank You,
    Nim

    • Hi Nim,

      Currently, the cheapest fares from Newark to Mumbai for your dates are starting at around $1521 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. I’d suggest to purchase your flights sooner than later to avoid the fares from increasing more. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/RJ4bRa Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  55. Should I book now or wait a few more weeks for 2-oneway tickets from Sacramento to Raleigh, North Carolina June 10th? Is it cheaper to buy multi city? Looking @ Sac to Raleigh driving to Orlando fly back to Sacramento around June 23 (dates are flexible coming home). Any suggestions?

    • Hi Kathy,

      For your flights in June, I’d suggest purchasing them sooner than later. We’re about 2 months out from your departure so now is the time to buy. I’d suggest booking separate one-way flights. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  56. Hi, I spent months tracking the Minneapolis to Oslo route for June 18th with a return from Oslo on July 2nd. The best I was able to do at about 3 months out was $1246 on American, with pretty good minimal connections. Do you think that I could have done better? I was only seeing fares go in one direction–i.e., UPWARD.

    • Hi Richelle,

      Typically the cheapest flights are the less desirable ones with longer layovers and more connections. With that said, the cheapest flights right now are starting at around $1205 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. That’s with United. Flights at this price do have multiple connections though. American Airlines flights are starting at around $1688 per person, not including any baggage fees… so without knowing the exact itinerary you booked, I’d say that you got a pretty good fare, especially if there’s minimal connections.

  57. Hi,

    I am looking to book a RT from JFL to MSP for dep on 5/22 and return 5/26. I was tracking fares and noticed they were going down tue-thurs but this week they didn’t change. Even the flights later in June. Do they sometimes not lower fares some weeks? It’s up over $500 now. Would these go down or am I stuck at this point?

    • Hi Todd,

      Currently, fares from JFK to MSP are starting at around $469 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Since you’re looking to travel in about a month, you should book as soon as possible. The prices will increase the closer it gets to your departure date, so don’t put off the purchase too much longer. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1nKtWut (Be sure to filter the airports so you get JFK.) Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

      • I am looking at specific flights. The one departing at around noon and the return departing around 5:30. This is already over $500. That seems way over done for that kind of flight. I am wondering why they never dropped rates for that route this entire week. Is there a reason since each week I’ve seen prices come down midweek and even a price of $338 for two weeks in advance. Thanks for your response.

        • Hi Todd,

          Since you are looking for specific flights its not likely the pricing will drop down. If anything, being that we’re a month away, the prices will only continue to increase. The flights you like are probably at the most desirable flight times which means that more people want them then the less desirable flights. I’d advise to buy as soon as you can.

  58. i’m 68-male looking for round trip tic from pitt,pa, or cak,oh or clev,oh( they are all close to me) to ont,ca june 11or 12 anytime of day or night. return 16or 17 june anytime , dayor night. i use library pc ,any help!

    • Hi Jim,

      Fares from Cleveland on June 11 – 17 to Ontario, California are the cheapest starting at around $460 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1iSSL76 Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights. Additionally, you can call us at 1-800-243-2724 to speak with a Travel Advisor who can assist you as well.

  59. I’m looking for airfare to Maui from LAX from 6/27-7/6 over the July 4th holiday for my family of four. I’ve been scanning fares for months but they have consistently been in the $800-1,000 range. I’d prefer to fly non-stop and there are currently only 4 seats left on they last flight for that window. I’m trying to be patient and see if fares go down and/or flights are added. There was one day in early April the fares were $670 and I should have snatched them! I thought I could do better but to be fair the last 15 times I went to Maui I got low fares but could plan low season. Now I have two small children and have to go on vacation when school is out so I’m realizing its a very different (and expensive) market…

    • Hi Amir,

      Sadly that is true. Maui in the summer months is one of the more expensive times of year. For your flights to Maui in June – July, you’ll want to book as soon as possible. Especially when traveling during or near the peak July 4th holiday weekend. That’s always going to be a more expensive time to travel since most people are off those days. Currently, fares are starting at around $856 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1nXa07R Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  60. We are planning a trip from Denver to Orlando around the third week of July. In the past several days we have seen the fares fluctuate between $370 – $500. Today, the prices are the lowest we have seen so far so I am tempted to book the trip now, but if I follow the 54 day rule, I would wait until towards the end of May to purchase. Can you tell me if $370 is a good price for this trip at this time or should I wait a bit longer?

    • Hi Connie,

      Based on what you’re seeing, I would recommend to purchase now. $370 is close the lowest prices for that route which start at around $325. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1jekgIt Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  61. You lost out because you refused to accept my birth date – in proper format, 4 times. Boo to you

    • Hi Richard,

      I’m sorry to hear that. You are the first person to mention this issue. I have escalated this issue to our development team to investigate the error. If you need assistance with finding flights still, I’d recommend calling us at 1-800-243-2724 to speak with a Travel Advisor who can assist you.

  62. So glad you are responding to comments! :D

    I’m looking to book a roundtrip flight to PHX from SBP (a small airport in CA, smaller than Santa Barbara I think), in the height of summer, around August 3rd. I’m wondering which average I should go with, because even though Phoenix is a popular place, something tells me it might be a little less popular the month when it’s a minimum of 100F out? Or does that not matter? Would welcome your advice!

    • Hi Angela,

      For your flights to San Luis Obispo in August, I’d recommend purchasing sooner than later since it is a smaller airport with less flight options available. Most flights have a stop in LAX, but there are some non-stop options and depending on if you want a specific flight or flight times you’ll definitely want to book now vs later. You can use this link to view flight schedules and book: http://bit.ly/1n6cund Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  63. Okay, thanks so much!

  64. I sent in a comment about 9 of us going to Erie, PA from Fargo, Nd we are looking for July 16 – 22. these dates are not set in stone. When will I find the cheapest airfare?

    • Hi Wendy,

      Currently, fares from Fargo to Erie are cheapest from July 15 – 21. Fares are starting from $388 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Since you are looking for 9 tickets, you’ll want to book now or as soon as you can since you’re looking for a lot of seats. You can only search for a maximum of 9 seats per reservation, although I would suggest breaking your search into smaller groups of 2 or 3. The reason being is that airfares are sold in blocks based on a class of service with the cheapest being shown when searching. If there are only 4 seats left at the lowest class of service and you are searching for 9, then the next available lowest fare with 9 seats available would show up in the search, not those 4 cheaper seats. Due to this, it would best to break up your search to try to get the cheapest seats you can. Definitely let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  65. We are planning a trip for Christmas 12/21-12/28, when’s the best time to purchase tickets from San Diego to Maui? Will prices vary from what we are seeing now, of course we realize the holiday is one of the busy seasons.

    • Hi Terry,

      For your flights in December, you’ll want to book earlier than usual due to the peak holiday travel during the that time. Currently, fares from San Diego to Maui for those dates are starting at around $1230 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1nZAjgu I’d recommend to buy as soon as possible once you’ve found the flights you like. Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  66. We are going to st thomas leaving on June 28 to July 5 should my husband and I buy now or wait a week

  67. We are flying out of dayton Ohio or Indianapolis

    • Hi Marsha,

      Currently, flights from Indianapolis to St. Thomas are cheaper with fares starting from $704 per person, not including any baggage fees. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1njfWIA (If you are able to depart June 29 – July 4, then fares are starting as low as $560 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Since you are looking to travel during the peak July 4th holiday weekend, you’ll want to book as soon as possible. It’s always a good idea when booking flights around or during the holidays to book earlier than usual. Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  68. Hi guys,

    I am traveling from SJU (San Juan, Puerto Rico) to LAX ( Los Angeles, California) on July 8, 2014. Today is day #54 (for domestic flights) before the flight and the cheapest tickets are around $726. Did I made a bad calculation? Or when are they supposed to go down so I can book the flight?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Muela,

      Is this only a one-way trip? For your flights from San Juan to Los Angeles, I would advise to purchase the flights now. Since the summer is a popular time to travel in the U.S., fares a usually higher than normal and should be booked a littler earlier than normal. The 54 days is a general recommendation for booking domestic flights in the U.S. I would suggest to buy your flights now or as soon as possible to avoid the fares from increasing any more. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  69. HI guys,
    My family is planning a trip to Philadelphia. We live in Orlando. We plan on going August 8- August 16. We’re a big family, 7 people to be exact. When is the best time to book our flight. I Started looking already and the price is around $300 per person, are the price going to drop?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Medijina,

      Since you are looking for 7 seats, you’ll want to book sooner than later. Currently airfares from Orlando to Philadelphia for your dates are starting at around $308 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Since you are looking for 7 seats, its possible that you can save some money by splitting your search into smaller groups… like 2 seats or 3 seats at a time. The reason is because airfares are sold in blocks based on a class of service with the cheapest being shown when searching. If there are only 4 seats left at the lowest class of service and you are searching for 7, then the next available lowest fare with 7 seats available would show up in the search, not those 4 cheaper seats. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1j3lczw Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  70. I’m planning to visit an ailing relative in Cincinnati during the first week of June.
    I’m hoping to fly out of Washington DC (DCA) on the morning of Monday, June 2nd, and return on the morning of Thursday, June 5th. Is it cheaper to fly to Dayton than CVG? Also, I’ll need to rent a car. Is that also less expensive in Dayton? Thanks in advance for your advice!

    • Hi Bari,

      In checking the fares, it appears that Dayton would be the cheaper city with fares for those dates starting at around $232 per person, not including any baggage fee that may apply. Flights to Cincinnati are starting at around $100+ more. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/RPNUt7 Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  71. My friend and I are planning to go to Vegas August 7 – 10. We live in Chicago so therefore we have two different airports to chose to fly out from. Is one airport cheaper than the other? And going by the research, should we wait until June to book our flights?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Amanda,

      O’hare airport will be a little cheaper than Midway for your dates. Currently, fares from Chicago to Las Vegas for your dates are starting at around $400 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. I’d recommend to continue to monitor the fares more and book your flights within the few weeks. I’d be sure to have your flights booked by early June. Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  72. We want to fly from IAH to FLL round trip departing Fri Nov 7 and returning Sun Nov 16. We need a direct flight at the following times. United has an IAH departure at 10:30am with a return from FLL at 3:00pm. their price is $508 per person. Unfortunately our departure times are limited to what I wrote. Should I wait a while? Do you think the price will drop that much?

    • Hi Aunes,

      Since you are limited with your flight options due to times and dates, I would advise not to wait it out. I’d actually suggest to book sooner than later since you’re looking for specific flights. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1oFWlmw Please let us know if you need any help with booking your flights.

  73. I’m flying to Sydney from SFO with my wife and baby on Oct 6th – 18th. What time is best to book these tickets in advance? We’d have to buy them with our credit card and I’d like to minimize monthly charges but also make sure we can get affordable tickets and reasonable seating for an 8 month old. Also are there any particular options for infants we should be aware of?

    We appreciate your help!

    • Hi Raphael,

      For your flights to Sydney in October, you’ll want to book sooner than later. I’d suggest booking sometime within the month. Since you are traveling with an 8 month old, you’ll want to purchase a separate seat (since its a long flight). Infants traveling internationally pay 10% of the base fare of an adult ticket plus any applicable taxes and fees. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1kIa3ot Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  74. We are planning to fly from Wichita to Lax on July 29 till 13 August when should we buy our tickets and what should we expect the best price would be for those dates.

    • Hi Shu,

      Currently, fares from Wichita to LAX for your dates are starting at around $332 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. That’s actually close to the lowest fares for that route, so I would recommend to book now or sooner than later. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1pg06Sj Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  75. I’m looking to book round trip tickets for my daughter and me to travel to Melbourne Australia in October 2015. My daughter will stay two weeks and I will stay 3 to 4 depending on the best pricing available. We are flexible for travel dates and times. Flying out of DEN. Any suggestions would be appreciated. And my gf in Australia wants to fly back with me for a holiday thru November and flex on return trip. She wanted to spend thanksgiving in the States. What would you suggest for us?
    Everything I’m finding is cheapest per+ luggage. Thanks

    • Hi Trish,

      Unfortunately airlines only release flight schedules 330 days out from the current date, so we are unable to check fares for October 2015 yet. Currently fares for October 2014 are pricing out at around $2100 per person, but fares for that route can go as low as $1450 per person. I’d recommend checking the fares early in 2015 and booking when you find the flights you like at the price you like. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  76. Do you consider Canada an International Flight? It doesn’t appear on your International “map”…when is the best time to purchase a flight to Montreal? And, does it make a difference if it is open-jaw returning from New York?

    • Hi Carol,

      No. Flights from the U.S. to Canada follow our U.S. domestic guidelines of 54 days. Without knowing where you are departing from, we are unable to tell you when the best time to buy would be. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  77. i need a cheap flight to San Francisco from Nashville on 10th June

    • Hi Lucius,

      Currently, one-way flights from Nashville to San Francisco on June 10th are starting at around $178 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1he38UT Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  78. looking for the cheapest flights (best time to buy) 2 round trip from DC/Baltimore Area to Cancun Mexico 7/12-7/19, help?

    • Hi Karla,

      Currently, fares from the Washington DC area to Cancun for those dates are starting at around $456 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. That’s actually close to the lowest rates for that route, so I’d recommend to purchase your flights sooner than later. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1k4dGos Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  79. Hello,

    My friend is planing to come to NYC on July 26 (until Aug. 16) from Istanbul. Currently he can get a direct flight for about $1,050. Should he wait a bit more to book or this is the best he’ll probably find?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I’d recommend your friend book now or sooner than later since its not likely the fares will decrease from now till July. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  80. Hi, I’m looking for flights from MIA to NYC at the end of July. Right now I can book for around $282.00 RT. Is this a good price, or there is still chance to get something a bit cheaper?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Maryam,

      In checking the fares from Miami to NYC, $282 round-trip is actually close the lowest rate for that route. I’d recommend to book now or sooner than later. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1kOAzMP Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  81. I’m planning to go to TLV at November 22; when to buy tickets?.TNX

    • Hi Mario,

      Generally, it is best to book international flights at least 90 days prior to your departure. However that can greatly depend on where you are departing from. Without knowing where you are departing from it is difficult to tell you when to buy. I’d recommend to check the fares now to get a sense of the pricing. I’d suggest to continue to check the fares each week and buy when you find the flights you like at the price you like. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  82. Hello,
    Im planning on going to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Honolulu, Hawaii. Dates are from 7/8/14-7/27/14. Right now the cheapest I have seen are 1,000+ is that the cheapest that it would drop to? Some of my relatives say the prices can drop possibly to the 650-800 mark. Just wondering thanks

    • Hi Jeff,

      Currently fares from Honolulu to Milwaukee for those dates are starting at around $1070 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Unfortunately since you’re searching 6 weeks prior to your departure, fares are only going to get more expensive the more you wait. To get the cheapest fares, you would have needed to book about 10 – 12 weeks prior or more. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1n580eg Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  83. I have been watching the fares from Atlanta to Bangor Maine for three months. Today is one day shy of 5 weeks to the time of my flight. The first time 3 months ago it was $394 and in a week it dropped to $379 and then I waited and took all the professional advise, checked on the days they say is best but it kept going higher to finally yesterday 5 weeks from the flight it was going to cost over $800. At no time did it go back down until today it dropped to $719 for the flight I wanted but this was too late and still too much. I had used FF miles already to secure it because of the outrageous prices. Portland was higher.. I flew up last July for $395. So this proves that waiting does not always pay off and the certain days rule is a myth because it dropped today on a Friday not Tuesday or Wednesday. BUY EARLY SAVE BIG!

    • Hi Jerry,

      I’m sorry to hear that. Unfortunately since you’re looking to fly into a smaller airport (Bangor, Maine) which has less flight options, you would have wanted to book earlier than the general 54 days. We actually wrote a new article about these factors that travelers should take into account when deciding when to buy. You can view that article here: http://bit.ly/1hqSmG0 The 54 days is a general rule and by no means applies to every route for every date. For example, if you’re traveling during the peak holiday season, you should always book earlier than later. Hope this information helps with your future flight bookings. Definitely let us know if you ever need any assistance with finding flights or advice on when to buy.

  84. Hello, we’re planning a trip from LAS to SJD, July 27-Aug 3rd. Currently the lowest price we can fin is $530 pp round trip. Any advice?

    • Hi David,

      It looks like the rates from LAS to SJD for those dates are slightly lower today then they were for you yesterday. Are your dates of travel flexible at all? If you can shift your departure date in either direction by a few days, it does look like you can find some better rates. Sundays can be pretty pricey days to travel and it looks like for the week you are researching, you picked the most expensive dates by a mile. For example, if you move things to the 22nd, you save about $110 a ticket: http://bit.ly/1igF5zK.

      If you can’t move the dates at all, I think you’re probably better off purchasing sooner rather than later. I don’t think you are likely to see the rates to Cabo San Lucas dipping much lower than what you’re seeing for a weekend flight. I hope this helps. Please let us know if there is anything further we can do to assist.

  85. My husband and I plan to travel to Cape Cod the day after Labor Day from the Bay Area. We would like to fly out of SJC, but SFO seems to have the only non stop fights.

    And when should I book? Now or wait for the 54 day window?

    Thanks for you help.

    • Hi Deborah, I’d love to help. Can I get a bit more information from you? For example, can you tell me where you saw the nonstop flights? I don’t see any nonstop into HYA. Were you planning to fly to BOS? And it would help me advise you better if I knew your return dates (if you have them). Or are these one-way tickets? Thank you. Hope to hear from you soon.

  86. Hi. Any thoughts on booking flights from Lynchburg, va to Orlando Friday, sept 26 through Saturday, oct 4th? We are talking a Disney cruise and we are trying to book for 4 adults, 1 child and a baby. Any help on getting cheapest airfare would be great! Thank you.

    • Hi Lauren, I would love to help. I’m not sure if you are looking for a seat for your infant. Lap infants travel for free, but they should be under 2 years old if you want to exercise this option. Also, some folks prefer to buy a seat for their baby. If you go that route, you will have to purchase a full fare. Unfortunately, the airlines do not offer discounts for older children traveling domestically at all. The options that I’m sending you are for 5 adults. You’ll need to search for 6 tickets if you want your infant to have a seat of his or her own. It looks like there are flights available for about $286 at the moment. You can see the options for times and airlines here: http://bit.ly/1hK6Kye.

      Please let us know if we can answer any additional question or help with any other itineraries.

  87. Looking to travel 2adults n 2 kids roundtrip leaving harrisburg pa or Philadelphia on july 21 returning the following Monday. Please what should I do wait or book now?and what are the rates thanks

    • Hi Niasia. We’d love to help. Where are you planning to travel? and are either of your kids under two? If you are planning to travel with what the airlines call a “lap infant,” you will not need to purchase a seat for that child or children. Without knowing your destination I can’t be sure, but I would generalize and say that it is probably best to purchase tickets sooner rather than later. Let us know if we can help further.

  88. Hi there,

    I am planning to travel from BUD to New York for a week starting around Oct. 16th.
    Can you help me finding out what the best reservation time would be?
    (I searched your article on best booking times for international flights but couldn’t find it)
    Thanks a lot!!

  89. I’m trying to see when the best time to book a flight from FTL to HNL will be in June 2015. Obviously I can’t book now since it won’t let me get past May. I’ve read that you suggest 12-15 weeks out. When would be the best days to fly in or out and what days would be the best to actually book it? They’ve gone up so much in the past couple of years that I haven’t been able to go home! I’m hopefully trying to get something in the $600.00…….. seems impossible right now. Any information will be great! Thanks so much.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Unfortunately airlines only release flight schedules and pricing 330 days out from the current date, so you won’t be able to view pricing until August 2014. You mentioned flying from FTL which is Fortuna Ledge, Alaska and unfortunately commercial flights do fly from Fortuna Ledge. In order to fly commercially, you would need to travel to Bethel, Alaska first which will most likely connect you to Anchorage. If you can get to Anchorage that would be your best option for flights. Flights from Anchorage can go as low as under $600 if you book well in advance. Since Anchorage is a less popular airport, it would best to book further in advance like 5 months out or more. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  90. I heard that sometimes you can catch flights last-minute at a good price. I’m from Seattle (SEA) trying to get to San Francisco (SFO) for July 19th and 20th (although I can stay the day before and/or after if it will improve prices)–is there an ideal window of time between now and then when I should be looking for flights, or should I just book now? Thank you!

  91. Hi, I’m trying to book a multi-city flight and would like to know if the prices may get lower than what I’m seeing now. My dates are not flexible and I’m looking to travel on non-stop flights only. So far I’ve been seeing prices hover around the $590-700. Should I book now or wait? Thanks
    8/8/2014 From JFK to LAX
    8/17/2014 From SFO to JFK

    • Hi Samy, This isn’t going to be exactly what you want to hear I’m afraid but I hope it helps demystify the process a bit for you. The more restrictions you put on your travel plans (i.e. not flexible dates, nonstop flights only, specific airports), the less likely you will be able to find the cheapest ticket. If you can fly from/to another gateway in the NYC area, you may find cheaper fares. Similarly, sometimes flying out of Oakland rather than SFO can get you a cheaper ticket. With your very specific parameters, I am seeing flights for less than $500 total. Are you booking more than one ticket?

  92. Hi! Sorry to double post, but I noticed you skipped me…

    I heard that sometimes you can catch flights last-minute at a good price. I’m from Seattle (SEA) trying to get to San Francisco (SFO) for July 19th and 20th (although I can stay the day before and/or after if it will improve prices)–is there an ideal window of time between now and then when I should be looking for flights, or should I just book now? Thank you!

    • Hi Tammy. So sorry. I thought I responded to your earlier message. You should definitely book now. We are just a few weeks away from travel. The good news is that the fares are pretty reasonable. They are not likely to drop. This close to travel, the prices will only go up. Typically, returning on a Sunday will be more expensive and this is the case for your dates (though it is only slightly less expensive to fly back on Monday). If you follow this link you can plug in the different date combinations: http://bit.ly/1wb2UkL. Flying on Friday is not more economical for your itinerary. Also, if you book with CheapAir, we have the “Price Drop Payback” feature. Should you find the price of your tickets drops post purchase, we will refund you the change in price up to $100 per ticket. Hope this helps!

  93. This is my first time attempting to shop for tickets on line. Therefore, if we travel round trip from Cedar Rapids, IA to Phoenix, AZ with departure on or around March 10, 2015 and return on or around March 26, 2015, what are our best choices for reasonable flights. Keep in mind that we would rather not fly into or out of Chicago.

    • Hi Ray, you’ve started the planning process early enough to give yourself some wiggle room. To be honest, if you were to book now, I’m not sure you would be getting the best deal. Having said that, Phoenix in Spring is golf season so it’s probably a good idea to at least keep your eye on the prices (maybe set up a fare watch with airfare watchdog, for example. Because you are shopping early, you hopefully have some flexibility on dates (often shifting your outbound or return flight by just a day in either direction can save some money. I would keep an eye on flights for a couple of months with the plan to book in September. Then, as you’re watching, if the prices start to rise before that I would book.

  94. Hi! We will be traveling from Phoenix to New Orleans for a cruise departing November 30th. We are flexible with Th, F, Sat. departure days and returning December 7th or 8th. When do you suggest we book since it is a holiday weekend and/or what is the average for this time of year to this destination? Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you!

    • Hi there! Book sooner rather than later. That is the best advice for the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s pretty much one of those “all bets are off” times to book. People generally aren’t booking their holiday flights now, but you are not going to ever find better fares for Thanksgiving than in the summer (when the airlines have the most inventory and people are focused on their summer holidays.) Right now you can get the best price (around $325) if you book flights on either Thanksgiving or the day after. Flying ON a holiday is actually a pretty solid move if you can do it – usually will get you the best prices and you’ll find the airports much less busy. But at the moment, the 28th is also getting you the same rate (if you return on either the 7th or the 8th). Here’s a link so you can play around with the dates: http://bit.ly/1sFfdYa. Also keep in mind if you book with CheapAir, we have the “Price Drop Payback” feature. Should you find the price of your tickets drops post purchase, we will refund you the change in price up to $100 per ticket. Hope this helps!

  95. We are looking to fly from Austin to Orlando 12/18 for a family if 6 Prices have jumped up recently should we go ahead and buy or wait? Return date is 12/26.

    • Hi, You should really look at buying your tickets sooner rather than later. This is a very expensive time of year to travel and the airlines are only selling a limited number of tickets in each class of service. It may make sense for you to try and book your tickets individually OR test out buying them in blocks. Because the airlines do sell a limited number of tickets, it might be there are a few seats left at that price you were seeing – just not six. Most people are not thinking of holiday travel in the summer, so the best prices are happening now. And because you have a large number to buy, do it before the deals are gone. You can see our best prices if you follow this link: http://bit.ly/1nVIsOp.

  96. Hello, I am trying to fly to Pittsburgh from Seattle sometime between the dates of July 12th to the end of the month. Would like at least 2 weeks from departure to return. For example July 14th – July 29th. I am finding tickets for $560 – 650. Was wondering if you could find any other cheaper tickets for this scenario.

    • Hi Russell, You’re really too close to travel to be looking for “deals,” unfortunately. I’m not seeing anything cheaper. I’d snap up the $560 now. if we get any closer to travel dates, you’re going to see prices closer to $800 or even $900. I’m not seeing anything on our site for less than $640. If you’re seeing $560 somewhere you should snap it up! Of course, if you book with us, we do have the “Price Drop Payback” feature (in the unlikely event that the prices drop in your situation). Should you find the price of your tickets drops post purchase, we will refund you the change in price up to $100 per ticket. Hope this helps!

  97. Looking at flights round trip from LAX to Maui (OGG) around October 17 for 5 nights (and 5 tickets!). Cheapest listed now is $575. We’ve never been to HI before, so we have no idea if this is a good price or not. Should we wait until we get closer to the “magic 54″ day out or is this a good price that probably won’t go down much more and we should jump on it? Thanks.

    • Hi Adan,

      For your flights from LAX to Maui in October, $575 is actually a pretty good rate. October is considered the low season for Maui, so the costs are cheaper than during other times throughout the year. Since you’re looking for 5 seats, I would recommend to purchase your flights sooner than later. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1pFBJ1U Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  98. Hi. I’m trying to find a round trip flight out of EWR to PBI, but can’t seem to have much luck. Either the fares are very high (in my opinion) or I am given flights out of LaGuardia and into Fort Lauderdale instead for about $278. The date of departure is Thurs. November 6 and the return is Sun. November 9. These have to be the dates. I’m surprised that there aren’t more options leaving out of Newark. Will there be more flights added in the near future or will I have to travel to NY to get a decent fare? Please advise. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Ava,

      Our website will search any nearby airports and include the results since sometimes neighboring airports are cheaper. In checking the fares from Newark to West Palm Beach for your dates, it appears the fares are starting at around $474 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. If you can depart from Laguardia and return to Kennedy, then fares are starting at around $318. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1xcrpOX I’d suggest to book your flights sooner than later if you’re not flexible with your airports. Otherwise, if you are flexible with the airports you can wait it out more. I’d be sure to book no later than 60 days prior to your departure though. Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  99. I am trying to have one way ticket from LAX to JFK on 6th September, now the non-stop starts at 199 $
    should I wait? and what is the lowest fare for this flight?
    Thanks for your continues support

    • Hi Aiman,

      The cheapest flights for a one way from Los Angeles to JFK airport in New York City on September 6 starts at around $209 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1nbeI3R Keep in mind that our website will search for the lowest airfares for any neighboring airports as well, so you’ll want to filter the results to only include JFK airport. Otherwise, if you’re open to any NYC airport, then fares are as low as $175 per person, which is around the lowest price for this route. Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  100. WE ARE GOING ON A HONEYMOON ON OCTOBER 19TH, 2014 FIRST TO JOHN WAYNE IN SO. CAL..THEN NEXT DAY GOING TO PHOENIX FOR 5 DAYS THEN BACK TO CHICAGO .. SHOULD WE DO THIS AS ONE WAY TICKETS TO ALL DESTINATIONS OR GO THRU A AGENCY?

    • Hi Robert,

      You can book it as a multi-leg trip on our website: www.cheapair.com or you can call us at 1-800-234-2724 to speak with a Travel Advisor who would be happy to assist you. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  101. My wedding is out in California, and most of my family will be traveling from NYC on the same days (for example, All leaving on Wednesday and returning on Sunday). We are trying to be as smart/cautious as possible, while keeping as close to the “7 weeks out” guidelines. I believe that airlines often put a set amount of available seats out for a certain price, and when that number is reached/booked, they bump it up to the next price point. Because there will be a number of us booking around the same time, will we run into a situation where we are almost battling each other for the seat prices? (for example, trying to get on the same flight, Uncle Bill books the Wednesday flight today at 8am, but Aunt Bertha books the same flight at 10am and had to pay a higher price) Would calling a specific airline and explaining this scenario help to avoid this in any way? Thanks for your guidance

    • Hi Nick,

      You’re absolutely correct about all that. Based on how many people are traveling, you’ll want to contact an airline to get a group rate. A group rate applies to 10 or more passengers traveling on the same exact flight. The airlines will usually give you a group rate which is the same amount for each person in your group. Since you’ll be departing NYC, I’d recommend trying American, United, and Delta airlines. Please let us know if you have any questions.

  102. My sister and I are planning a trip to New Orleans from Central FL. I found the best rates out of Tampa. Because neither of us want to leave real early in the morning or arrive late at night, I found a fare for $297 each which I thought was a good rate. I’m going to use your advise and keep checking rates. I don’t fly a lot so I’m not sure if this will drop much more. I have 114 days out and would like to book now. She wants to wait. Appreciate any advice.

    • Hi Sharon,

      Based on what you’re finding, I would suggest booking sooner than later. Since you’re looking for specific flight times, that limits your options which means you should book earlier than normal. Whenever you are more specific with your flights the sooner you should book. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1qcTLJ7 Keep in mind that whenever you book flights on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  103. I’m planning a trip from Thursday 10/30 to sunday 11/2 to Memphis from NYC. Would it benefit me to book within the optimum booking window? I’ve never been to Memphis but from what I’ve heard it’s a pretty big airport. I can’t imagine that weekend being a peak travelling weekend

    • Hi David,

      Based on your routing and dates, I’d suggest booking sooner then later. Since you’re traveling on a weekend, it is more popular than traveling mid-week and we’re approaching 2 months prior to your departure in August, so it would be a good idea to buy now or as soon as you can. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/WnqLRN Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  104. I also hear it’s best to book on Tuesday….so my next question is….I’m booking a flight for August 17. From today, that’s right at the 29 day window point tomorrow…..is it worth it to wait til Tuesday(supposedly the best day to buy) but now falls in the “less than 29 days” window (will be 26 days out). In other words….which carries more financial benefit….waiting til Tuesday or staying outside of 29 days

    • Hi Graham,

      When you’re booking so close to the departure, the Tuesday rule goes out the window. I’d absolutely recommend booking now versus waiting till Tuesday. It’s not very likely the fares will drop any from now onward. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  105. We are looking 4 tickets from SAN to MSP from Sept 20th to 27th around $358.00. Should I book now or wait? I also found leaving from Jonhwayne/SNA to MSP for $286. Do you think the fare will be lower since we are travel during the low season? Thank you so much.

    • Hi Jasmine,

      I’d recommend purchasing your flights sooner than later, especially if you’re looking for non-stop flights. I don’t believe the fares will drop by much (if any) from now till then, so I’d recommend buying them soon. If you’re open to SNA (John Wayne Airport), then you might want to consider LAX which is probably the best option if you’re open to it. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1nOguDE Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  106. Hello. I am looking to book a flight next June for a group of up to 8 people from the New York area (JFK, Laguardia, Newark) to Las Vegas. Obviously we starting looking at prices now because we want to plan as early as possible, but flights are consistently near or over $500. I know it is still extremely far in advance, but do you have an idea of when the best time to book a flight like this would be and what you think an average ticket would cost?

    • Hi Jeff,

      Since you’re booking for a large group of 8, you’ll want to book earlier than usual. With that said, the cheapest fares for that route start at around $400, so I’d aim for as close to that as you can get. Keep in mind that the summer time is a peak travel season, so fares will be a little higher in price naturally. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1n6dV4t Keep in mind that when you buy your ticket from CheapAir, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you the difference in the form of a travel credit, up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  107. Hello there,
    My husband and I would like to go to St Thomas around early march 2015. We are traveling from Alaska any advice for which city or airlines might be the least expensive? Many thanks, J

    • Hi JSea,

      Since you’re traveling to/from smaller airport with less flight options, it would be wise to book earlier than usual. With that said, Anchorage will be your best airport out of Alaska. Depending on your exact dates of travel can greatly impact the pricing and airlines that are cheapest, but the airlines that would serve that route are American, Delta, Alaska Air, and US Airways. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  108. I’m traveling from CLT to JFK Christmas day and returning on New Year’s Eve. I’ve been watching the fares and it recently went up from $208 to $214. Only a few seats have been booked so far and I noticed 2-3 months from now fares are at $189 for flights Thursday to Wednesday. With it being a holiday I wasn’t sure if we should buy now or wait a couple of months and monitor the prices then buy when it drops.

    • Hi Maria,

      since you’re looking to fly during the peak holiday season, you’ll want to book earlier than normal. I’d suggest booking now or as soon as possible since the fares are likely to only continue to increase. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1rMxv6b Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  109. I’m trying to find a good fare from pwm to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for oct 4 to oct 10 without having an overnight return flight. I missed an opportunity a few months back and now what i see is outrageous. Does this flight usually stay high priced?
    Thanks

    • Hi Steve,

      Currently fares for your dates are starting at around $610 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. I’d definitely advise to book now or as soon as you can since you’re flying from smaller markets and fares tend to go higher since there are less flight options available. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1nO79l6 Keep in mind that when booking on CheapAir.com, you’re automatically enrolled in our Price Drop Payback program where if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  110. I am looking to travel Sept 23 – Sept 29 from NY (JFK, LGA or Islip) to Orlando with my family. We can only take direct flights because I have a special needs child . I have been watching air for about 2 months now and it is higher now but I am still more than 54 days out. What do you recommend?

    • Hi Ellen,

      The cheapest non-stop flights would be out of LaGuardia and returning back to Newark, with fares starting at around $279 per person. However, Jetblue also has a non-stop flight option that departs and returns from LaGuardia and starts at around $303. Plus Jetblue allows for 1 free checked bag per person where United charges $25. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1rwdRdD I’d recommend booking sooner than later since we’re about 2 months out from your departure. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  111. So what if you find out you have to travel somewhere at the last min? My friend is getting married in Las Vegas this weekend and tickets prices are crazy! Am I completely out of luck?

    • Hi Michelle,

      Leaving last minute will most likely be always expensive. That’s why we always recommend that you check airfares early and often when you can. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  112. Four of us are planning to go from PHX to OGG on May 9, ’15, OGG to LIH on May 16, ’15 and LIH to PHX on May 23, ’15. This past week saw a jump in prices by about $100–did we miss the low or should we keep monitoring them.

    • Hi Carol,

      Based on what you’re seeing, that kind of fluctuation is normal… especially this far out from your departure. I’d recommend to continue to monitor the fares more. If you’re looking at specific flight times, then I would advise to book earlier than later. Otherwise, if you’re flexible with your flight times, then I’d keep monitoring the fares till the January 2015. I’d also be prepared to purchase if you find the flights you like and you see the fares drop. Keep in mind that when booking on CheapAir.com, you’re automatically enrolled in our Price Drop Payback program where if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  113. hi im going to Houston sept 26-29 leaving from Reagan national or bwi whichever has more available option, right now the prices are about $303-$322.
    is this as good as it gets? Im looking to buy my tix on Wednesday 7/30/14.

    any particular time to buy tix like early morning or late at night? I’ve heard of deals being offered at the ungodliest of hours.

    Thanks guys at cheapair

    • Hi Ike,

      For that routing, fares can go as low as $230 per person, but that’s usually for mid-week flights. Since you’re traveling on a Friday to Monday, fares are naturally a little more expensive. Especially the more specific you are with your exact flight times. With that being said, I’d recommend buying your flights sooner than later if you can. Buying on Wednesday isn’t bad, but if you can do it earlier I would. Sometimes booking early on a Tuesday or Wednesday can get you cheaper fares since sometimes airlines will release fare sales late Monday into early Tuesday. Not always, but sometimes you can get lucky. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1rLtEZw Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  114. Hey, I was wondering acne my trip to vegas with 12 friends, should we book all together? Or separately? When would you suggest be the perfect time and is it true if I but tickets in the early morning I get better deals? We’re going November 13th to the 16th Oakland to Las Vegas.

    Thanks a bunch!

    • Hi Correna,

      With a large group of 12, I’d recommend booking as a group. Unfortunately you’d have to call the airlines directly to book a large group like that since you can only book up to 9 passengers in one reservation. I’d advise to check with Southwest Airlines Group Travel department which should be able to assist you in getting the same rate for everyone in your group.

  115. Our family is going to Scottsdale from Minneapolis over Christmas and I’m the only person who hasn’t booked yet. I’m looking to go from the 20th -1st and not sure if I should book today or wait a month or two.

    Any suggestions

    • Hi Tony,

      For holiday travel, its always a good idea to book earlier than later. The holiday season is a peak travel time and airfares will be high and only continue to get more expensive as we get closer to the season. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1k5PW5z Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  116. My family and I are traveling from Tampa to San Juan, PR on Easter Sunday 2015 and returning the following Sunday. Non-Stop flights on Jetblue are double the fare that week as compared to the following week. Is there a better time to book in this situation or should we just grab the tickets now because of the holiday?

    • Hi John,

      Due to the holiday, you’ll definitely want to book earlier than usual. I’d suggest to book them now if you can, since its not very likely that non-stop flights during the peak holiday time will decrease in cost. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1mZUbL6 Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  117. when is the best time to buy around trip ticket from salt lake city to portland maine and back to salt lake city, a month or two months ahead? my plan for around trip is october 4 to 18. i’m on S.S.I. disability, HELP! ty

    • Hi Sherrie,

      Based on your airports, I’d suggest booking sooner than later. Unfortunately there not a ton of flight options which really limits the availability and drives up the cost. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1uEKI5y Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  118. I’m looking to find a flight from GPT to BWI on 28 Aug returning 31 Aug roundtrip and one oneway ticket back from BWI to GPT since I’ll be returning with my son. When is a good time to purchase this ticket?

    • Hi Crystal,

      You should book now or as soon as you possibly can. We’re less than one month out from your departure so fares will only continue to get more expensive. To view flight schedules and book the round trip flight, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1kmGbRa To view flights for the one-way return flight, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1rH61hd Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  119. Hello. My family of 6 are planning to fly from LAX to MVD December 23rd-January 6th. Those dates look like the cheapest during the Holiday. It’s also during peak season for Uruguay. When would be the best time to purchase the tickets? Right now the airlines say only 7 seats left at certain prices.

    Thanks,
    Sherri

    • Hi Sherri,

      For your flights during the holiday season, you’ll want to book as soon as possible. The holiday season and New Years are a peak travel season, plus when you add that its peak season for Uruguay, that means you should buy as soon as you can. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1nWF9f2 Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  120. Hello guys from CheapAir, greetings from Ireland and may I congratulate you on a great web site. I shall be consulting this site for more tips for my trip to the States next summer.
    I would like to ask about booking flights to the USA from Northern Ireland and also internal flights too, plus any tips for the trip.
    Our plan (group of 5 adults) is to fly in June, from Belfast international, UK to our first stop in Nashville(connecting flight in New York) for a few days. Then drive or Greyhound to Memphis for a few days. From Memphis, we would fly to San Francisco for a few days. I realise we may have to get a connecting flight en route. We would like to stop of somewhere in Texas, or somewhere else that you recommend to catch a rodeo show. But we are not sure where the best place would be for that time of year?
    After a few days in San Francisco, it would then be off to Las Vegas for the final leg of our journey. Would it be easier/cheaper to drive from San Fran to Vegas? As we all could take a share of the driving. Or more cost effective to fly? After Vegas, it would be the trip home, connecting at Newark again.
    So guys, what’s the best way to do this? Book all flights with one carrier? I know United would do this and also American but they only fly from Dublin, Ireland ( not really a problem for us).
    Also, how far in advance to book the flights. Now or leave it later? The £~$ exchange is good for UK travellers at the minute.
    And finally, would it be cheaper to book the internal flights separately from the international flights and search for other smaller carriers that may be more competitive?
    I know, a lot of questions!! But would really appreciate your help guys and any other tips and info you can throw our way.
    Keep up the good work guys and best wishes.
    Regards,
    Stephen

    • Hi Stevie,

      That’s a great trip you have planned. To start, I’d definitely recommend booking your international flights and internal U.S. flights separately. You’d get a better deal that way. You’d have to book a multi-city flight for your international flights in order to arrive into Memphis and return from Las Vegas. With your flights from Memphis to San Francisco, in order to stop over for a rodeo, you’ll have to spend a night or two since its not possible to stop over and have enough time. You’ll want to book one way flights once you know where you’d like to go to view the rodeo. Unfortunately we do not know when and where the rodeos are, so you’d have to do some research on that one. For your San Francisco to Las Vegas portion, it would probably be best to fly versus drive since the drive can take you up to eight and a half hours or more and flights are only about an hour and pretty inexpensive when flying one-way.

      Since this trip can be pretty complex, I’d recommend calling us at 1-800-243-2724 to speak with a Travel Advisor who can assist you with flight options and pricing for your trip. They’ll be able to try different flight options to find you the best options.

      • Thank you guys , I will discuss your suggestions with my travel companions.
        Thank you so much.
        Stevie

  121. Hello,

    My fiance and I have gone to Disney World the week before Thanksgiving (Sunday-Saturday) every year since 2011… which means our trip this year is Nov 16-22. We already got a good deal for our flight down, but we’ve been watching for a flight back from Orlando (MCO) to Baltimore (BWI). As recent as last Tues 7/29, the highest rate for a flight home was $179… which still seemed high compaired to years past. Starting Wed 7/29, the flights have more than doubled in price and are staying constant through today at $300+. Do you anticipate that they will drop again since the hike for all returning flights jumped so dramatically?

    • Hi Lisa,

      In checking return flights from Orlando to Baltimore on November 22, 2014, we’re finding fares starting from $128 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. I’d recommend trying to be flexible with your flight times to get the cheapest fares, otherwise the more specific you are the less likely you are to get a cheaper rate. If you can, I’d recommend to book sooner than later while the fares are low since they will get more expensive later on as we get closer to your departure date. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1s5L7IY Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  122. When do you guys suggest buying tix for seattle to Barcelona for May trip?

    • Hi Tom,

      For your international flight to Barcelona in May 2015, I’d recommend booking at least 4 months prior to your departure. That would mean purchasing sometime around the new year, but I’d also suggest to continue to monitor the fares periodically to get a sense of the rates for your dates and keep checking it to see if the pricing is shifting up or down. Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  123. We are flying from ALbany, NY to Myrtle Beach on 10-31-14. We will be flying into Wilmington, NC. So far, the best price I have found is $371.00. When would be the best tim to buy our tickets?

    • Hi Carol,

      Based on what you’re seeing, I’d suggest to continue to monitor the fares more. $371 isn’t a bad price, but fares for that route can go as low as $330, so I’d suggest to keep an eye on the market and wait it out a little more. Ultimately, you’ll want to book at least 8 weeks prior to your departure in October… which means to book around the end of August or early September. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1y2NXQP (You may have to adjust your return date, since I’m unsure when you’re planning to return.) Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  124. I’d like to see what the graph would look like if it started with zero on the y-axis instead of 380. See the Wikipedia entry for “Don’t draw misleading graphs”

  125. Hi,
    we are flying from Düsseldorf (Germany) to Portland (PDX) in the end of November for one week! the next trip is from PDX to Jacksonville (Jax) and want to stay there about 10 days! when is the best time to book a flight?

    Thanks for your advice!
    Milan

    • Hi Milan,

      Since you’ll be traveling during the last week of November, that is during the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., so booking sooner than later would be best. Fares will only get more expensive during that time, so booking early is good. For your Portland to Jacksonville flight, you can probably wait till about 8 to 10 weeks prior to your dates to book those flights. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/12jMWrm and plug in your cities and dates to view flight schedules and book. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  126. Have you posted the blog about when to buy international flights yet? I am traveling to Ireland in June 2015 and am wondering when would be the best time to buy? Thanks!

    • Hi Kate,

      Yes. Our post on “When to ignore our advice and book early” can be found here: http://bit.ly/1hqSmG0 For Ireland, I’d consider it as a part of Europe and therefore I’d recommend booking sooner than later. Booking around the beginning of the new year would probably be best, but depending on where you are departing from… that can play an important factor on when you should book. Plus, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

      • Ok, thanks for the advice. We will be flying out of Louisville, Ky to either Dublin or Shannon. Tickets look to be about $1150 or around there right now. Would you still suggest waiting until the new year? I just don’t want to wait too long.

        • Hi Kate,

          Since the summer time is a peak season for Ireland and since you’re flying from Louisville (a smaller airport), it would be in your best interest to book sooner than later. Depending on your exact dates in June, fares can get high and are likely to not drop much… if any. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1lS5vtp (Just plug in your dates.) Plus, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  127. My family is flying from Philadelphia to Orlando on November 28 (the day after Thanksgiving), and returning to Philadelphia on December 6. When should we book? Uncertainty makes me so anxious! Thanks in advance for your kind advice.

    • Hi Becky,

      For your flights, you’ll want to book now… or as soon as possible. Fares for the holiday are at an all time low right now, so its best to book now. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1kzsQo9 Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  128. My family plan on flying from los angeles/orange county to atlanta during the christmas holidays. What is the average price the last few years around that time? and when would be a good time to book the tickets? (dec 20 – jan 3rd or 4th) ?

    • Hi Joseph,

      For your flights during the peak holiday season, you’ll want to book now or as soon as possible. Fares will be high during this time and will only get more expensive as we get closer to the holidays. Currently, fares for your dates are starting at around $554 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. (Traditionally, fares for this route can go as low as $350 per person, but because of the holidays, the fares are going to be a lot higher than normal.) To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1sW1gmu Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  129. What is the best time to book a flight to hawaii from la departing on December 27th?

    Thanks

    • Hi Bryan,

      Is this just a one-way, or is there a return date? Also, where in Hawaii are you heading? With that said, since you’re looking to travel during the peak holiday season, I’d recommend booking sooner than later since flights during the holiday season are higher than normal and are likely to only continue to get more expensive the closer we get to the holidays. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  130. We are planning a family vacation to Hawaii in June, 2015. I recently began looking for airline tickets as we are using my parents condo on Kauai for the majority of our time. I wanted to go for 10 days, June 17 to 27, (we have the condo from June 20-27)and plan on spending the first 3 days in Oahu to visit Pearl Harbor and other sites, then fly to Kauai for the remainder of the vacation. We are from Wisconsin and can fly from either Milwaukee or Chicago. The cheapest tickets I can find are over $1000.00. I have no idea if this is a good price or not, but over $4000 for flights eats up a huge part of our travel budget. After reading your article, I checked the cost of flights to Oahu approximately 87 from today, and they were between $700-$800. I just don’t feel comfortable waiting until March 2015 to book our tickets knowing we need to be in Kauai on certain days. Any suggestions or insight you can give would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      For your flights to Hawaii in June 2015, you’ll probably want to continue to monitor the fares more. While I don’t suspect flights will drop a lot, fares for that route can go as low as $650 per person. The summer months are considered peak season for Hawaii so naturally fares will be higher than during other times of the year. I’d suggest to keep an eye on the fares for the next few months. I’d probably suggest booking sometime around the new year when the hunt for summer travel really begins. Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  131. We are looking 2 tickets from Houston to Cali, Colombia in February in is being in a low season Should I reserve now or wait?

    • Hi Ceci,

      Depending on your dates in February, fares can be as low as $860 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Since you’re looking to travel in February, I’d suggest to continue to monitor the fares more. We’ve found that booking about 80+ days prior to your departure is the average, but I’d recommend to continue to keep an eye on the fares each week to get a good sense of the fares for the dates you’re interested in. Ultimately, I’d be sure to book around December at the latest. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/XnTdUg Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  132. Hello…first thanks for the article. Here is my question. I am planning a “multi city” flight, flying from MCO -> LAX October 11th then from SNA ->CAE October 15th. When I first start searching flights were around 448.00 and that was like a month ago…im searching now and the same flights (non stop to and one stop in atl from) have gone to 475.00. Should I bite the bullet and purchase or should I wait?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Jarvis,

      Based on what you’re seeing, I’d recommend booking now. Since you’re traveling within 2 months, fares are likely to only continue to get more expensive the closer we get to your dates of travel. Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  133. i have a trip planned to walt disney world in orlando leaving 3/31/15 when do you think i should book the air. im in new mexico. thank you

    • Hi Adam,

      Since you’re not traveling until the end of March 2015, you still have plenty of time to continue to monitor the fares more. I’d suggest booking sometime after the new year, but depending on if you’re looking for specific flight times you may want to book earlier. Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  134. Hi!
    I’m planning a trip to Manila,Philippines in December 2014…departing 12/11 or 12/12 and returning 1/09/15. Should I purchase the ticket now or wait? Thank you for your advise!

    • Hi Cesaju,

      Based on your dates and the fare that you’re traveling internationally, I would recommend booking your flight sooner than later. Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  135. Hi,

    My husband and I just booked a cruise for Feb. 1-8 out of New Orleans. We want to leave from KC and I’m finding great flights for the 1st but the tickets for the return trip February 8 are a lot higher. Do you know why this would be? The best flights I have found roundtrip is $368 with SW. Do you think the flights will continue to become sold out or do I need to book pronto? Any input is helpful. Thanks!

    • Hi Mariah,

      Since you’re traveling for a cruise and need to match up your flight times, finding the exact flights you need can limit your flight options. With that said, I think it would be wise to book earlier then normal since you’re not flexible and need certain flights. I wouldn’t want to chance it much by waiting it out. I’d buy sooner than later. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1q5SVMb Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  136. I am looking at a round trip flight from MEM to LGA on 9/18 returning on 9/20. I have looked and the cheapest I have found is about $311 each. Is there anywhere to look to find cheaper flights and when should I expect the cost to rise higher? Thanks!

    • Hi Val,

      Being that we’re within a month of your departure, you’ll want to book as soon as possible. Every day that passes is an opportunity for the fares to increase and they will only get more expensive the closer we get to the departure date. I’d advise to book now. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1vSu6Ec Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  137. I planning a trip to Austin, TX leaving 10/10/14 when do you think i should book the ticket. I am in Chicago.

    • Hi Mike,

      I’d recommend booking now or as soon as you can. Being that we’re about 6 weeks out from your departure, now’s the time to buy. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1qhZvOt Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  138. Hello,

    I am flying from Dayton oh to Liberty airport Oct 4th and returning the 11th. I want non stop and present the cost is $477. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Ht,

      If you can be flexible with your airports and fly into LaGuardia you could save some money. Either way, I’d recommend booking now or as soon as you can since we’re about a month out from your departure and fares will only get more expensive. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1sXuVJU Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

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