Is there a best day of the week to buy airline tickets?

For years, we’ve heard it bandied about that Tuesdays are the best day of the week to buy airline tickets, and if you buy on a Tuesday you can consistently save money. This has been repeated so often that many industry pundits regard it as settled law.

Is there a best day of the week to buy airline tickets?

Some even go so far as to ascribe a specific time, for instance that you should always buy your tickets on Tuesday at 3pm.

In 2012 we looked at this in detail, analyzing millions of airfares and found that, while the day you choose to fly on can make a huge difference in your ticket price, the day you choose to buy on really does not. No one day of the week was consistently better than any other.

That’s why we were extremely skeptical when a new study came out this week which claimed the prime day to buy airline tickets has changed and that Tuesdays aren’t the best time to buy anymore. Now you should buy all your flights on Sundays!

Sunday? Really?

This conclusion was based on a study of the Airlines Reporting Corporation of tickets purchased over a 19 month period ending in July.

Here’s the problem with the study: It was based on tickets purchased. Corporate travelers, who tend to book at the last minute and pay higher fares including a lot of business and first class travel, tend not to buy on Sundays. So, of course, tickets purchased on Sundays average out to being less expensive.  But that doesn’t mean that, for someone searching for a bargain, the fares offered on Sundays are any cheaper than tickets bought any other day of the week.

To be sure, last night we ran a bunch of numbers and looked at over 415,000,000 (that’s 415 million!) fares that were available on domestic flights since the beginning of the year. We looked at fares that were available each day, regardless of what was actually purchased. And we found the notion that there is a best day of the week to buy continues to be a myth.

As you can see below, Wednesdays and Thursdays have been the cheapest day to buy, but only $3 less on average than the most expensive days, Saturday and Sunday.

In other words, they’re all about the same.

Is there a best day of the week to buy airline tickets?

Of course, this is not to say that when you choose to buy your ticket doesn’t matter. It matters greatly. Fares change all the time and, indeed, you might see big differences from one day of the week to the next. But with respect to day of purchase, there is simply no pattern to it. On your particular trip, Saturday is as likely to be the best day to buy as Wednesday. What is really important, is not the day of the week that you buy on, but how far in advance you buy . Keep your focus here. This is where you can really make a big impact.

112 Comments

  1. Hi! So I’m trying to buy a one way ticket from Honolulu to Sacramento for January 5th (Monday) and I don’t know if I should wait til the end of the month (November) to buy it? It’s priced at $540 right now which is crazy expensive!

    1. Hi Rae,

      Since you’re traveling close to the New Year’s holiday, you’ll want to book sooner than later. Flights closest to the holidays are more expensive than if you were to depart later on in January. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1DUkDi8 Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

      1. Should have thought about that. But cool stuff @ voucher if the prices change! Thank you so much. I appreciate the feedback.

  2. what happened to my Air line Ticket I want to purchase leaving Las Vegas on 10toMirthel Beach S.C> Back on 15 from S.C to Vegas Mc Carran Air Port Plus The Hotel in Mirthel Beach remember I have AAA Discount Fare for everything so give me Quat…….

    1. Hi Hovsep,

      In order to book flights and hotels, you’ll either need to book online here: 10.185.58.36 or call us at 1-800-243-2724 to speak with a Travel Advisor who can assist you with booking your flight and hotel. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  3. Hi, am goingt to Hawaii on August 2015… I ve been tracking the tickets since the airlines opened those dates… should I wait until next year to buy the tickets or should I just go on and but them now?

    Thanks!
    Mariana.

    1. Hi Mariana,

      Hawaii is a very popular destination during the peak summer months. Depending on your exact dates and how flexible you are, I would absolutely recommend booking earlier than later. However, if you are flexible with your dates, then you can wait it out longer. I’d encourage you to check the fares often to get a good sense of the pricing and then I’d suggest to monitor them and if you see the price drop. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  4. We (family of 4) want to go to Portsmouth England as well as Amsterdam next Dec/Jan. for approximately 2 weeks. What would be the best time to buy these tickets and is it better to fly in one place and out another? I was hoping to keep it within the kids school break and don’t need to be there on Christmas day. We are looking for the best rates of course.

    1. Hi Laura,

      For your trip next Dec/Jan, I’d definitely plan ahead and book your flights early… like around June or mid-summer. The holiday season is an extremely popular time for flying, so booking earlier is best. I’d suggest pricing out your routes and seeing the differences if you were to book a round trip or a multi-city option. Often it just depends on the dates you’re looking for, so I’d price them out and compare. Sometimes people favor a shorter flight versus paying the cheapest price. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

    1. Hi Lucy,

      Depending on where you’re departing from, you’ll want to book earlier than later. I’d recommend checking the fares now and then again next week and track the pricing for a few weeks to get a good sense of the costs and dates that are cheapest. I’d encourage you to book by March to ensure you get a good price. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  5. Having been following your advice for international travel from Atlanta to Barcelona in early June 2015. In Sept 2014 the RT price was $1444 today Jan 4th, its at $1595 (after gas prices dropping LOL). Should I wait ? We’re at 149 days from departure.

    1. Hi CraigAir,

      I wouldn’t wait much longer. Summer in Europe is the peak season due to the warm temperatures, so it would be wise to book sooner than later. The more flexible you can be with your dates and flight times, the more likely you’ll get the cheapest flights. In fact, we wrote a blog post on 5 tips to consider when buying summer flights to Europe, which you can read here: http://bit.ly/1ApnqAt To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1xy2uaB (Just enter your dates.) Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

      1. I’m trying to buy 3 tickets to fly from LAX TO LIR Costa Rica for the mid July returning back August 1st and it’s just so much money!! I can’t believe it how expensive the tickets are and I am trying to buy them months earlier! !! 🙁

        1. Hi Raquel,

          Summer is a popular time for traveling, so booking well in advance is a good strategy especially when traveling internationally. In your case, it appears the cheapest flights from LAX to Liberia, Costa Rica start from about $700 and up, not including any baggage fees that may apply. The more flexible you are with your dates, flight times, and number of stops, the more likely you’ll get the cheapest fares. I’d recommend getting your flights sooner than later. And remember, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  6. I’m planing a trip to Chicago for labor day weekend traveling from Oakland to Chicago. Will that be a busy flying week and how advance should I buy my tickets, or should I go a week before or after.

    1. Hi Alberto,

      That holiday weekend is going to be more expensive than going a week before or after. Holidays are peak times for traveling, so fares will always get more expensive for those dates. If you are booking for that weekend, I would suggest booking early… like within a couple months. Otherwise, if you’re aiming for a non-holiday weekend, then you could hold off on your purchase till about 7 to 8 weeks prior to your departure. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  7. Hello I need to book a flight for an emergency trip to Mexico coming the first of February I was wondering when would be the best day to book it this weekend or during the week next week?

    1. Hi Lizzet,

      Since you’re booking flights last minute, fares will be high. If you can aim for flying mid-week versus popular days like Friday and Sunday, that would be best. I’d strongly encourage you to book as soon as you can since the fares will only continue to get more expensive the longer you wait. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

      1. I am planning on traveling to Mexico before the end of the month what day would be the best day to look for a flight from Columbus Ohio to Mexico City Mexico.I was planning on traveling either the 19th or the 26th. my problem is I’m having trouble finding two seats next to each other because I will be traveling with my two year old son

        1. Hi Jessica,

          Booking at the right time is the best way to save money on flights. What month are you looking for? If for March or April, then you need to book asap! When traveling internationally, it is always a good idea to book earlier than later. It’s especially important for you since you’re looking to get two seats together and booking earlier is usually the best way to ensure that. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  8. I am trying to purchase a ticket from IAH to DAR for two (round-trip – May 18th to Jun 17th). It was about $919 on saturday, it is 1046 todat (Monday)! Should I continue to wait?

    Thanks
    EAAM

    1. Hi EAAM,

      Based on your dates and destination, I would suggest monitoring the flights a little longer. I’d be prepared to buy if you see the flights drop in price. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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! To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1JDyNJb Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  9. I would like to make flight reservations from LAX or surrounding airports, on the 3 or 4 of April 2015, returning on Saturday the 11.
    Any advice on when to purchase?

    1. Hi Jessica,

      Where are you going to? For your flights, I would encourage checking the fares early and often. Depending on your destination, I’d encourage you to book earlier than later since April is Spring Break for many. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  10. HI
    I am going to Milan Italy on Sept 25th and coming back thru Barcelona on Oct 10 . I found nonstop tickets for my husband and myself for a price total of $1963.00 on Saturday and now it is $2004.00 . there is still lots of seats avaible on plane. Do you feel price will go down again?
    please let me know
    thanks

    1. Hi Rosana,

      Usually it’s wise to book international flights well in advance. Being that we’re 6 months out from your departure, I’d suggesting being prepared to purchase your flights within the next couple months. Something to be aware of is non-stop flights are more desirable, so you might even want to book earlier than usual. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  11. I am about to buy flights to Australia for April 21 departure, should I wait another week or go ahead and buy them now.

    1. Hi Debbie, You’re very close to the departure date. We actually recommend purchasing tickets to the South Pacific a full 244 days prior to your travel date for the best price: http://bit.ly/1BS9vXE. When you are this close to your travel date, the chance that your ticket price will go down is extremely difficult to predict. Usually ticket prices continue to climb. There are always exceptions to this rule, but it’s much more likely that if you wait you will pay more. We recommend you buy as soon as possible. Please let us know if we can assist further.

    1. Hi Joseph,

      The cheapest day to fly can great vary depending on the route, but generally speaking the cheapest days typically are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday since they are mid-week days when less people tend travel. Conversely, Fridays and Sunday are usually always more expensive. The ranges are usually within $100, but again depend on the route. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

    1. Hi LG,

      Where are you departing from? That can greatly impact when to buy. Generally, if you’re traveling domestically then booking about 7 weeks or more prior to your departure is best. If traveling internationally, you’ll want to book about 3 to 4 months prior or more. In any event, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  12. We are traveling to Orlando Florida from New Jersey this up coming July 2915 for my daughters Disney soccer tournament. Depart date is July 12 return date is July 18th. Family consists of 2 x adults and 1x 16 year old. We prefer to fly out of Newark Airport, NJ. Would appreciate any advice on getting the best rates on the airline tickets.

    1. Hi Bill,

      Based on your dates and routing, I would suggest booking the flights sooner than later… especially if you’re set on specific airports and flight times. Currently, fares for your dates from Newark are starting from $398 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. To view flights and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/18TidHT You’ll want to filter out the other New York airports since we include neighboring airports that are cheap. (If you are at all flexible with your dates, you could save some money by departing on Monday and return on Friday.) Also, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  13. I’m booking a somewhat last minute trip to Costa Rica (leaving LAX) to see my family on 04/25-05/01. It’s really not the best days to travel (Saturday night flight there and a Friday morning return) but it’s what I have to do for my schedule. I’ve been waiting to book to ensure I get the time off of work, and noticed that the flights jumped up $280 on Wednesday. Note: I’m trying to fly Delta cause it’s direct. Is there a possibility it will go back down this close to departure or should I hurry up and book before it goes up again?

    1. Hi ST,

      It’s not very likely that prices will decrease being we’re a couple weeks out from the departure. Fares are likely to continue to get more expensive, so I would strongly encourage you to book now! You can book Delta Airlines flights with CheapAir by calling us directly at 1-800-243-2724 and a Travel Advisor will assist you. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  14. Our Family are planning to go to San Francisco flying from Manila, Philippines and spend the hollidays there from Dec 19, 2015 to Jan 2. What month do you think is the best time to buy a ticket for the discount?
    We are six, 3 adults, 1 senior citizen (65 years old), 1 thirteen years old, and 1 two years old.

    1. Hi Ton,

      Based on your routing and dates of travel, I would recommend booking your flights sooner than later. Since you’re planning to travel during the peak Christmas and New Years holiday, I would strongly suggest booking your flights early. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1aXvPDQ Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

    1. Hi Emilee,

      Sort of. Airlines will typically limit the number of seats per flight they sell at their lowest rate, sometimes you can actually price yourself right out of a good deal simply by having too many passengers. If, for instance, Airline X has two seats remaining on a flight at $100 and a bunch of other seats available for $150, if you do a search for a group of 4, the price that will come back will be $150. But if you search for two seats at a time you can buy two for $100 and only have to pay the extra $50 for the second two. How do you know when to do this? Always search first for your whole group at once to make sure that the flight has enough seats to accommodate everyone. Then try the same search for a smaller group. If the price comes out lower for the smaller group, buy the seats for the smaller group, and then do a subsequent search for the rest of your party. It can be a lot of work but, hey, if it saves money..

  15. I want to travel from Dallas Love Field to Baltimore/Washington airports; June 30, 2015 and return on July 11, 2015.

    I heard to get really good rates; I should wait until around May 7, 2015 (50 days before flying out of Dallas) to book my flight. Is this true? Right now, it seems more expensive than when my son came from BWI to Dallas, in March.

    Since I am on limited income, this is VERY important to me to get the very cheapest airfare.

    Any help is appreciated!

    1. Hi Janet,

      Based on your routing and dates, I would recommend booking now or sooner than later. If you can get a flight for under $300, that’s not that bad. The closer to $200, the better. You can shop confidently when you purchase flights with 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.

  16. I’m confused about airfare prices. I’m planning a trip leaving buffalo ny to Denver co, Thursday July 16-July 21st, but going to Cheyenne wy, it’s cheaper to fly into Denver and I am getting picked up. I’ve been watching airfare since last month and it’s gone up from about $337 to over $400 now, but here’s where I’m confused, for the heck of it I put in a date of like the first Thursday of June to the following Tuesday, same days I’m staying in July and the airfare was in the upper $300’s. It seems like if I wait to get my tickets till a few weeks before July 16th they may be cheaper than if I get them now, or soon. Can you explain that? Thank you

    1. Hi Lori, I can see how your research might suggest playing the waiting game. The problem with that line of thinking is that July is historically a more expensive month to fly than any other month in the summer. Prices will likely continue to climb because of demand (people tend to fly more in July). This is pure data we get from our database of flights purchased – and this year is shaping up to be no different than last year. In fact, we are about to publish our Summer Fare report that will show this in greater detail. I can’t tell you not to wait with 100% certainty because there’s always the chance that (if a flight doesn’t sell well), the prices could drop closer to travel dates. But I wouldn’t count on it for June. If you purchase with us and the price does go down after you buy, we offer up to $100 in credit back to you. It’s protection for you. Hope this helps!

  17. Hi,
    I am looking to fly from Boston to Bridgetown, Barbados for memorial day weekend. I plan to travel on May 20 or May 21. I will get my passport from Barbados embassy on Monday (May 18). Is it advisable to buy tickets over the weekend or should I buy a day or two prior on Monday/ Tuesday? Weekend prices look very high right now. You think that even if it will be a day prior, tickets might be cheaper on Monday or Tuesday?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Pearl, to be honest if you’re planning to buy that close to the travel date you’re going to be paying at a premium. But yes, it is usually less expensive to avoid the weekend. The other issue at hand is the fact that you’re traveling on a holiday weekend. So prices are even higher surrounding the Memorial Day festivities. Good luck to you – let us know if you have any other questions.

    1. Hi Janeene,

      Where are you departing from? Since we’re about a month and one week out from your date in July, I’d definitely recommend booking now. The longer you wait the more expensive it will be. When you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  18. Hi,
    I am looking to fly from Fort Lauderdale Fl to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from Thursday 8/6 to 8/10 when is the best day I can purchase my ticket?
    Thanks,

    1. Hi Romona,

      Based on your routing and dates, I would encourage you to book sooner than later. We’re about 2 months out from your departure in August and fares are likely to increase about 6-7 weeks prior, so now’s the time to be on the lookout. When checking your dates, we’re finding the cheapest flights are starting from $419 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. To view flight schedules and book you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1KR6Z41 Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  19. Hi I want to fly from Raleigh Nc to San Juan july 11 to the17th last night the prices were $389 today $475. do you think they will go down. Also it said that prices in two days were expected to go up 45% . Is that for real??

    1. Hi Vin,

      It’s not likely the fares will go back down. We’re about a month out from you departure in July and airfares almost always increase dramatically within a month leading up to the departure date. Due to this, I would advise to book now. When booking flights, it is best to book about 7 to 8 weeks or more prior to you departure. When you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  20. Hi, I looking to go on a small vacation to Puerto Rico from August 18 to August 29, I would like to book for a flight and hotel package. When is the best time to do this.

    1. Hi Gladys,

      Since you’re looking to depart in about two months, I’d recommend booking soon. The longer you wait the more likely the fares will increase, so I’d aim to book your trip sooner than later. When you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  21. My friends and I want to travel to Barbados during crop over. I want to know how i can get a cheaper flight traveling internationally?

    1. Hi Toni,

      Crop over in Barbados is during the summer months from May to August. Where are you departing from? (If you’re aiming for next year, then I would recommend checking the fares early and often.)

  22. I am all confused now than ever. In another post of yours you said that Tuesday (afternoon) is the best time to buy, now it does not matter which day of the week??? (and we are not talking few Dollars here and there)

    1. Hi Erik,

      In the past, Tuesdays were traditionally known for when airlines would release flight sales… so there thought was that’s a great day to buy flights. Now, airlines have limited flights to drive up the demand and costs, so what day you book doesn’t really matter like it used to as much. That’s not to say airlines still don’t release flight sales on Tuesdays or that they may release flight sales on a Saturday. There’s a lot of factors that go into booking flights, but the most important is how far in advance you book. Ultimately, you’re best bet is to check the fares early and often to get a good sense of the costs. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir 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.

  23. hi, looking for reasonable price for flight from vancouver, canada to delhi, india in last week ok of feburary or first week of march 2006 for 3 weeks. Suggestons on savings please.

    1. Hi there, On average, we do recommend booking flights to Asia about 318 days from your expected travel dates. Once you get within that window, flights generally start to rise and continue on an upward trajectory. It’s not to say you cannot get a good deal, and there are ways to maximize your chances. For example, flexibility is key. Everyone wants nonstop flights, so if you’re willing to do a layover somewhere, those flights will usually have better availability. If you can travel on a weekday (Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually the best deals), that can also shave some cost off the fare. Finally, if you are willing to mix and match airlines, those tickets also can be substantially cheaper than flying on one airline. Hope these tips help – good luck to you!

  24. I am trying to buy one way tickets for 2 adults and one toddler from Hawaii to Texas for February suggestions on savings please

    1. Hi Nancy, since you are buying very close to your travel dates you’re probably not going to get rock bottom prices. But – look for mid-week rather than weekend fares and avoid any holidays. Being flexible with connections and layover times is also a way to shave off incremental cost. Good luck to you!

  25. Hi, I wanted to book a round trip flight from Newark nj to Houston Texas from March 5th to March 21st after I got my pay check yesturday on a sunday. Last week when I checked on wednesday it said $243 but looking at the price after I got my check the price jumped to around $300 dollars on most sites. I want to wait a little longer till middle of the week day to buy the ticket but I’m scared the price will just jump higher. Any advice?

    1. Hi Vinson, We are pretty close to your travel dates which is why I think you’re just going to continue to see the prices climb. I really wouldn’t wait unless you have to – only because there are likely other people just like you who are watching these fares and will decide to buy. Since the airlines have a limited number of seats available at each price point, you’re likely to see prices inch up even a bit higher before you purchase later in the week. If we were a bit farther out from travel, I’d probably say it’s not a bad risk. But we’re getting into the danger zone where you might even see prices jump by quite a bit. Good luck to you – buy soon!

  26. Hi,

    I am planning to travel from Chicago to Ivory Coast( West Africa) from July 25- 15 August. Can you please tell me the best month to book my flight at a cheapest price. I wanted to book it in this month (March) by the price is between $1,700-1800. Do you think it may go down in the next 2 months? Thank for reading and look forward to hearing from you soon.

  27. Hello! So, from what I’m hearing from you, I’m pretty much screwed either way if I just found out I have to fly out a week from tomorrow 3/21 from NYC to Nashville. I should buy the tickets today, and not wait until tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3pm or Thursday.

    1. Hi Evan, We wouldn’t go that far (to say you’re screwed). At this stage of the game, it’s really a gamble to wait. Odds are not on your side that they will go down. You might want to peruse our recent study on domestic airfare to get a general sense of what buying early versus gambling on a late sale will get you. There’s trade-offs to each. Check this out and pay close attention to the zones. http://bit.ly/1UnmGHn, Good luck Evan!

      1. Thank you! That was very helpful 🙂 Here’s hoping for a Hail Mary. I will have to wait until Thursday now when I get my next pay check. So, let’s hope that they don’t increase too dramatically by then! And that there will be decent enough time slots still available <:-D!

  28. Hi! I’m a freshman in college, planning on studying abroad to London next Spring! I would need a round trip ticket from Charolette or Atlanta to anywhere in London. When should I book?

  29. We are trying to get to Orlando Florida July 23 heading home July 31. Any tips you could give for purchasing tix for 4. 2 kids 2 adults
    When would be best time purchase these tix?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Molly, This post might help you decide when you should buy: https://www.cheapair.com/blog/cheapair-news/the-best-time-to-buy-a-flight-is-54-days-out-or-is-it/. For best (lowest) fares, 54 days before departure ON AVERAGE is the best time to buy. But if you prefer a bit more choice in seat selection and other amenities, it may make more sense for you to buy early. Also, since you are traveling with children keep in mind that the free seats 9so you can all sit together without paying a premium) more and more these days are limited in number and sell out very quickly.

  30. I am planning a trip to Las Vegas June 28th. Trying to get the best and cheapest flight price on my ticket. Should I Tues or Wed? Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Hi Sandra, You’re already ahead of the game by traveling mid-week and avoiding the weekend. Your flights will be more affordable and the hotel costs are especially good for mid-week stays. Other than that, Vegas can be more expensive when there are major events going on in town. Just make sure that there’s not a big fight or concert and you should be in good shape.

  31. Hello, My husband and I are planning to go to our granddaughters wedding on Oct. 1, 2016..in New Hampshire. We live in Florida, when is the best time to order tickets, what are the cheapest and on what airline, as not all flights go into Manchester Airport? We will both need wheelchairs, ages 81 and 83.

    1. Hi Lois, Thank you for the question! The very good news is that you are traveling at a historically affordable time of year (before the holidays and after summer). If you can share where in Florida you will be traveling from, I can look into what airlines might offer the best fares.

  32. I was looking to buy a roundtrip non-stop ticket from Denver to London in mid-September and it was outrageously affordable for exactly a week ($450-$550), and now the price is $800+, which still isn’t bad, but not the deal I was hoping to jump on. Is it possible I will see the flights come down again? Is that an extremely rare flight fare or can I expect to see it again this time next year?

    1. Hi JJ, When did you see the really cheap fare? I would keep a close watch in the next few weeks and if you have the money, plan to buy as soon as the flights seem really favorable. $800 is not bad. The thing that is an unknown quantity right now is how the airlines are going to be impacted by Brexit. Your travel costs on the ground in London (at least for the short term) are going to be quite favorable for the USD, but there are rumblings that airline stock volatility could also drive prices for flights to much lower than normal ranges. We’ve been hearing that prices could go as low as $500 or so from the west coast (these are not unheard of sale prices, especially on Virgin Atlantic), but the jury is still out on whether these are just rumors. DEFINITELY watch the prices closely – another thing that may happen is the demand for these itineraries could spike as people who had London down as a “bucket list” destination might pull the trigger should prices drop for flights. If the demand spikes, the fares won’t stay low for long.

  33. My family of 4 is trying to take a trip out to Dallas Forthworth from 12/24-1/1/17 … when is the best time to buy cheap tickets? Thanks

    1. Hi Lucy, we tend to recommend an optimal range of dates to purchase domestic airline tickets. This year that range is 1-4 months with the average best purchase date being about 54 days out from your travel plans. Now, here’s the caveat: all bests are off for Christmas week because the best fares tend to sell out much earlier. It’s definitely not too early to be shopping right now. Take a look at our Holiday Flights page where we look at the data and tell you when the best dates to travel are (as well as how much you’ll save when you book on the early side): https://www.cheapair.com/blog/holiday-flights/. Good luck to you.

  34. I want to purchase a ticket to go to Houston TX for 10 days from Newark Nj and I’m flexible for both October and November, when should I purchase my ticket sice September is almost over?

    1. Hi Yoyo, You should plan to buy soon. Our “prime booking window” where you tend to get the best prices for domestic tickets is about 2 weeks to 3 months out from your travel dates. We’re within that window now – plan to buy as soon as you can. When you get within two weeks of travel dates the fares tend to shoot straight up.

  35. Hello-
    Going from MSP to MZT, Mexico March 3-March 10 2017. Is it best to wait as more airlines will open up as people start thinking about spring break? I only find 2 flights right now leaving from MSP on this day?

    1. Hi Jon, Honestly, I probably wouldn’t wait too long because, as you mentioned, this is prime Spring Break month (for both college students and families). Airlines tend to publish their fares about 11 months out and don’t typically open up additional flights UNLESS flights sell out quickly and at high fares. Not that it’s not a possibility that this COULD happen for you, but it’s much more likely if you wait that prices will just continue to climb. I might watch and wait – but watch very closely (maybe check fares every day in the morning and evening) and watch for incremental movement. Any movement will indicate a good time to buy. If prices stay stagnant, you can hold off. If prices start to slowly climb that means the flights are starting to sell down. If the price dips, it may mean the airline is trying to encourage people to buy (they usually will).

  36. My wife and I are flying from PDX to MCO for a cruise out of Port Canaveral 4/1/17 to 4/9/17, which is Saturday to Sunday. How far out should we book our flight to get a good deal?

    1. Hi Scott, Orlando is one of those frustrating destinations that really has no low season AND you’re also looking at a time that is popular for college students and families (spring break). We always recommend people planning for cruises to book as early as they can, because you’re often looking for flights at certain times of day that the other cruise customers will also be looking at. Sales are not going to happen, but the fares will definitely increase the closer you get to the travel dates. Our best advice is always going to be to buy sooner rather than later.

  37. Hi. I am wanting to fly to Ireland from Oklahoma City December 2nd and return home December 14th.

    I won’t have $800 until next Friday, and the tickets are around $761… Will they sky rocket before I get the chance to buy one? 🙁

    1. Hi Jordan, I hope not! 🙂 No way to really know – Just get ready to buy as soon as you have the funds. Good luck to you!

  38. I just found a flight ticket priced $65 for coming back to Buffalo from NYC on November 27th, Sunday.
    I was wondering if I should buy right now
    or
    Will I be able to purchase around next Tuesday with the same price as $65?
    or
    Will it get cheaper at the end?

    1. Hi Nathan, With Sunday, the 27th being the busiest travel day of the year, I would not be doing my job if I suggested you wait. This close to travel, we never assume fares will go down and because of the popularity of the date it is very likely that the prices will spike by next week. Buy soon.

  39. Hi, We need tickets to Bozeman Montana either early May or late May, from Panama City Fl. or Valpariso Fl. Are the tickets higher if we include the Memorial day weekend? We are very flexible and can fly from any airport in the vicinity and the day of the week for leaving and return really doesn’t matter. Just need very low cost tickets. Advise please. will also need to rent a car for a week. Thanks.

    1. Hi Jean, Yes Memorial weekend will very likely make your tickets more expensive, though at the moment it looks like flights are about the same no matter when you fly in May (close to $900 round trip). There are flights for about half that if you’re willing to fly to the next nearest airport (Salt lake City), but them you have about a 500 mile drive ahead of you to get to Bozeman.

  40. I am flying with one other person to Madrid. We will fly out on Aug 26th (a Saturday) and fly back on Sept 3rd (a Sunday). What day should I buy my plane tickets on? I have been told by a girl from Spain to get them now, in Feb, before Valentine’s Day because they will go up after that. I don’t know what I should do. I want them to be the absolute cheapest. They were only $550 when I checked last week and now they are already up to $680. I don’t know if it is because I am checking at 8pm on a Wednesday or what I need to do.

  41. Hi there, we are flying from Edmonton (YEG) to Puerto Vallarta in July for 3 weeks. Will prices likely drop 6-8 weeks beforehand or should I book right away?

    1. Hi Laura, Don’t count on fares going down in July, especially if you’re looking at specific flights. If you have flexibility in dates, connection times, flight time of day, etc. it may be worth watching and waiting. Typically, the closer we get to travel dates, the more likely the fares are to go up (this close to travel). When you add in the busy travel month of July, it’s not typical for fares to dip.

  42. I want to purchase tickets from lax to zac mex the prices are super high right now when would be a good day to purchase the tickets for a better deal I am traveling July 24 till April 13

    1. Hi Tiff, It’s hard to say for sure, but you’re getting relatively close to travel and we always recommend buying when fares are reasonable. It does sound as though you may have missed the lowest prices for your flights…https://www.cheapair.com/blog/travel-tips/when-should-you-book-an-international-flight/. Another option might be to buy the outbound flight now and wait to buy the return. Because you’re looking at a return almost a year out, that return portion of your flight is probably what’s causing the high price (when airlines first publish fares they tend to be pretty high). You can get a nonstop flight on Volaris for $223 one way. You could also look into flights to Aguascalientes which is about 90 miles from Zacatecas. Those flights are around $465 right now.

  43. I’m booking a one way to Phoenix Arizona for around the 1st of October 2017, but I can’t pay for my ticket until September 26, 2017, is there going to be a big price difference? Right now it’s only $89 so what will be the difference if I can’t pay until the 26th. Thank you

    1. Hi Shari, It’s hard to say but that close to travel it almost certainly will be much higher. Typically, once you get within 2 weeks the prices spike pretty sharply.

  44. Hi looking to go to Montego Bay Jamaica from New York non stop the first weekend in February. When is the best time to book for a long weekend a (thurs-friday).

  45. What is the best way to go about booking an international flight to see a critically ill family member? US to UK. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi RL, Unfortunately there are not airlines that offer last minute emergency fares these days. Your best bet will be to search for a low fare online and hop on it (usually last minute flights with long/multiple connections are a better price). However, in your situation you might just want to get there quickly. It’s probably worth a call to see if the airline might be willing to discount your fare, but that’s a long shot. If the cost is prohibitive last minute, you may have to pop it on a credit card or check out our “monthly payments” program.

  46. Hi,

    I’m from Barcelona, Spain and I’m looking to go to thailand from the 23 of november to the 20 of december. Which companies offer the best prices? Should I wait until last minute to buy the fligths?

    For now I’ve seen fligths for 450€ can I expect something cheapper?

    1. Hi Bernat, It’s hard to say which companies offer the best tour prices (that’s not really our wheelhouse – we stick to flights). The fares you’re finding sound pretty reasonable, actually. If you’re flights are into Bangkok, you have scored a pretty good deal. We’d advise you book!

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