How far in advance should you book an international flight?

We recently released a study where we told you that, on average, the best time to buy domestic airline tickets is 47 days before your flight. Many customers have asked us, “Does the same rule apply for international flights?”

How far in advance should you book an international flight?

It’s a good question, so we ran some numbers and looked at fares for 1,926,320 international trips across all of 2014, covering 3,184 markets and 73 international destinations. The results were markedly different than what we found for domestic flights.

Domestic flights tend to start out on the high side and slowly drop for a while. The lowest domestic fares are typically offered between one and four months in advance. Once you get inside of that month, fares tend to climb.

In contrast, the lowest international fares are found by booking a lot earlier. On most airlines, international flights open up for sale 335 days before departure, and our study found that they don’t typically drop that much from their initial price. Instead, they stay fairly flat for a few months, then start to creep up slowly, until about 90 days before departure when the pace of increase starts to accelerate.

Whereas with domestic flights you can often get a decent deal up until about a month before departure, with international flights that is the case much less often. Three months in advance, instead of one month, marks the end of the period in which you’d generally get the best price.

Of course, there are all sorts of caveats and we are painting with a pretty broad brush here. “International” covers a lot of different countries in a lot of different regions, and to some extent every market is different. If we break our study down by region, we find that the Canadian market is almost identical to the U.S. market – 47 days in advance is best, on average. Central and South America had the best fares 96 days out; the Caribbean 144; and the rest of the world was over 7 months. This includes the Middle East (213 days); the South Pacific (244 days); Mexico (251 days); Europe (276 days); and Africa (262 days). Asia is the region where the most advance purchase is optimal – the lowest fares to Asia were found a whopping 318 days in advance!

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Another dynamic in play with international flights is seasonality. Even more so than with domestic flights, demand for international flights during the peak summer season is much stronger than the rest of the year. As a result, summer flights tend to fill up more quickly. Because flights generally get more expensive as they fill, this means that you are better off booking international flights for the summer even earlier than the averages above. Conversely, if you’re travelling in the off-season there isn’t the same degree of urgency and you are more likely to be okay waiting longer.

The seasonality effect is particularly pronounced in the Europe market where, on average, the best time to buy your summer fares is right when they go on sale (11 months in advance). By seven months in advance the lowest available fare is already $100 more on average; by 60 days in advance it is $150 more.

How far in advance should you book an international flight?

There are a lot of numbers here, and a lot of generalizations. Similar to domestic flight data, to some extent every trip is different and circumstances vary depending on where you’re going and your exact travel dates. The key takeaway, though, is that with international flights you are much more likely to miss out on a good fare by booking too late than for domestic flights — and much less likely to regret booking too early. The majority of international routes have a relatively small number of flights and, while prices change frequently, the price fluctuations are driven more by availability changes (i.e. flights filling up and getting more expensive because of it) than by sales coming and going (which are common for domestic flights and tend to move fares both up and down). That doesn’t mean that sales and price drops never happen for international flights or that good deals can never be had at the last minute. It just means that those are both less common – especially when you’re flying in the summer.

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  1. We are planning a trip to Seychelles and South Africa in December/January (Christmas/New Years). We are flying out of Chicago. We are seeing the price for the flight from Chicago to Seychelles for $1400 to $1600. Would it better to wait to see if the price gets lower or should we book it soon?

    Also, we will be flying back from Cape Town to Chicago in early January and we are seeing prices of $800. Would it better to wait to see if the price gets lower or should we book it soon?

    1. Hi KP,

      Based on your destinations and dates, I would recommend booking earlier than later. Due to the Christmas and New Years holidays, the second half of December and into January are a lot higher than normal. Because of this, I would book now to avoid the fares from increasing any further. 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.

    2. Hi, I need to travel from the Los Angeles area to Seoul this Summer for a medical appointment on 6/14, with a return after the followup appointment on 6/23. I’m on a serious budget. When should I purchase my flight?

      1. Hi Tegan. Very soon. We recommend booking nearly a year out to get the lowest fares to Asia and we are already far inside that window right now. I would suggest doing a bit of research and booking very soon. Because you are flying from Los Angeles (which is a departure point that does often have sales and bargain prices to Seoul, I might wait a bit longer and just monitor fares. Right now, I see fares for a little under $1,000 for your dates, but fares in April and May are just over $500. It is tempting to wait and see if any sale fares might pop up, but to do this I would suggest you monitor fares very closely so you can jump on fares should they climb instead. Once fares start to climb, it’s very rare that they go back down. Rising fares indicate that people are buying and that different classes of service are selling out. Good luck to you.

  2. My dad and I are looking at flights to Israel for July of this year. You have one article that says book about 80 days in advance, and this (possibly updated?) article that says 213 days in advance. Since the window now appears to be around 80 days, do you think there will be extreme differences (positively or negatively) if we wait? I see flight are a lot cheaper about 60 days from now, but is that because they are in May/June instead of July?

    Any help would be appreciated!

    1. Hi Farnsworth,

      Flights to Europe and that region are more popular during the warmer summer months which is why flights are higher than in May. The 80 days refers to domestic flights versus international flights. For international flights during peak seasons, it is best to book further in advance. Based on your destination, I would suggest booking sooner than later if your dates are set. If you’re flexible with your dates, you can monitor the fares a little more, but I would advise to book soon. It’s likely that flights will only get more expensive the closer we get to July. 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. I am studying abroad this summer and looking to fly to London the first week of June, and fly back to the US from Prague in the 2nd week of July. I have seen some sites that say the magic number is 54 days out from the trip (roughly). Should I wait any longer to see if fares drop? Or should I go ahead and purchase my airfare now? As a college student, I’m trying to save as much money as possible.

    1. Hi Kaitlin,

      I’d recommend booking your flights now or as soon as you can. It’s very likely that the fares will only get more expensive the closer we get to your departure in June. Usually with international flights, you’ll want to book further in advance than the 54 day domestic guideline. In fact, with international flights to Europe during the summer, you’ll want to book at least 3 to 4 months in advance or more. Another great reason to book now is 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, we’re here to assist you!

    1. Hi Maurice,

      For your flights, you’ll want to book now or as soon as possible. Memorial day in the U.S. is Monday, May 25, 2015. That’s less than 2 months away and for an international flight, you really want to be booking at least 3 to 4 months in advance most times. I’d definitely encourage you to get your flights booked sooner than later to avoid the fares from increasing any further. 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 are a group of senior ladies,4 of us traveling from Portland Oregon to Quebec,Canada the 17th of October 2015 we are on social security and this is a once in a lifetime trip airfare seems to keep going up have waited to long to get a good price,when is the best time?

    1. Hi Cherlynrae,

      Do you have a return date in mind? Or is this just a one-way trip? For one-way flights to Quebec, Canada on October 17th, fares are starting from about $336 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Based on your dates and routing, I would suggest to continue to monitor the fares a little more. We’re still 6 months out from your departure in October, so there’s still plenty of time. To view flight schedules for the 17th of October, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1F7cOeK 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. It is a cruise we are going on and returning in a different city,thank you very much for your info,also I was wondering why is it if I punch in my travel info for one person it is different than if I enter for four people,so much higher per person for a group of four,than one person.

        1. Hi Cherlynrae,

          Good question. 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. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  5. My family is planning an Ireland trip for June of 2016. We are flying into Dublin. So I am gathering that the best time to start pricing airfare is 9 to 11 months in advance. Am i correct in my thinking?

    1. Hi Sherilyn,

      Yes, you’re absolutely correct. Airlines release flight schedules 330 days out from the current date, so you wouldn’t be able to view the schedules until about July/August of 2015. For international flights we do recommend checking the fares early and often, especially when traveling during the warmer summer months when fares are higher due to the high season. 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.

  6. Looking to take Virgin Atlantic from EWR-LHR last week of March 2016. (Easter Weekend) for our first visit for one week. The ticket window opens up in a week, so I’m not sure if I Should I wait a month or so? I’m thinking because it is a holiday weekend that the fares may not go down much, if at all.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Joe,

      You’re doing the right thing by planning ahead. I’d suggest waiting a little after the fares are published to get a good sense of the pricing. I wouldn’t book right away since the route you’re interested has lots of flights available. You should probably check the fares once a week to see if there’s any shift in the pricing. However, if you have your sights set on dates already and you’re eying a specific flight then you’re limiting your options and therefor should book early. Ultimately, it would be smart to have your flights booked by at least November to be safe. Shop in confidence 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. My mother and I are looking to book a flight for October 1st to October 21st from LAX to London (either Gatwick or Heathrow). When would best time be to purchase? We keep seeing $1100+ ticket prices which seems high since it is off season. I’ve never paid that much international even in peak travel season. Are these normal rates for October?

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Based on your dates and routing, I would suggest continuing to keep an eye on the pricing more. The more flexible you can be with your dates, flight times, etc.. the more likely you’ll find cheaper flights. Otherwise, if you’re set with those dates and set on a specific airline, then you’re limiting your options and therefor should book early. In checking the fares, there are cheaper dates in October. 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. Hello! I’m looking to purchase a flight from New York to France (I suppose Paris but open to cheaper options if they exist?) for the end of June and return mid-August. I’m afraid it seems like I missed the window for cheap flights. Any advice? Should i just book now and cut my losses, as the prices already seem to have gone up? Dates and departure locations are relatively flexible…work with me! 🙂

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Ben,

      You’ll absolutely want to book now or as soon as you can. Europe is extremely popular during the summer months and it’s likely fares will only get more expensive the longer you wait. Tip: The more flexible you can be with your dates, flight times, etc… the more likely you’ll find cheaper fares. 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.

  9. My family is traveling from Texas to Jamaica in July and we were told by the travel agent to wait until closer to the dates to buy the airline tickets but they now seem to be going higher and higher. It sounds like you’ve found that the ideal window for cheap flights has passed and we should go ahead and book now, correct? Its upsetting since they are the highest price now that they’ve been since I started looking.

    1. Hi Liz,

      What are the dates you’re looking at? Fares can be quite different depending on the dates. Since we’re about 3 months out from July, I would recommend booking sooner than later. The more flexible you are with your dates, the more likely you’ll find a cheaper fare. If you’ve got your eyes set on specific flights and dates, then you’re limiting your options and should buy now. 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. Hello!
    I’ve been looking at prices for a honeymoon trip to Aruba in early December. I’ve noticed that the price has jumped a bit (approx $130 per ticket) since I started looking about a month ago. Do you think this trend will continue and should I book now to avoid paying even more?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Carissa,

      If you’re set on your dates in early December, then I’d suggest booking sooner than later. Especially if you’re departing from a smaller airport versus a larger airport which will have more flight options. Another factor is of course, your honeymoon. I probably wouldn’t risk waiting too long to book. Plus, when you buy early 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. Hi my Husband and I would like to go the State’s, leaving Brisbane Australia late September 2016, going to Los Angeles and the on to Nashville, could you tell me the best time to book and best route to take ?

    Thank you

    Carrie Grant

    1. Hi Carrie,

      Airlines only release flight schedules 330 days out from the current date, so the earliest you can start checking fares would be in early November 2015. I would recommend checking the fares early. You don’t necessarily need to book then, but it would be good to get a sense of the pricing. Ultimately you’ll want to book your flights at least 5 months or more in advance of your departure. I’d suggest monitoring the fares often and acting fast if you find flights for under $900 or less. As far as routing, there are some non-stop flights offered which tend to be more desirable, but often can be more expensive than flights with stops. If you can be flexible with your dates, flight times, and number of stops then you’ll most likely be able to get a cheaper rate. 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.

  12. I am flying to copenhagen then to tel aviv then back here in calgary around september and october, when is the best time to buy the tickets?

    1. Hi Zynch,

      In checking the fares for your routing, I would encourage you to book soon. Flights are pretty cheap for September and October right now, so I would recommend locking in your flights while you have more flight options to choose from now. The longer you wait, the more potential for flights to sell out and prices to go up. 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.

  13. Thanks for the intense research. Wondering about flights to Europe from Hawaii on August 30. Will waiting until mid May be too late?
    And flights to the Philippines from Hawaii on December 18. Should we buy now? Lowest price is on United airlines $992
    Aloha

    1. Hi Travellingmilli,

      For your Europe flights, I’d definitely suggest booking now or as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the more likely the fares will just keep increasing. I’d suggest doing the same for your flights to the Philippines. Flights during the peak holiday season can get expensive, so the sooner you book, the better off you’re more likely to be. 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.

  14. Hi there,

    My partner and I are looking to fly to from Perth, Australia to Los Angeles in early December 2015, returning in early January 2016. Currently the cheapest flights I can find are $1450, would you recommend booking now or waiting another month or two?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Loisedeann,

      Based on your routing, I would recommend booking sooner than later. While I don’t think you should buy right now, I’d suggest monitoring the fares a little longer. A good deal for your route would be around $1100 or under, so if you find flights close to that, I’d buy! It would be smart to have your flights booked at least 4 months prior to your departure to be safe. 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.

  15. Hello,

    I plan to study abroad in Osaka Japan. My program want’s me there August 29th but I’m thinking to go a week and half early to Tokyo to visit family and sights. I know I wont be getting my visa paper work back from the university in Japan till beginning of July and flights I’m looking ask me for this. They aren’t mandatory but I know I will be getting a visa. Is it ok to leave this blank since I don’t actually have my visa yet? I don’t want to wait any long since I’m worried the price will go up. Also do you know where I will be to find a list of what medication are allowed to be brought into Japan? I’m having a hard time finding this information.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Gillian,

      For more information on what medications you can bring, you can refer to the government site here: http://1.usa.gov/1KMWdfI For your Visa, it’s probably best to secure the Visa first, since if there any any issues with it and you’ve already purchased flights, then you may not be able to use the ticket and could end up have to pay penalties to cancel the flight and use for future use. You can book first and take the risk that you’ll get the Visa and have no problems, which can save you money on the flight… but then if you can’t get the Visa you run into that same problem of not being able to use it. (I’d probably err on the side of caution.

  16. Hello!!

    My mom is planning to go from Mexico to Montreal this August 8th, the prices since start the year are raising and going down every week, so I am wondering if the price will come cheaper soon or we need to buy the ticket now…
    Thanks so much

    1. Hi Eve,

      I’d recommend booking now or sooner than later. Since it’s international travel, you’ll want to book at least 3 to 4 months in advance… sometimes even further depending on the route and seasonality. Since summer is a peak season for travel, I’d encourage you to book now. 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.

  17. Hi. I am based in London. Is your research on best time to buy tickets apply for travel from London to USA? I am looking for tickets to Orlando or Atlanta from London from 4th or 3rd August to 24th August or soon after. We are a family of 4 adults and 1 child. Prices are high now but I was wondering if there will be sale on the memorial weekend in May. Also, we would like to travel with Virgin or Delta.

    1. Hi Abi,

      The research applies both ways. Summer is the peak season to fly to the U.S. and therefore should be booked well in advance. August happens to be one of the highest priced months for flights. I don’t suspect the prices will drop significantly unless you can be very flexible with your dates and airlines. The more selective you are, the less options you’ll have to choose from which will drive up the costs. In checking the fares for both Orlando and Atlanta, they are around the same, but if you’re only looking for non-stop flights then Atlanta looks to be the cheaper option. Ultimately, you’ll definitely want to book sooner than later since you’re looking for 5 seats. 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.

  18. We are trying to book 5 seats to puerto rico feb 7 2016, we have been watching and the ticket prices are going up. Will they ever come back down?

    1. Hi Diane,

      Where are you departing from? We’re still about 9 months out from your departure in February 2016, so there’s still plenty of time to buy. Airfares will fluctuate a lot, so the key is to know what’s a good price to pay for your route so you know to buy when you find the flights you want. Once we know where you are departing from, we can inform you the costs you’ll want to aim for. 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. Traveling from lex to syd on March 17, 2016 and returning April 1, 2016. The return flight was just opened with a fare of $1682. There are a lot of flights available for this route. Should I wait a little for a price drop and if so how long. 2 seniors here so price does make a difference. Thank you for any advice

  20. I am looking to travel from Oakland or San Francisco to Sydney Australia in possibly February 2016 which I would stay in Sydney Australia for about a month. I took in consideration that February may be a good time as the holidays are over and I believe it may be summer time over in Sydney Australia during that time. When do you suggest I book my tickets? Are there any other times of the year that may be cheaper?

    Another option I was considering was to go sometime during August 2016 to October 2016 during that time frame as it starts to warm up?

    1. Hi David,

      In checking the fares, SFO would be a slightly cheaper option. A good deal for flights from SFO to SYD would be under $1325, not including any baggage fees that may apply. February actually happens to be the high season for Sydney, so you may have better luck with lower fares if you traveled during the low season which is from mid-May to mid-August (our summer). That’s not to say you can’t find a great flight deal for February, but it’s something to consider as accommodations may cost more during their high season. Other times that can be good to visit are during the mid-season which is from mid-April to mid-May, mid-August to September, and mid-December to mid-January. In any event, I would recommend booking well in advance if you’re set on dates and certain flights. If you are very flexible with your dates, then you could wait to book till 3 months prior. I’d suggest continuing to monitor the fares more and if you find flights under $1325, then I’d buy. Another great thing is that 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 Charlie,

      Are you flying into San Jose or Liberia airport? San Jose will be the cheaper option. Fares from Tijuana to San Jose can go as low as under $450, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Currently, the fares for your dates are starting from about $660 and up. Fares will be higher since the peak season for traveling to Costa Rica is from late November to late April. So I’d suggest monitoring the fares a little longer and try to find something as close to that $450 price. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1Hei4vf 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.

  21. We will be flying out of Houston to Munich on September 20th and flying back from Athens to Houston on October 10th. When I initially started looking, about 3 months ago, at flights they were over $1000 and as of now they have dropped to $926. Should I buy now or do you think the price will continue to drop? Thanks!

    1. Hi Steven,

      Good deals for your route are priced below $1000, so I would definitely recommend booking now to lock in the lower rate. Best of all, if you book 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.

  22. Hello!

    I’m planning to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Olympics next summer. Would the best time to book a flight for the next year when August (2015) rolls in? I’m a just bit worried about the prices and flights available if I wait until maybe December.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Jem,

      Based on your destination and it being the Olympics, you’ll definitely want to book as early as you can. Airlines will release flight schedules 330 days out from the current date. I’d plan to check flights as soon as they become available. 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. Flying direct only to Jamaica from Chicago or Milwaukee the first week of this December. Found a direct flight from Midway on Southwest for $463 pp. Just wondering if I should wait for Frontier to release their flights, wait to see if there are any sales/deals in the next month or two (Memorial Day, July 4th) or if this is a good deal and to book now. Also, what is average cost of a ticket to Jamaica from Mke or Chicago in the beginning of December?

    1. Hi Nicole,

      Chicago will definitely be the cheaper option. Based on what you’re finding, you may want to secure the Southwest flights due to their 2 free checked bags policy. Frontier may come out with a cheaper fare, but they will charge for bags and other extras that Southwest will not. Overall, good deals from Chicago to Jamaica are priced below $441 (not including any baggage fees), so what you’re finding with Southwest isn’t bad at all. You could probably hold off a little and see if they dip any further or if Frontier releases a crazy cheap deal. I’d just be sure to have your flights booked before the end of summer to be safe. 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.

  24. When’s the best time to book from Gold Coast to Bangkok? Travel around 3-26th October. I can get return flights for 2 for around $1,200 on sale at the moment, but is it likely to get cheaper? Thank you

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Is that $1,200 total for both? If so, that’s a great deal. Good deals for this route are priced below $808, so if you’re finding it for around $600 per person, then I’d definitely buy now! 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.

  25. We will be flying from Houston, Tx. to Johannesburg, SA. April 30, 2016. We should be able to begin booking the flight within the next couple of weeks. My son in law is 6’4″ and will need additional leg room. Should we book the first day available at whatever rate it is or take a chance that fair will become lower and still have seats available with extra leg room?
    thanks

    1. Hi Neeley,

      I’d certainly recommend checking the fares once they become available. Airlines release flight schedules 330 days out from the current date. Good deals for this route are priced below $795. I don’t think you’ll have to book exactly on the first day flights become available, but booking earlier will ensure you’re able to get the seating you’re seeking for your son in law. Shop confidently 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.

  26. Travelling from Little Rock to Calgary in February 2016 for a wedding. Business Class on American is around $1,000. Should I book now since Little Rock is a smaller airport and it will be ski season in Canada?

    1. Hi Rick,

      Since you’re not traveling until February 2016, you still have plenty of time to continue to monitor the fares. It’s not likely they’ll shift much being that you’re searching for Business class fares. The nice thing about buying business class flights is they are mostly refundable, meaning if the fares do drop considerably, you could apply for a refund and rebook the lower fare. (Again, I don’t suspect they’ll shift much since business class fares don’t fluctuate like economy fares.) Alternatively, you can book now and 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.

  27. Hello,

    I am planning on traveling from Chicago (or Indianapolis) to Paris on August 23rd, and then going from Paris to Guatemala City on December 19th. When do you recommend is the best time to book these flights? I am planning on booking multi-city since it seems to be cheaper than buying one-ways to both destinations.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Nancy,

      Based on your dates and routing, I’d advise to book now or sooner than later. International flights should be booked well in advance, especially when traveling to Europe during the peak summer months. Combine that with your flight to Guatemala City on December 19th, close to the Christmas holiday, booking earlier would be the better decision. Shop in confidence 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.

  28. I will fly round trip SFO to DEL (Nov 8 – Nov 22). Found a Lufthansa flight via FRA, it’s $2042 for premium economy yesterday, today it’s $2187. Should I pull the trigger or wait a bit, like to know your option, thank you!

    1. Hi Will,

      Based on your routing and dates, I’d suggest booking sooner than later. Especially if you’re eying specific flights with Lufthansa. By limiting your options, there’s less opportunity to get the cheapest rates available. If you are open to other options, Air China looks to be a lot cheaper. Otherwise, I’d definitely recommend booking now to avoid the fares from increasing further. Please let us know if you need any assistance with finding flights.

  29. Hi, I’m going to Saint Maartens this August, flying from Paris – a direct flight seems to be £800, varying by a few pounds every other day. Should I wait a bit or do you think it will stay at around that price? My trip is 80 days away

    1. Hi Carla,

      In checking the fares for your route, I’d suggest booking sooner than later. If you can go later in August or even early September, prices are a little cheaper.

  30. Hi there, We are planning a trip to the UK in December-January to visit family, so will be staying over Christmas. We can fly out of Jacksonville and change planes for a connecting flight or fly out of Orlando for a direct flight. We would like to fly into Leeds/Bradford, but can also fly into Manchester. Our dates are the last two weeks in December and first week in January, returning at the end of that week. As it is over a holiday, should we be booking flights now or should we wait? If wait, then how long? Also, we used to be loyal to Virgin, but haven’t flown internationally for a few years, so are open to recommendations on airlines for a 5+ hour flight with two kids under 5. Thanks!

    1. Hi Emily,

      Booking sooner than later would be the wise move. The holiday season is a peak season for travel and planning ahead is the best way to save on flights. As far as flights go, I’d recommend Orlando to Manchester since that route offers non-stop flights on Virgin Atlantic. Otherwise, British Airways is also a good option too. 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.

  31. Hi

    We are looking at booking flights to Orlando from London on Christmas day for a two week holiday. The flights were sat at a static Prix but yesturday dropped about £80, have gone back on today and flights gone up over £100. Is it usual for them to keep jumping around? Is it likely they will come down closer to time? When’s best to book.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Ali,

      Based on your routing and dates, I would strongly recommend booking your flights sooner than later. Flights fluctuate in price a lot, but being that you’re looking to travel during the peak holiday season, it’s not likely those flights will drop in price much. Holidays are always a peak time for traveling and airlines know that flights are in demand so they’re less likely to decrease pricing. You can still take advantage of a price drop 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.

  32. Hi,

    Looking to buy either YUL – LAX (Dec 22 – Dec 30), or YUL – LAS (same dates). What would be our best time? And would leaving from Burlington Vermont Intl Airport be an cheaper, and again, when to buy?

    Thank you,

    Jennifer

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      In checking the fares, flying from Montreal (YUL) will be cheaper than departing from Burlington by about $100. On your destination, both LAX and Vegas are comparable, with Vegas being about $5 less. As far as when to buy goes, because you’re traveling during the peak holiday season, I’d recommend booking as early as you can. It’s likely the fares for the holiday season won’t be decreasing, rather they’re likely to increase and increase as we get closer to the season. 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.

  33. We are cruising in February from syracuse to Sydney and them returning from aukland bsck to syracuse. When is the best time to book our flights…plus would it be better to book Round trip from Sydney and also get a separate flight from aukland to Sydney when the cruise returns? ?

    1. Hi Maggie,

      Since you’re traveling internationally and for a cruise, it would be wise to book early. Depending on your exact dates, booking a round-trip flight can be cheaper. It just depends on your dates. I’d suggest pricing the two options and comparing to see which is cheaper and by how much. The return from Auckland may even just route you through Sydney, so buying a round-trip may just be cheaper. 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.

  34. Hi
    im planning a 4 day break to prague from Glasgow, with Jet2. The price was cheaper a fortnight ago, by approximately £50 per head. The price seems to fluctuate and I am wondering when would be the best time to book. I plan to go on 26th July. Appreciate any advice. thanks a million

    1. Hi Paulie,

      I’d recommend booking the flights now. If you can fly July 26 – July 30th, fares are cheapest. 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.

  35. Hi,

    We are planning a 2 weeks trip to Nicaragua in May 2016 to visit family. When should I book my airfares? Is going to be few of us. Around 5 adults and two children. So I want to know if I should book now or wait few months before the day. Also, how do reservation work if I put it in a credit card. Do they charge me right way or the booking agencies way few days before the day to charge it in full. Do I need to use they same credit card I booked the airfare before or I can switch it with another credit card.

    1. Hi NP,

      Where are you departing from? Is everyone departing from the same airport? If so, booking earlier would be wise since you’re looking for 7 seats. Because 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 an airline 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!

      As for the charges, once you book the flights, your credit card will be charged for the full costs at that time. If you want to separate the charges, you can either do that by booking separately and using different cards, or you can also book with us and split the payments up… however we do charge an additional 4% (of the total cost) fee to do this.

      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.

  36. Thanks I appreciate the feedback very much. We will departure from LAX to MGA. So I was wondering if I should book as soon as the airlines allow me or should I wait four months like a lot website suggest to do.

    1. Hi NP,

      It would be wise to check the fares early and often to get a good sense of the pricing. A great deal for this route would be under $500 per person, so I’d aim for as close to that as you can get. 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.

  37. HI, I will be traveling to London for a wedding on October 30th. I plan to leave a week before and return day after so say October 23rd – Nov 2nd. Problem is I’m still undecided as to take my 5yr old or not because of school. When is the latest time I should buy tickets? Does it matter what days I fly on? I see the prices are slowly creeping up but hubby says to wait till July end.

    When do you suggest?

    1. Hi Abi,

      Where are you departing from? Since it sounds like you’re traveling internationally, booking in advance would be wise. Unfortunately without knowing where you are departing from, it’s difficult to check pricing for you. The day of week you travel on does matter. For example, traveling during the week like on a Tuesday or Wednesday tend to be a little cheaper than on Friday or Sunday. I’d suggest booking since you’re seeing the fares increasing. We’re only 4 to 5 months from your departure in October, so I wouldn’t put the purchase off too much longer. Plus, 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. Thanks for responding. I will be departing from San Francisco. I was going to fly on a Friday but i can bump it up. And yes how does the travel voucher work?

  38. My 13 yr old son and I are planning a ski trip to Val Thorens France in February 2016. We will fly from Boston on Saturday 2/13 (arriving 2/14) and leave on Sunday 2/21. We are staying at the Club Med there and they told us Geneva is the closest airport. We have been monitoring flight options and it seems that tickets on a quality airline (Air Canada, Lufthansa, Air France, SwissAir, United) are in the range of $1000. There hasn’t been much change since we started looking. Are we better off to book now or wait a little longer?

    1. Hi Nancy,

      Since you’re not traveling until February, you still have plenty of time to continue to monitor the fares. A good deal for that route would be under $900, not including any baggage fees that may apply. I’d suggest keeping an eye on the fares and purchasing if you see them drop. 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.

    1. Hi NP,

      The Price Drop Payback travel voucher is only given if the same flight you purchased drops in price after you buy. To learn more about Price Drop Payback, you can read the terms here: http://bit.ly/1M4yOad Please let us know if you have any questions.

  39. We are looking at traveling to Guayaquil, Ecuador in April 2016. There are some pretty decent fares on American right now. Should we go ahead and book, or wait for possible price drops?

    1. Hi Alyssa,

      If you’re flexible with your dates, you can try using the CheapAir MapSearch. If you enter your home airport, you’ll be shown a map of top destinations and the lowest fares. If you scroll over to the Dominican Republic and click on the fare for Santo Domingo, you’ll be shown a calendar with the cheapest days. This is a great way to get an idea of costs for your dates. You can aim for the low season from May to August when prices will be cheaper. 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.

  40. Hello!

    Thanks for the great article. My mom and I are planning a trip to Peru on February 2016 for about 3 weeks stay. Based on the article i should be looking for the tickets around October. Is it possible to get higher rates on October since the holiday season is close? Also, is it true that tickets for the weekends are higher than weekdays? Because i was planning to leave a friday night or saturday and comeback a sunday.

    Thanks for your help!!

    1. Hi Maria,

      Where are you departing from? When traveling internationally it is best to check the fares early to get a good sense of the pricing. While our data shows that booking flights to South America about 3 months in advance is best, that’s actually a cumulative average based on many different routes. With that said, I would suggest checking the pricing now to see what fares are like. As far as the day of week goes, traveling during mid-week days versus weekends can save you money, but it depends. Ultimately being flexible with your dates and even airports is the best way to save the most money. The more restrictive you are the less options there are which means you should definitely buy early. If flexible, then you can wait out a little longer. 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.

  41. We are planning a trip from Boston to London & Ireland next summer 2016-dates are flexible, but after kids get out of school at end of June. When should we buy the tickets & what would be a decent fare? There are 4 of us. Would it be better to fly to Ireland or London first or does it really not make a difference? Also, do we buy tickets to fly between London & Dublin at the same time we buy the international flights? Thanks for any info and advice!

    1. Hi JulieP,

      Based on your destination and approximate travel dates, I would recommend booking around the new year. I would suggest monitoring the fares once they become available later this summer. A good deal on flights from Boston to London would be under $1000 when traveling during the peak summer months. I’d aim for as close to or under that as you can find. (It’s a good rule of thumb to always be ready to purchase just in case you find the flights you like at a great price.) Flying to Ireland is less expensive than London, but you can purchase a multi-city trip and compare the options depending on how many days you’re looking to stay at each destination. 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.

  42. Hi, my fiance and I are taking a cruise in Fiji for our honeymoon. We port in Brisbane and live in Orlando. It should be the second and third week of December. I know we should be buying tickets in the next few weeks, or now even, but what is a good price for that flight?

    1. Hi Tessa,

      A good deal for this route would be under $1700 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. However, since you’re traveling in December which is the summer season for Australia, fares will be higher due to the popular season. I’d absolutely recommend booking now or as soon as you can since we’re still about 6 months out. 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.

  43. Hi. My friend and I are planning to travel to South America this coming October. Should we wait or purchase our tickets now?

    1. Hi Edward,

      Thanks for providing us with that information. Based on your routing and approximate dates, I would recommend booking sooner than later. A good deal for flights for that route would be under $1000, so I’d aim for as close to or under that price. Keep in mind, the more flexible you are with your dates of travel, the more likely you are to find a cheaper fare. 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.

  44. Awesome blog! What would be a good time to book a return from DTW to BOM? I am planning to go over Christmas holidays and return back in first week of January.

    1. Hi AOTravelling,

      Due to the fact that you’re planning to travel over the Christmas and New Year holidays, I would recommend checking the fares now and booking early. The holiday season is a peak time for travel so just be mindful that fares are likely to be higher than normal depending on your exact dates. Due to that, I would caution to be flexible with your dates since you can save more money that way. And remember, you can shop in confidence 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.

  45. Hi.

    I live in Washington, D.C. area and have plan to go to Jakarta-Indonesia in July 10, can you find a cheapest airfare between $1,100 to $1,300?

    Please inform me asap!

    Thanks.

    MALIN.

    1. Hi Malin,

      Are you only flying one-way? If so, then flights are well under that price range. Otherwise, if you’re looking for a round-trip, the cheapest fares start from about $1300 and up. If you are planning to go, I would recommend booking sooner than later as fares are only going to get more expensive the closer we get to your departure date. 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.

  46. Hello! I am planning a family trip in early February 2015, traveling to San Juan from Philadelphia and returning from Miami to Philadelphia. When would be the best time to purchase these tickets? (Thank you!)

    1. Hi M,

      Depending on how many seats you’re looking for and whether you’re a little flexible with your dates, I’d recommend booking earlier than later. A good rule of thumb is to check the fares early and often to get a good sense of the costs. The more specific you are, the sooner I would suggest buying. Ultimately, I’d have your flights booked prior to December to be safe. 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.

  47. We are looking at traveling from SFO to Guayaquil, Ecuador in April 2016. There are some pretty decent fares on American and Copa right now. Should we go ahead and book, or wait for possible price drops?

    1. Hi Alan,

      Good deals for your route are priced below under $1000, so if you’re finding flights for less then I would recommend booking sooner than later. Unless you’re flexible with your dates and flight, I probably wouldn’t wait too long to book. Plus, 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.

  48. Hi,
    My boyfriend and I are looking to travel from JFK to Taipei leaving November 30th and returning around December 14th (return date is flexible). We were looking into a direct flight from eva air. The price has dropped significantly in the last couple months. Was wondering when the best time to buy would be since it’s still 5 1/2 months out and not peak season BUT it is international.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Erin,

      If you’ve noticed the price drop, then I’d buy… especially since you’re eying a non-stop/direct flight which there are limited flights for. I wouldn’t chance that the pricing will drop even more since the non-stop/direct flights tend to be more desirable. Plus, another advantage is 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/1Gtrzbd Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  49. Hi, I will be travelling from Vancouver to Lagos Nigeria December.
    When is the best time to book my flight and what is the cheapest round trip flight. Thanks

    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      Depending on when you’re planning to travel in December can really impact the costs. The further away from the peak holiday season the cheaper the flights will be. Due to this, I’d aim for traveling the first week or two in December. A good deal for this route would be priced below $1100, so I’d aim for as close to that as you can find. Ultimately, I’d suggest booking 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.

  50. I am going the other way around. I live in Ireland and want to go to Denver first week of january and back to Ireland first week in feb. When would be best time to get my airline ticket?

    1. Hi Kristin,

      Since you’re looking to depart the first week of January (right after the new year), you might want to book sooner than later. Fares around holidays are more expensive, so the further out from the New Year holiday you depart, the more likely you’ll find a cheaper fare. If possible, I’d aim to depart anytime after Jan 10th. Good deals for this route are priced below $800, so I’d aim to get as close to or under that price as you can find. 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.

  51. If I were to book a flight to Sydney, Australia, for the month of February, dates would be February 9, 2016 to February 23, 2016. What would be the cheapest ticket prices I could get and how far in advanced would you suggest I book my tickets. Thank You.

  52. Hi, I will be traveling from Bahrain to LA on December 4 till Dec 31.
    When is the best time to book my flight and what is the cheapest round trip flight. Thanks

    1. Hi Falah,

      Based on your dates and routing, I would strongly encourage you to book sooner than later. Since you’re looking to travel during the month of December, which the last two weeks are the peak holiday season, fares will be high. Combine that with the fact that you’re traveling internationally and you’d definitely want to book well in advance. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1MFSfWj 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.

  53. Good day cheapair,

    In mid-April of next year, my wife and I plan to travel from San Francisco, California to Costa Rica for one week (arriving at the Liberia International Airport). We started researching round trip airfares for one-stop routes to Costa Rica (Liberia International Airport), and they currently hover around $925.00 for our selected dates.

    Is this airfare reasonable? Should we book now?

    Thank you in advance for all your help! It is truly appreciated.

    Michael

    1. Hi Michael,

      Costa Rica’s peak season runs from late November to late April, so fares will be higher during this time than at other times throughout the year. A good deal for this route would be under $700, so I’d aim for as close to that as you can find. (Keep in mind, the more flexible you are the more likely you’ll get a cheaper fare.) Another thing to consider is the more restrictive you are with your flight times, airlines, etc… the sooner you should buy. Ultimately, I’d aim to have your flights booked by the new year to be safe. I’d encourage you to check the fares often and be prepared to purchase if you find flights you like at a price that’s cheap. 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.

  54. HI!….I am a college student looking for a deal on my travel plans to Jamaica on Dec 17 or 18 to January 4,5,6 or 7…..I have been monitoring the deals but I am not sure when is the best time to book the flight and which one of the days listed are best inorder to get a good deal. Any help will be truly appreciated

    1. Hi Peta-Gaye,

      Where are you departing from? Since you’re looking to travel around the holidays, you will want to book sooner than later. I’d suggest checking the fares now to get a sense of the costs. Since Jamaica’s high season begins in December, booking early would be wise. 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.

  55. We are traveling to Australia in Dec 2016 (Seattle to CNS (Cairns) and return HBA (Hobart) to Seattle) Dec 21, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017. When is the best time to buy tickets for a family of 4? Looking at maybe bumping up to Business class for the flight length. Thank you!

    1. Hi Jackiejemm,

      Airlines don’t release flight schedules and pricing until 330 days out from the current date, so for your flights in December 2016 won’t be available until about February 2016. With that said, since you’re set on your dates and traveling around the peak holiday season, it would be wise to book early. It would be wise to check the fares early and often to get a good sense of the costs. If you’re planning to book business class, then you have more time for purchasing, but I would still recommend booking earlier than later since you’re looking for 4 seats. I’d recommend having the flights booked by at least 6 months prior to your departure, but you’ll likely want to book earlier than 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.

      1. Thank you so much! Very helpful. I will definitely be booking through cheapair. I really appreciate all of the great information.

  56. Hi cheapair, I will be traveling this coming August 14, 2015 and return September 11, 2015 for a connecting flights from Philippines to Singapore to Perth, Australia. When is the best time to book a cheapest round trip ticket? Pls help! Thanks!

    1. Hi Jav, While most of our historical data is for U.S. or Canadian based originating cities, I think we can make a few recommendations that might help you in planning/purchasing tickets. Because we have less than two months until you are scheduled to travel, you should definitely start researching fares right now. It is possible that prices may go down, but highly unlikely this close to travel. In addition, you might find better airfares if you avoid traveling on the weekend. In the U.S. the best fares tend to be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – avoiding high volume travel days over weekends will usually save some money. I hope this helps! Please let us know if we can over any other assistance.

  57. Hi there. Thanks for your informative website. My husband and I are looking at airfare from Baltimore to Chile over christmas and new years (2 weeks total). I know you said generally to wait until about 100 days in advance of the trip to book for this region, but how does the seasonality come into play given that it is there summer? We are seeing $1220 airfare now, and I really don’t know how much lower it will go. It is about $1220 from NYC, DC area and much more out of Philly, so we will stick with BWI.
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Maire, If it was not the busy holiday season you were booking, I would say you have plenty of time to research and book your flights (and that the prices could go down). Our historical data shows that late summer is the best time to book holiday travel, but that most people tend to book very late (October and even November seems to be the norm). Don’t wait that long if you’re trying to get a good price. You will likely shave some additional cost off the ticket price if you caan avoid the busiest days of the week (Friday-Sunday) and book a Tuesday or Wednesday departure/return. In any event, because you’re looking to fly at a very busy time – you’re right to be looking now.

  58. Hello, three of my friends and I are planning on a three month trip to India, Nepal, Myanmar and Thailand. We are looking into departing from SFO airport around October 27, 2015 and flying into New Delhi, India, and returning around end of January 2016 (flexible return date). Can you please let us know when is a good time for us to purchase our RT ticket? We will end up in Bangkok in January so we would also need to buy a one-way ticket from Bangkok to catch the return from from Delhi to SFO. Thank you for your helpful article!

    1. Hi Phan, Last year of all the flights to Asia, our data shows that 318 days in advance will get you the best fare (on average). Don’t despair though! Although you’re getting started a little late, there is still time to get tickets at a good rate. I wouldn’t wait too much longer to purchase though. Another good point in your favor is that October 27 is a great day to travel (it’s a Tuesday, typically a day that will give you good savings for air travel). If you can make your return on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you’ll likely save some money too. Good luck on your search!

  59. my husband and i are planning to go to singapore during chinese new year next year. it’ll be around feb 8 2016. we want to arrive around feb 1 and stay for about 3 weeks. chinese new year is a major holiday in singapore.

    1. would that impact ticket prices and when to book? singaporeans do take advantage of the 2-day public holidays (4 days including the weekends) to take small trips (usually regionally in asia). i can’t think of a huge exodus of people from the US visiting singapore during chinese new year, that would impact it like going to europe during summertime.

    2. i have enough miles to redeem a free ticket for myself on united airline. however, will need to buy a ticket for my husband. does availability for redeeming ticket apply the same way as buying a ticket in terms of the timing? i may be able to redeem a free ticket now, but the pricing on united may not be the best to buy an international ticket now and obviously i would like us both to fly on the same flight. what advice do you have for redeeming 1 ticket and buying the other for Feb to Singapore next year?
    thanks!

    1. Hi Daphne, Great questions. Yes – though a mass exodus of Americans going to Singapore is not likely, there may be increased traffic to Singapore based on Singaporeans going home for the holidays. Any increase in demand (real or perceived) can have an impact on flight costs (especially surrounding large national/international holidays). The good news is that you’re not shopping last minute so you have some time to shop/do some additional research. As far as the miles question – you should probably take this question directly to United. If I had to guess, you should book the miles ticket first (because often the flights that will apply those miles are limited). Then, once you book the miles ticket, you can see if you are able to get your husband on the same flight. The Miles agent might be able to help you cobble it together. Hope this helps!

  60. I have to travel to london on 29th february 2016 to attend conference from mumbai when should i book flight ticket to get cheap fair

    1. Hi Sunil,

      Is this only for a one-way? If so, you still have plenty of time to continue to monitor the fares. Currently, one-way fares are starting from around $400. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1FBGYRA If you have a certain flight or airline in mind, then you may want to book early. Otherwise, if you’re open to flight times and airlines, then you can hold off and keep an eye on the fares more. For a round-trip, good deals for this route are priced below $800, not including any baggage fees that may apply. 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! With Price Drop Payback, you can feel confident buying early. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  61. My wife and I have a trip to Scotland planned September 18 to the 28th. Just looking for inexpensive flights and not having much luck. We we were hoping to do a layover in Iceland on the way too. Thoughts on best flights would be appreciated. Thanks

  62. I’m going back to Philippines December 20 and coming back January 5, 2015. From San Francisco to Manila and back. When is the best time to book?

    1. Hi Lani,

      Booking soon would be wise. The dates you’re traveling on are near the peak holiday season so booking well in advance is the smart move. I’d suggest checking the fares now and booking early. A typical good deal for your route would be below $800. However, since you’re traveling during the peak holiday season, fares will be a lot more than what is available during off peak times. If you can find flights for under $1300, I’d suggest booking them. I’d monitor the fares a little longer, but be sure to not wait too long since they are likely to keep increasing. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1Jtvurj 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.

  63. Hi! I’m looking to buy a flight from amsterdam to Bangkok for the 1st week of februari 2016, when is the best time to buy a ticket?

    M.v.g.

    1. Hi Camilla,

      I’d continue to monitor the fares a little more. A good deal on flights for your route would be under $650, not including any baggage fees that may apply. I’d recommend being prepared to buy if you find the flights you want at 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.

  64. i am looking to book flight from NYC to Rome March 18th – March 26th. When would be best time to book, direct flights are pretty pricey now , but traveling with 2 young kids so that is the easiest. Thanks!
    Antonio

    1. Hi Antonio,

      I would recommend booking sooner than later. The main reasons for booking early are you’re traveling internationally, looking for direct/non-stop flights, and have multiple seats you’re looking for. Direct and non-stop flights tend to be more expensive, but also more popular due to their convenient schedules. In reviewing your route, a good deal for a non-stop/direct flight would be under $1300 per adult. While discounted fares are available for children flying internationally, the discounts vary from airline to airline and are not offered on all flights. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1IH0EFK 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.

  65. Hello,
    I am planning to go to Spain the last week of november 2015 until the First week of January departing from Mexico, When do you think is the best time to get my ticket?
    Thanks!
    Cecilia

    1. Hi Cecilia,

      I’d recommend booking sooner than later. The dates you’re looking around are peak holiday times, so booking earlier than later would be wise. 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.

  66. Hello, My family and I will be traveling to Spain (Madrid) over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday (11/21 – 11/28) and were wondering when the best time to buy the tickets would be? The prices right are around $1300 so just curious if I should hold out a little longer to book. Thanks!

    1. Hi Ken,

      Where are you departing from? Since you’re traveling during a holiday, I would recommend booking your flights sooner than later. Airlines will increase the costs of flights during holidays since they are peak seasons. It’s likely the fares will only get more expensive, especially as we near closer to your dates. 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.

  67. Hi
    I wish to fly in November 2015 from India to USA and fly back in January 2016 first week.

    Should I wait for prices to go down or 1200 USD a good price for an airline like a Lufthansa ?

    1. Hi Samarth,

      Where in India are you departing from and where in the USA are you heading to? Without knowing the exact cities, it’s difficult to check the pricing.

  68. My parents are planning to fly out from bangalore(India) around 30th sept of 2015 for atlanta, US and return back around March 23 2016. The ticket prices for 1 stop flights with layover time of around 3-4 hours is roughly $1260. Should I wait some more or is this a good price considering I am already pretty late in booking?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Anand,

      Good deals for this route are priced below $1200, so I’d say what you’re finding is pretty good. I wouldn’t hold off too much longer with your purchase. The longer you wait, the more risk you take with the fares increasing and the flights selling out. 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 Samarth,

      Good deals for this route are priced below $1300, so I’d say what you’re finding is a pretty good price. Since you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to book sooner than later. In checking the fares, the dates appear pretty open, but I’d aim for departing and returning on a Tuesday or Wednesday since those days look a little cheaper. The further out from the New Year holiday you go the cheaper fares will be. I’d definitely lock in your flights now while you have the options. 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.

  69. Hello. I am planning to book a trip to Puerto Rico for February 25-29 2016. When do you think is the best time to book?

    1. Hi Nina,

      Where are you departing from? Based on your dates, I would recommend checking fares early and often. You’ll definitely want to have your flights booked by the new year to be safe. 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! This helps when you’re unsure when to buy since if you do buy too early, we’ll give you money back. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  70. We are planning on a family vacation in June of 2016 to the Punta Cana D.R. We are coming from different parts of the US. 2 groups will be out of Chicago and 2 out of Texas when would be the best time to purchase our airline tickets

    1. Hi Eva,

      I’d suggest check the fares early and often to get a good sense of the pricing. Depending on how many seats you need, you may want to book early too since the longer you potentially wait, the more risk you run of the cheapest seats selling out. Since June is right before the peak season, I’d suggest having your flights booked by the new year to be safe. 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.

  71. Hi,
    I’m planning a open jaw trip from Miami to Vietnam (possible go to the phillipines or Cambodia) then back to Orlando roughly between Thanksgiving and the first week of December 2015
    I wont have the money to start paying for these airfares until Late august, will prices be too high by then?
    Ive also found that non open jaw trips are a lot cheaper, idk how to go about it

    1. Hi Lee,

      Based on your routing and dates, I would recommend booking sooner than later. The holidays are the busiest time for air travel so booking earlier is recommended. Add that you’re traveling internationally and you’ll definitely want to have your flights booked sooner than later. I’d price out your routes and see what the costs are. Keep in mind the more flexible you can be with your dates and flight times, the more likely you’ll find a cheaper airfare. One advantage of booking with CheapAir is 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.

  72. Hello. I am planning to book a trip from Salt lake city to Mumbai(India) for 12/16/2015-1/20/2016. When do you think is the best time to book?

    1. Hi Vinay,

      Based on your routing and dates, I would recommend booking sooner than later. When traveling internationally, it is wise to book well in advance. Currently, we are about 5 months out from your departure in December, so I’d say to book your flights within the next couple months to be safe. 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.

  73. im planning on going to mexico dec 20-jan 3 and the prices are looking around 800$ departing from atlanta ga landing either in monterry mex or torreon mex . should i wait to buy the tickets? will the prices continue to increase? i know its christmas and new year holidays and i know the prices tend to be high.

    1. Hi Lizbeth,

      Due to your dates being during the peak holiday season, I would advise to book your flights early. It’s not likely that fares will decrease for those peak dates since the airlines know that people will be traveling for the holidays. 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.

  74. Hello, My husband and I are planning a trip to Chennai, India from Atlanta. We are planning to leave from Atl on 29 Jan 2016 and returning back on 7 Feb. The current prices are $1485..is this a good fare or should we wait more?

    1. Hi Kay,

      Good deals for this route are below $1350 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Since you’re traveling internationally, I would recommend booking early, at least 4 months prior or more. I’d be sure to have your flights booked by November to be safe. 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.

  75. When is the best time to fly to London from Newark or Philadelphia for the lowest possible price? I was thinking of going to London and then an Eurostar trip to Paris or vice versa. What do you recommend?

    1. Hi Johnny,

      If you are completely flexible with your dates, then I would recommend using the CheapAir MapSearch: http://bit.ly/1zfNOhJ You can enter your home city and see a map of destinations world-wide and the cheapest fares to those destinations. If you scroll to California and select the city you’re interested in and click the fare, you’ll be shown a calendar showing you the cheapest dates to fly. I would suggest booking your flights at least 4 months in advance to be safe. The cheapest seasons would be during the winter after the holidays. 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.

  76. We are traveling from CMH to SJO Dec. 28-Jan. 4. Unfortunately those dates aren’t flexible. Is it too early to book our flight?

    1. Hi Donna,

      Since you’re not flexible with your dates of travel and traveling during the New Years holiday, I would recommend booking sooner than later. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1KkOatx 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.

  77. Hi, my husband and are I are looking at traveling to Canada from Perth,Australia for 4 weeks from around the middle of June 2016. Do you advise us to book earlier rather than later with it being high season? and would you recommend a particular airline for value?

    1. Hi Lynne,

      Due to your traveling internationally, it is recommended to check the fares early and often to get a good sense of the costs. Since you’re not traveling till mid-June 2016, you’ll need to wait a couple more weeks or so since airlines only release flight schedules 330 days out from the current date. Depending on your exact arrival city in Canada, airlines that would be good are: Virgin Australia, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Qantas, and China Southern Airlines. 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.

  78. My husband and I are going to Glasgow, Scotland on 7/28/2016 returning from Edinburgh on 8/10/2016 …. I know flight information is not available yet but I’ve look at flights to and from those cities using 2015 dates …. my question: Would it be less expensive to fly from Nashville, Tenn or Atlanta, GA?

    Linda :o)

    1. Hi Linda,

      Since we cannot check your exact dates yet, it’s difficult to say which will be cheaper. In checking some random dates, we’re finding that Nashville is cheaper at time and then again Atlanta is cheaper. So really, I would recommend checking the fares once they become available in October 2015. Since you’re traveling during the peak summer season, I would stress booking earlier than later. I’d be sure to have your flights booked by the New Year to be safe. Please let us know if you have any questions or need help finding flights when they become available.

  79. My husband ,myself and 4 year old kid is planning to travel cochin,india next year from michigan,usa .We don’t have a travel date as such.I would like to know what would be the best time where we will get the low fare.

    I just checked online and got 1070$ to and fro/person in february.Will it be too early to book it now or do we have to wait for the price drop.

    1. Hi Vineetha, As you know from reading out post – we are recommending 318 days out as an average optimal time to book flights to Asia. So in your case, it’s definitely not too early to start shopping. If I were in your shoes, I might monitor the fares for a week or so and then book. But even 7 months out – you’re likely to see prices climb before they dip. Other things to think about – are there any festivals or national holidays going on in Cochin that could drive up demand/price? if not, I say watch the fares for a short time and then book.

  80. Hi, I am planning a family trip (4ppl, 2 adults) from Nicaragua (MGA) to LAX on May 16.
    I’ve been following a UA tickets prices on rGoogle flights for few weeks now and the price dropped in almost $500 of the total amount offered a month ago (~685pp) . Should I wait or buy? there are 10 months, is it possible that the price will drop even further? now the price is ~600$ the Avg price is ~$650-700.
    appreciate your advice.

    1. Hi Pita,

      Based on what you’re seeing, I would recommend booking sooner than later. A good deal for flights would be below $550, so if you’re finding $600, I’d buy.. especially since you need 4 seats. Another advantage of booking now is 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.

  81. Hello – two of us are flying U.S. domestic EWR to DFW — Fri 4/1/16 – Mon 4/4/16 — right now cheapest non-stop round trip is about $400 per person… i’m gathering you would advise waiting for domestic prices to come down? Thanks for your time and help. It’s really nice how you’ve been responding to everyone here in the comments section.

    1. Hi Dean,

      If you’re only shopping for non-stop flights, then you actually may want to book earlier than later. That’s not to say you should buy right now, but the non-stop flights are more desirable and there’s usually not a lot of them so reserving your seat early is smart. $400 isn’t a bad price for non-stop by the way. 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/1MvRjr4 (FYI – You can filter the flights by stops and flight times.) Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  82. I am thinking of traveling from Pittsburgh, PA to Athens Greece next October. When is the best time to purchase tickets and to get a sale. Are there sales for this trip?
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Ann,

      Airlines only release flight schedules 330 days out from the current date, so you wouldn’t be able to view flights until December 2015. Once they do become available, I would recommend checking the fares to get a good sense of the costs. Currently, a good deal for this route would be under $1400, not including any baggage fees that may apply. I’d aim for as close to or under that as you can find. If you can be flexible with your dates and flight time, you can find the cheapest options. 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.

  83. Im looking to go CUN, MX , departing from MDE, Colombia. from Dec1-Dec8th. I saw the prices 350-375, and went up $70-$80. I need to save as much as possible from the start. I finally took care of the hotel reservations, but when should i purchase air tickets for 2? should they be going down a bit before the 3 month mark?

    1. Hi Diego, Thanks for reading our post. Keep in mind that our recommendations are based on averages and estimates. In your case, speaking about flying to Mexico in December (a busy time for holiday travel), I wouldn’t wait and here is why. The average best time to buy a ticket to Mexico from the States is 251 days (see our chart in the post). That’s actually 8 months out. So we are already well within that time frame. In addition, you mention you’ve been tracking the fares and you’ve seen them climb $70-80. That is not a great sign that the prices will dip. In fact, if I had to guess I would say that from here on out you’re going to see the prices continue to climb. Purchase soon – if you buy with us we offer Price Drop Payback which protects your ticket up to $100 for future travel http://bit.ly/18QdEIH. Good luck! Cancun is amazing!

    2. Hi Diego,

      Based on your dates and routing, I would book your flights sooner than later. The advantage to booking early is 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.

  84. I am planning to travel to India from USA in mid December 2015 for a month.When is the best time to book the tickets?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Witty,

      Based on your dates and that you’re traveling internationally, I would advise to book sooner than later. The later in December the closer it is to the peak holiday season so I’d aim to avoid those dates as well as the New Year. 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.

  85. Planning to go to Manila, Philippines between October 8-11, 2015 until about December 9-12,2015. When would I find the best prices? And if I find something cheap, should i book it already? I am leaving from Detroit, MI
    Thank You!

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Since you’re aiming to depart internationally within two and a half months, you should book right now. Fares are not going to get any cheaper since we’re nearing the departure date. If you can be somewhat flexible with your dates, you can save some money there. Plus, 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.

  86. I’m planning a trip to the Raleigh region in North Carolina this December (around the 19th until around the 6th of January) and I was wondering when the optimum time to book a flight is. I was thinking of booking now seeing as $501 is the cheapest flight I can find (to Greensboro), but I was wondering if prices ever drop below that (for any of the international airports in the region). Thanks.

    1. Hi Mimi, Your instincts are spot-on. Our aim is to always get you a very good fare – if you’re trying to get the BEST fare, it’s tough to do. If you have been monitoring fares for a while and you see they are starting to climb (or they seem to have been at a static place for a while), it’s probably a good time to buy. Sometimes airlines lower rates the closer we get to travel, but around the holidays it happens very rarely. The dates you are traveling are literally some of the most expensive days to travel all year (this is using historic booking data). Our advice is to book soon!

  87. Hi!

    My question is, am I late? I’m living abroad (PTY) traveling to the US the week before Christmas, I have found tickets starting $1400

    Am I still on time or I will need to pay more than $800

    1. Hi Jude,

      Where are you going in the US exactly? Is that the one way or RT price you’ve found? I think flights around Christmas are always going to be more expensive than tickets you might purchase at any other time of the year, but it’s hard to say without knowing a bit more specific information. Our aim is to always get you a very good fare – if you’re trying to get the BEST fare, it’s tough to do. If you have been monitoring fares for a while and you see they are starting to climb (or they seem to have been at a static place for a while), it’s probably a good time to buy. Sometimes airlines lower rates the closer we get to travel, but around the holidays it happens very rarely. The dates you are traveling are literally some of the most expensive days to travel all year (this is using historic booking data). Our advice is to book soon!

  88. My GF and i are flying to Ho Chi Min City from Dulles on December 3 return the 14th. 10 days ago we could get round trip on Air China for $650 which included around $400 in fees and taxes. I should have jumped on it but alas i didn’t and now they are $886. Should i bite the bullet? Also, what do you think a good bid is for a decent shot at business?

    1. Hi Michael, Yes! Your instincts are spot on – don’t wait. We usually recommend people watch and monitor fares for spikes and dips. It’s the best way to get a feel for what a “good fare” is. Believe it or not, $886 is still pretty dark good. I’ve seen fares for $1200-1400. Once fares start to rise, it is VERY RARE that they turn around (or that last minute deals pop up).

  89. Hi cheapair,
    Should I book tickets asap for boston, usa to cebu,philippines ,dates jan 2016? I wonder if I wait 3 months from now they will be super expensive? Pls give me some insight, thanks.

    1. Hi Frances, We really recommend booking about 9 months out for the best average flight price to Asian destinations. Of course, this is not a blanket statement (across all destinations). It also depends on which part of the month and what cultural events or holidays might be going on in Cebu on the dates you plan to travel. I cannot recommend waiting until October to book if price is your main factor. The likelihood of you getting a great deal falls with every week you wait. If you’re not convinced, track fares for the dates you would like to travel and see if the trend is going down or up in price. If you see small increases or decreases, that can be an indicator of when you should buy. I definitely would buy sooner than later, however. Good luck on your search!

  90. Hi there!

    Flying from Austin, TX to Amsterdam Nov 21st – 28th.

    Fares have been at $1,196 and today are $1,055.

    What are the usual/good fares for this flight?? Should I book asap or wait a little?

    1. Hi Naomi, If you are seeing fares go down that is a positive (and slightly unusual) sign! While I wouldn’t wait too long (we recommend 276 days on average to European destinations for the best fare and we are already well inside that timeframe), prices did go down on the routes you are following. It is tricky because odds are that others are also tracking your itinerary so I would probably snap up anything around $1000 (that is a good fare). Good luck to you!

  91. Hey!

    I’m planning a trip for 2 to Grenada (Caribbean) for August 2016. I’d love to leave out of Missoula, MT, but I’m willing to fly out of Denver if it’s a great deal cheaper (like, enough to cover round trip flights from Missoula to Denver!). August appears to be the off -season for Grenada, and I’m wondering how much the “off-season” affects the sweet spot travel window. Any information or advice you can provide will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

    1. Hi Amanda, Well, the great news is that you are starting your planning very early. It’s somewhat difficult to do an apples to apples comparison because if I look at fares for August this year and compare them to next, it doesn’t really work. We’re already in “Last Minute” mode for travel this year and next year’s prices are too far out at the moment to be accurate. I can tell you that when I looked at dates in September, it did look like you’d see a significant savings by booking from Denver instead of Missoula. Missoula to Grenada fares were $2200+ for one ticket and the Denver to Grenada tickets were $874. Adding in an additional flight from Missoula to Denver will cost you $300 extra a ticket – so seems to be the best savings on the face of it. But – don’t forget that flight schedules might impact this as well. It’s possible that the flights from Denver to Grenada only operate on certain days of the week, or there could her one flight out in the early morning. If you have to overnight in order to make the Denver to Grenada flight, then we have to start adding in hotel and (possibly) car rental/uber/cab fares. It can start to add up.

  92. Hi,

    I am planning a trip from Chicago Ohare to London Heathrow 11/19/2015-11/27/2015. I have found tickets for around 870 and was wondering if i still have time to wait to see if the price will go down?

    thanks,

    1. Hi Peter, this is always a loaded question. We really recommend booking about 8 months out for the best average flight price to European destinations. Of course, this is not a blanket statement (across all destinations). It also depends on which part of the month and what cultural events or holidays might be going on the dates you plan to travel (this is Thanksgiving week here, so will see increased outbound vacation travel). I cannot recommend waiting to book if price is your main factor. $870 is a solid fare. The likelihood of you getting a great deal falls with every week you wait. If you’re not convinced, track fares for the dates you would like to travel and see if the trend is going down or up in price. If you see small increases or decreases, that can be an indicator of when you should buy. I definitely would buy sooner than later, however. Good luck on your search!

      1. Hello! I’m looking to buy two tickets from Atlanta to Glasgow, Scotland for April 2016. The flight I’m looking at is $1170 currently. Being 8 months out exactly, I think I should pounce soon. But do you think I should try to wait about a month to see if they lower the price for the end of the quarter? Thanks!

        1. Hi Rachel, I think you are probably safe to “watch and wait.” Notice I didn’t just say “wait.” Since you are already shopping and researching, and our “when to buy” international stats are based on averages for many routes, the eight months is really more of a guideline than a hard rule. So keep tracking the fares. If you notice it starts to go up or down that would be the ideal moment to pounce, because you know that you’re getting a good fare. I should also mention that $1000-1100 is not a bad fare in the current market conditions from ATL. Good luck!

  93. Hello Cheapair,

    I need some airline ticket buying advice. I am going to Guatemala in Central America from 12/17/15 to 1/4/16 and I wanted to know when it is the best time to book my international flight for the best rate. I will be departing from Raleigh, NC. It is the first time I book an international flight. Please advice. Thank you.

    1. Hi Eddie, It’s definitely not too early to be beginning your research, especially since you’re planning travel during the holiday season, when prices are higher. 4 months out is about where we suggest you buy, so if you start watching fares closely for the nest few weeks, you should start to get an idea of price fluctuations. If prices are holding steady, you can hold off., If you see prices start to go up or down, that is an indicator that it might be a good time to buy. Good luck to you!

  94. Hi there!

    My fiance and I are looking to book a trip to Costa Rica for our upcoming honeymoon. We are hoping to travel from Albuquerque, NM to San Jose on 9/28/15, and return on 10/7/15. Our plans were up in the air for a while, so here we are with very little time to schedule our trip. We saw tickets on sale for $519 round trip a few days ago, but wanted to check out return policies before we made a purchase. Now the lowest tickets are $636. Should we go ahead and snatch tickets up before they continue to get higher, or do you think they might get lower again? Thanks!

    1. Hi Cameron, Buy now. Your instincts are correct. This close to travel the odds of the ticket price going back down are not good. Airlines price a certain number of seats on each plane at each price point. If you’re seeing prices climb, it is likely that they have sold out in one category and are now selling at the next threshold. It’s all supply and demand. In very rare instances, you might see a last minute sale to fill seats, but that is really a longshot for the most part. If you book with CheapAir, we do offer something called our Price Drop Payback, which protects your ticket price up to $100. So, if after you purchase the ticket price goes down, we will give you a credit for up to $100 a ticket for future travel. It’s a pretty cool way to ease those “Am I getting the best price?” fears. You can read more about it here: http://bit.ly/18QdEIH. Best of luck to you!

  95. I am planning a month long trip to Peru in December. I would like to leave somewhere around the 20th and come back around January 16th, so about a month. I was planning to buy my ticket in November because I will know by then if I still want to go or not to visit a friend. Will the prices increase that drastically by then? Right now I am seeing tickets for $1000 out of ORD and I will only pay up to $1500. I am scared of buying a ticket now and then not going, any advice would be helpful.

    1. Hi Hayley, I’m sure there will be availability to Peru in December but I am also certain that the fares will be much higher if you wait until November to buy. We recommend that you purchase your ticket to South America (on average) about 96 days from travel to get the best price. So using that guideline, you should really purchase early to mid-September. Because we are always see increased travel around the holidays, that drives prices up the closer to travel dates we get. Perhaps in your instance the best plan is to purchase a refundable ticket – it will be a bit more expensive to do so, but if you aren’t going to know until November, it might be the best way to insure you don’t overpay.

  96. Hi Cheapair,

    I am trying to find a good Airticket price to Nigeria for 2016 around June and return around August. I know I can’t begin looking yet, but I want a great price for the ticket. I have never booked a ticket before therefore I’m skeptical. I don’t know the cheapest prices on flights to Nigeria but right now in a 3 month gap I see a 1700 USD price, which is kind of high for me. I plan on starting to search for flights around November because then I can get my return date. Could you please tell me the flight ticket price range to Nigeria and when do you recommend I begin searching for tickets? Thank you in advance and for all your help.

    1. Hi Winnie, what city are you leaving from? That will help me determine a “good” price from that market. It is a bit early to be booking a flight,but not by much. We recommend booking about 8 months out for flights to Africa. using that guideline, you should plan to purchase a ticket in late fall (around November) to get the best price. So this fits in well with the plan you already have. I have to say that $1,700 does sound a bit high. Let us know what the departing city is and I can see if I can get a bit more information for you. Flights from New York (and other east coast destinations) usually return the best fares.

  97. Hi Cheapair,

    I plan to visit Bangkok, Thailand with my 2 children (10 and 12 y/o) in June 2016 and fly back in July 2016. How far advance should I purchase the airline tickets in order to get a cheapest price?

    1. Hi Anissa, We recommend purchasing tickets to Asia about 318 days in advance (on average). That’s almost a full year in advance. I would definitely start the serious search now. If you can tell us what city you’re flying out of I might be able to give you a little more specific advice. Best of luck to you!

  98. I want to travel to West Africa (Liberia) around November 15 from Indianapolis IN. and return in one month time.When is the best time to buy my ticket? My dates are very flexible.

    1. Hi Samuel, are you traveling this November? If so, you should be looking right now. We usually suggest people book about 8 months out to get the best average fare. We’re not working with that sort of window if your trip is coming up. Also, November and December are busier times to travel because of the holidays in the U.S. Your prices are going to continue to rise the longer you wait – good luck to you!

  99. Hi, I intend to travel to France and Spain by Apr-May 2016 and I am wondering by when should I book the ticket. Please share your suggestions.

    1. For Europe in general from the North America, we recommend booking about 9 months out (on average) to get the best price. So, you’re right to be looking at the moment. On occasion, airlines will have sales around the winter holidays for spring, so if you feel like gambling, you might wait a bit longer to see if any of the major carriers offer sales to Europe on the dates you are thinking of traveling. It’s usually less expensive to travel on a weekday (Tuesdays and Wednesdays are best), and the more flexible you can be, the better your chances of getting a cheaper fare. I hope this information helps. Good luck to you.

    1. Hello Jeet, We advise booking about 318 days from travel to destinations in Asia (this is an average for all Asian destinations), but you see that we are already well within that window. Also, you’re looking for flights during some of the busiest travel dates for U.S. citizens. You should definitely be booking soon – another reason to book soon is that there is much more limited offerings per plane in business class and you are traveling with a party of 5. I see business class seats available for around $5000 with Qatar that has just one stop. You can get flights for as low as $3600 RT if you’re willing to mix airlines and take a two stop flight with Air Canada on your return as well. I can send you specific itineraries if you’d like, or you can search on our site at http://cheapair.com. Good luck to you!

  100. We(2) are planning a trip to see our daughter in Germany. We are leaving from Orlando,Fl. We are flexible on the dates. We would like to be in Germany over the Christmas Holiday-it is her 40th birthday and she is in the service. What would be the best times and the average price of tickets? Thank you

    1. Hi Diane, we actually recommend purchasing tickets to Europe about 9 months out to get the cheapest fare. You’re also looking to fly at one of the busiest/most expensive times for leisure travel. Having said that, all is not lost but you should plan to purchase as soon as you can. There are a few things you can do to maximize your chances of saving some money. For example, if you choose midweek travel days rather than weekends, you can shave some cost off tickets sometimes. It’s also always better to be flexible on connections (non stops are the most expensive, obviously. Start adding connections and the fares start to get cheaper). You can also save by mixing airlines. I could give you a better idea of fares if I knew which airport in Germany you needed to fly into. Let us know and I can probably get some more intel for you.

  101. My wife are planning to travel from Panama to Las Vegas in the second week of December. We plan a 2 week stay, returning the day before Christmas. The airline prices appear to slightly rising over the past month. Would you suggest this needs to be booked sooner than later? Interestingly, it also appears to be cheaper to have two separate bookings, only book one flight at a time.

    1. Hi Frans, Yes, “slightly rising prices” are an indicator that you should buy now rather than waiting. What is likely occurring is that the airlines are selling out each price category (and continuing to fill airplanes). When the prices start to creep, it’s the exact scenario in which you are not likely to see the prices dip again. When you add in the fact that you’re traveling around the holidays, it’s going to be a situation in which the prices are definitely going to continue to climb. If you were to purchase now, you should feel confident that you’re getting a good deal. And we always suggest trying to get a “good” deal rather than the lowest possible fare. Holding out for the “best” fare can backfire – the days when airlines drop prices closer to travel are really mostly a thing of the past. The number of planes/routes/available seats is a pretty exact science – if you’re aiming for a good value – you should buy sooner versus later. Not exactly sure what would be causing the prices to be less booking outbound and return separately – if you’re booking two different airlines, that may have something to do with it.

      1. Thank-you for your response. Regarding the different prices, what I meant by that is that when looking at a single seat return airfare it was slightly less expensive than when looking for two return tickets on the same booking. Consequently, it seems it would be better to have two separate bookings for the same flights for the wife & I.

  102. We are looking at flights from IAD-STT in November the week before Thanksgiving. We traveled last year around this same time and had direct flights on United for ~$450 RT that we booked about 2 months out. At the time that seemed like a great deal so I am wondering if we were just super lucky and should not expect to find that again. I’ve been looking for a few weeks and originally United was showing 0 flights to STT on our dates (not even including connections) and all the other airlines offered connecting flights for almost twice that. Now United is showing some options but they are about double what we paid last time and only direct flights on Sat (we have to depart on Sunday 11/22). I found this website that lists direct flights (http://info.flightmapper.net/route/United_Airlines_UA_IAD_STT) and it shows dates when United offers flights other than Saturday and our dates are currently not included. The fact that no flights were on the UA website at all a few weeks ago has me wondering if they will add more direct flights in the coming weeks. Also wondering opinion about waiting to see if pricing goes down. Based on this article it seems like no, especially because our travel is near the holiday. If I were to book today I would book one way home on united for the direct flight and one way there on Delta which seems to offer the best connection as far as layover/arrival time… but we are traveling with kids and obviously would prefer no connection at all. Thanks for any advice.

    1. Hi Karen, I wish I had a definitive answer for you. I’m not sure of your return date so it makes it hard for me to give you the best possible fares that I can see on my end, but it does look like you’ve done all of your due diligence. I don’t think you should ascribe the change in price from last year to this as being “super lucky.” In general, airfares are more expensive this year than they were last year across the board – domestic and international. Last year with all of the unfortunate commercial aviation incidents, there were fewer people traveling. This year, the demand has skyrocketed back up and airlines have rebounded with higher fares. I’m not super familiar with your specific itinerary, but if United has cut their routes/itineraries that could also be a reason that the fares are higher. Less availability means more demand. I wouldn’t rule out their adding flights (because if the demand is there, well…you get where I am going), but I wouldn’t hope for it. We always advise people to look for a “good” fare rather than the best fare. We also recommend mixing up airlines if getting the best deal is the main factor for you. I always like to remind people, though, (especially around the holidays) that flight delays when you’ve got connections on travel days can quickly make a deal when you’re booking (saving $20 or so bucks a ticket), seem like less of a deal when you’re stuck in an airport with kids. So you have to do that risk/benefit analysis and decide what you’re willing to “spend” in convenience. For our family (we have 2 under 4 yrs old), if I’m not saving a good chunk of change per ticket (say $50 per), we’ll just pay a little extra for a nonstop (if one is available).

  103. Hi there. We are looking to fly into Malaga from Los Angeles the last week of November. Fares have been pretty reasonable, but went up a smidge in the last few days. What would you recommend? Thanks!

    1. Hi Aurie, Yes, reasonable fares that have gone up “a smidge” are an indicator that you should buy now rather than waiting. What is likely occurring is that the airlines are selling out each price category (and continuing to fill airplanes). When the prices start to creep, it’s the exact scenario in which you are not likely to see the prices dip again. When you add in the fact that you’re traveling around Thanksgiving, it’s going to be a situation in which prices continue to climb (the Spanish may not care about Thanksgiving, but other Angelenos may be planning an exotic cured ham holiday). If you were to purchase now, you should feel confident that you’re getting a good deal. And we always suggest trying to get a “good” deal rather than the lowest possible fare. Holding out for the “best” fare can backfire – the days when airlines drop prices closer to travel are really mostly a thing of the past. The number of planes/routes/available seats is a pretty exact science – if you’re aiming for a good value – you should buy sooner versus later. Good luck to you.

  104. Hi Cheapair,

    I am looking to buy a return ticket from SFO to Delhi (India) . Is this the right time to book a ticket? Is there a chance of prices going down?

    1. HI Rahul, I am not sure when you are planning to travel. We generally recommend booking 9-10 months out for destinations in Asia. If you are looking for the best fare as soon as possible, it’s hard to say. Traveling in the next 2-4 weeks is probably not going to get you a great fare. It looks like there are one way flights for around $675 right now – even tomorrow or Thursday this week. That price looks to be the norm for the next month (as long as you avoid flying on the weekend, when the fares jump up $25-30). Does this help? If you are booking farther out, let me know the dates you have in mind and I can give you some more information.

  105. Hi CA,
    Planning to visit Delhi from London Heathrow. 4 adult family members. dates around 19th mar-11th april 2016. Any recommendation? Is it worth waiting or book now?

    1. Hi Kumar, Our data is mostly geared toward the North American customer (U.S. or Canadian citizens traveling internationally), so I don’t want you to think that you can apply our data to your Uk to New Delhi flight. However, you can make some generalizations that do hold up. It’s not a great idea to wait until you are very close to your travel date in the hope of getting a last minute sale. Most of those deals no longer exist – the airlines use very sophisticated algorithm to manage passenger capacity on their fleets based on demand and route and itinerary. So our best advice is to start looking early (and really, now is not too early). If you can sign up for fare alerts using a service like “airfare watchdog” to let you know about your specific flight, that’s a very good first step. This will allow you to watch fluctuations in price and will give you an idea of what a “good” fare looks like. Our advice is to look for a “good” fare and not the “best” fare. Sometimes flying during the week will also give you a better price and flexibility (in connection time, dates of travel, time of day) will usually allow you to save some money. Good luck to you!

  106. I am planning a trip to Tokyo for some friends and I for June of 2016. I have been before but never with a large group. We are flying out of Louisville, KY into either NRT or HND. Which ever is cheaper. When would you suggest we book tickets? In the past I have booked my flights to Tokyo in February or March for trips in June. The fares right now seem a lot higher than I have ever paid to fly to Tokyo.

    1. Hi Mike, We recommend booking flights to Asia (on average) about 318 days from your travel date. There are a couple of things going on right now. First of all, I’m not sure how large the group is that you’re traveling with, but in case you are searching for flights as a group – check to see if you can find cheaper fares by searching for one ticket instead. If the airline only has a couple of tickets available in one fare class, it will automatically bump all of you up to the next class of service/pricing group. The other thing to keep in mind is that fares are more expensive than last year pretty much across the board. I can’t advise you to wait based on the data we compile, but if you’ve had luck in the past you might be ok waiting until after the holidays (when airlines do sometimes offer spring/summer sales). The main issue is the group status – if everyone wants to be on the same flight, you really should plan to purchase early to get the best possible fares for everyone.

  107. We are flying to Turks & Caicos (PLS) from Baltimore (BWI) or other close airport in late April/Early May 2016. When do you recommend we book? Thanks!

    1. Hi Mike, we recommend booking trips to the Caribbean about 144 days out from travel, on average. Using that guideline you could comfortably wait until around December and still find a very good fare. It wouldn’t hurt to start tracking fares now, as getting an idea of fare fluctuations is always a good plan. Other considerations that might mean you should start looking sooner would be the number of travelers (if you have a larger group and you’re all planning to fly together, for example), or if you have very specific requirements of the flights. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  108. Hi !

    I plan on traveling from Dulles to Ouagadougou ( Burkina Fosa) on December 27 and return January 11 (2 weeks). The round trip ticket is $1,291. Do you think the ticket will drop by next month ( September) or will it go up?

    1. Hi Bestsy, we actually recommend booking tickets to Africa at about 262 days/8.5 months from travel dates. So actually, the odds of the prices going down next month are not great. Our data shows that the closer you get to travel, the higher the fares creep. I’m not sure if you have purchased this itinerary before at a lower price, but you should also know that prices for airfare are higher this year than they have been in the past. Our best advice is to buy soon. Best of luck to you.

  109. I want to go to India in this December and return in January 2016. I’m looking for cheapest air ticket basically anywhere from USA but preferably somewhere close to GTR in Columbus, MS. I know it might be late already but when will be a great time to book the flight? Shall I wait or book right away?

    1. Hi San, You’re right to be a little concerned about the timing as we recommend booking 318 days out from travel for Asian destinations. Having said that, all is certainly not lost! While prices will very likely continue to climb, the prices you see today will be lower than the prices you see next week, and next month. If you can stay as flexible as possible with your dates of travel. # of connections and departure airports, you’ll be able to get the best price available. Good luck to you!

  110. My wife and I are looking at traveling to the UK in early summer (very end of May or early June) from the greater Washington DC area (BWI, IAD, WAS, etc.). I see some good prices now, but should I hold out for better ones? I just don’t want to miss out on a decent deal, hoping for an amazing deal. Any insight would be appreciated!

    1. Hi Brad, We generally recommend purchasing tickets to Europe about 9 months out to get the best fare. So, you’re right on schedule! We always suggest trying to get a “good” deal rather than the lowest possible fare. Holding out for the “best” fare can backfire – the days when airlines drop prices closer to travel are really mostly a thing of the past. The number of planes/routes/available seats is a pretty exact science – if you’re aiming for a good value – you should buy sooner versus later. Keep in mind that flexibility across the board will usually get you some savings – can you fly during the week rather than on the weekend, can you mix up your air carriers, do you need non stops or can you take connecting flight? Are those flight times you mention flexible at all? Sometimes looking at a few different itineraries can save you additional money. Your line about “decent deal versus amazing deal” is spot on. Good luck to you.

  111. Hi I’m looking for cheap tickets to to go Brazil. I’m from there. I’m planning to fly from DCA to BSB on November but tickets it’s a little bit expensive . I see some prices sometimes it’s law and sometimes it’s up. Should buy w right now or hold for cheaps ftickets.?? Thanks

    1. Hi Renata, We recommend purchasing tickets to South American destinations about 3 months out to get the best fare. Because we are just about 3 months out now, I can’t recommend that you wait much longer to purchase. You said that tickets are a little bit expensive. I’m afraid they will continue to get more expensive as we continue closer to travel. We always suggest trying to get a “good” deal rather than the lowest possible fare. If you’re aiming for a good value – you should buy sooner versus later. Keep in mind that flexibility will usually get you some savings – can you fly during the week rather than on the weekend, can you mix up your air carriers, do you need non stops or can you take connecting flight? Are those flight times you mention flexible at all? Sometimes looking at a few different itineraries can save you additional money. Good luck to you.

  112. My family and I are planning to travel from FAT to Guadalajara in July next year 2016 when kids get out of school. When will they be the lowest to purchase and I would need them non stop due to a 2 yr old traveling. All your help would be appreciated

    1. Hi Amarile, We generally recommend purchasing tickets to Mexico about 251 days out (8-8.5 months) to get the best fare. So, you’re right on schedule! We always suggest trying to get a “good” deal rather than the lowest possible fare. Holding out for the “best” fare can backfire – the days when airlines drop prices closer to travel are really mostly a thing of the past. The number of planes/routes/available seats is a pretty exact science – if you’re aiming for a good value – you should buy sooner versus later. Keep in mind that flexibility across the board will usually get you some savings – can you fly during the week rather than on the weekend, can you mix up your air carriers, do you need non stops or can you take connecting flight? Are those flight times you mention flexible at all? Since you mentioned that you NEED non stops, we recommend purchasing very, very soon. Nonstops are a premium option (people really like their non stops, so the demand for them will keep prices higher than connecting flights). Good luck to you!

  113. Hi! I’m looking at a flight itinerary for May 2016 that’s NY nonstop -> Tokyo nonstop -> Bangkok nonstop -> Koh Samui (2 layovers, unfortunately) -> NY (this is my honeymoon!) for $1600 per person. To me, it seems like a really great price – should I bother waiting to see if it would go lower, or just go for it? Also, was wondering if I should bother waiting until Labor Day for any sales, but I feel like the sale fares wouldn’t apply to flights that far in the future…

    My other big concern is if the airlines have major schedule changes that might mess with my trip schedule? Was there anything in the study of flights that showed this as a big problem?

    THANK YOU!

    1. Hi Allison, $1600 for this itinerary does sound pretty darn good. We recommend booking almost a year out for Asian destinations and you’re within the “optimal range” for booking right now. Any sales are more likely to come around the holidays for spring and summer, but you’re not likely to get better than $1600 a ticket for a multi-destination itinerary. We always suggest trying to get a “good” deal rather than the lowest possible fare.

      Your other concerns about schedule changes is a valid one and unfortunately, we are all kind of at the mercy of the airlines with this concern. It happens, though probably not enough to cause you a ton of concern. If you’re really worried about it, you might see if travel insurance will cover you. Another thing to think about is allowing some wiggle room in your itinerary if you can. If you need to be in Bangkok by x date, give yourself ample time for maneuvering if needed. You might also think about avoiding a sleep-in on a travel date and schedule yourself for the first flight out. That way, should there be a schedule change, you’re not likely to get marooned overnight (as you might if you booked a flight later in the day). Hope this information helps. Congratulations and let us know if we can offer any other assistance!

  114. I’m traveling from Taipei, Taiwan to LAX. Can you suggest a good time frame to purchase the tickets ? Because our funds is pretty tight, and we would like to wait for last minute if possible.

    Time frame will be around Chinese New Year in Taiwan. 01/29/2016-02/12/2016

    Much appreciated.

    1. Hi Peter, waiting to the last minute is not a great idea, especially around the Chinese New Year. If you wait until the last minute, you will likely pay a premium. If you can, at least try to purchase by end of October. When you get closer to the US holiday season (late November through early January), it’s a very busy time for booking both outgoing and incoming flights. Good luck to you!

  115. Thank you! I think I’ll just go for it and book it then 🙂

    And yes, I definitely plan on looking into travel insurance.

    As for schedule changes – I’ve definitely experienced that since I booked this past March my flight from JFK -> Exuma, Bahamas in November for my wedding. Since I booked the flight, I’ve gotten at least 3-4 emails notifying me of schedule changes but the changes have made very minimal impact (like 5-10mins earlier, later, etc). I was just wondering if you could shed some light on that, but thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Ana, Our advice is really geared toward the North American traveler but if I generalize a bit, you’ll probably want to book earlier rather than later. I would probably start looking right around 9 months out and plan to book as soon as you see a good fare. San Francisco is quite popular as a tourist destination in the summer – if you can avoid traveling on the weekend, you’ll probably save some money in booking. Hope this helps!

  116. Thank you!! We bought our sfo to Paris leg already but we are traveling back to sfo from Barcelona and I wanted to make sure what I see now won’t get cheaper. Thank you for your input!

  117. I need some advice, I’ve been researching flights from Tulsa, OK to Barcelona for June 24 2016 with return flight on July 5 2016, 2 travelers, Business Class, I have looked at flexible travel times, dates, days of the week, different airports, flight aggregators and carriers, through my research and everything I have read, approximately 270 out from the trip should have been the best time to purchase, so sometime this week if I figured correctly. Anyway I started watching prices back in July, set up some price notifications to email me if the price was going up or down. The cheapest price I saw was on 8-29-15, $5300 for 2 travelers, being this was still outside of the optimum pricing window (about 300 days before) I didn’t buy, assuming they would go down further, especially watching the news and reading articles saying that because the price of fuel was decreasing, the price of airfare should also decrease. Since 8-29-15 the prices have gone up and down, but slowly edging up, yesterday they went up significantly, they are now $6200 for two travelers. My question is, in your estimation will prices decrease again or will they continue to go up from this point going forward? Today I’m approximately 266 days out from my departure date.

    1. Hi John, Yes those “when to buy” stats that give us an average number of days from travel are good guidelines but every itinerary is different. Also, our data is based on economy fares. In all cases, our advice is always to monitor fares closely and then buy when the prices do start to trend upwards. Once they start the behavior you describe (incremental increased and then bumps to higher fares), it is very unlikely that you’ll see fares start to trend downward again. And with business class travel, the demand is higher (smaller number of overall seats per flight). I wouldn’t wait to see another large bump – you should plan to buy soon.

  118. We are getting married on August 17, 2016. We are booked at our resort in St. Thomas, USVI from August 13 to the 20. There will be about 40 people flying from the NJ area (probably Philadelphia airport or Newark airport). When should we buy or airline tickets and do you recommend a specific airline?
    Many thanks.
    Chelsea

    1. Hi Chelsea, You’re lucky that you’re flying from that part of the country (where many routes exist, keeping flight costs relatively reasonable for travelers). We don’t have a specific airline to recommend. With this many travelers, it might be worth a call to those airlines offering itineraries to see about securing group fares (though, for most brides this falls into the WAY over and beyond the call of duty). But if you have a willing bridesmaid or family member willing to act as de factor travel agent for the group, you could score some better fares for people. Otherwise, we would advise people starting the search early and often. Hope this helps!

  119. Hi Cheapair
    Thanks for the useful article. Im thinking of booking a trip to Vietnam to visit my wife from Jan 06, 2016 to JAn 19, 2016. When do you think is the best time to book the ticket? They’re having some pretty good deals right now but would be much better if i dont miss a better deal later. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! 🙂

    1. Hi Jason, We actually recommend booking out about 9-10 months to Asian destinations for the best deals.That puts the best available airfares in your rear view mirror, at this point. However, that’s not to say you should pay a premium for the fares. I’m not sure of your departure airport – that could give me some insight into the best strategy for getting a deal. Of course, avoiding travel on the weekends can sometimes shave some cost off the top. You should also try to stay flexible on connection times, # of connections, etc (if cost is the main concern). If you message back with your departure airport, I might be able to share some additional ideas.

  120. Hi Cheapair,

    We are looking to travel to Thailand this coming May for a month. We would be leaving out of MSP but have enough miles to get us to anywhere in the US. From my research the best prices seem to be out of LAX-BKK. Do you think we should wait it out to get cheaper prices or should we be booking now. I know you stated best is 318 days out but its not that far out, so what do you suggest? We are open to everything, should we maybe consider flying into nearby countries to get better prices? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Mel, You are correct. 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. You’re also right that flying from LAX or SFO will generally get you the best prices to Asia (you might also check Seattle). Everyone wants nonstop flights, so if you’re willing to do a layover, 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!

  121. Cheap Air My family and I are traveling from NJ to Puerto Rico on Sunday February 14th to the 21st. When should we be booking our flights? We are staying in Rincon so flying into Aguadilla would be best but the flight times are horrible. Very late at night or very early in the morning. So San Juan will work if it has to. Any advise on when to buy and if the times will become more user friendly.

    1. Hi Scott, I see what you mean about Aguadilla. The best available on your dates seems to be a nonstop United flight that departs EWR at 9pm and gets you into Aguadilla at 1:58am at a price of $532. If you choose to fly into San Juan, the price drops below $500 and you have morning nonstop options. There is a 7am departure for $466 RT and a 9am departure for $486. The likelihood of additional flights being added is 100% speculation. I’m not going to lie – sometimes it does happen. Airlines add itineraries (generally speaking) when they sell out flights though, so usually much closer to travel would be when that option might open up. And there’s no telling what sort of crystal ball you have to have to predict what time of day these hypothetical itineraries might be scheduled for or what the airline gods might set the price at. In these situations where demand pushes a new flight, you can bet that the prices are usually higher. So, in our opinion, not a great gamble. Much better to just work with the existing itineraries and choose the one that makes the most sense for you. Hope this helps.

  122. We need to book flights from Roa to SJD last week in Jan 2016 and return middle of April. Prices seem to be going up. When should I book? Airline? No over night flights!

    1. Hi Peggy, To get the best price on tickets to Mexico, we generally recommend booking about 251 days our from your departure 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. Flying out of Roanoke might be the most convenient, so if you place a premium on convenience, you can expect to pay a bit more. If you’re willing to drive to a larger airport like Raleigh Durham, sometimes that can get you significant savings. 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!

  123. Hi Cheapair,

    We are flying to Cape Town and returning from Johannesburg over Labor Day 2016. Because it’s a holiday, do you think we should book early or wait until the 262 days which would be around Christmastime? We live in Nashville but will probably fly out of JFK because it is so much cheaper (we have family up in New York). What’s a good price for this itinerary out of JFK? We were thinking if we found anything under 1200 we would book it. Is that unreasonable? Thanks!

    1. Hi Megan, it does look like you’ll be able to do just under $1200 if you’re intrepid in this search. Can you share the exact dates we are talking about so I can offer a bit more nuanced advice? Hope to talk to you soon!

  124. HI cheapair,
    we’re looking at flights Atl-Amsterdam-Vienna returning to Atl in late May. The fares are around $2,000. Based on your research we’re in the window to buy. It’s hard to believe the best deal we can get for economy seats is $2,000. Any advice would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Patty, it’s true that $2,000 seems steep. However, it would help me to know when you plan to depart and how many days/weeks/months you plan to be gone. can you share a bit more detail about your plans (i.e. must the ATL to Amsterdam be nonstop, can you go to Vienna first, how long you plan to be in each city, if you’re willing to travel between Amsterdam and Vienna on a European low-cost carrier or the train, can you fly in and out of the same European city?). There are a lot of moving parts on this one. I think we can do much better than 2K a ticket, but I would need a bit more information to sort it out for you.

  125. looking to book flight from LA to Anchorage in June 2016 and return flight from Victoria BC to LA…when would be the best time to purchase?

    1. Hi Steve, We treat the entire North American market as “domestic,” so you have a bit of time before you need to buy. Honestly, it’s probably best to wait until around March before starting a serious search (this puts you in the 3-4 month prime booking window). Good luck to you!

  126. A group of friends is flying down to see me in Antigua (anu) from Charlotte (clt) the first week of April 2016 when is the best time to book the flight???

    1. Hi Brandon, We recommend booking flights to the Caribbean about five months from departure, so you’re basically right about where you should be to get the best fares. If they wait too long, they’ll start to see flight prices creep up. Good luck to you!

  127. Hi, my husband , daughter (5 yrs old) and I plan to fly from Bankok to San Francisco (flight 1,departure in March 2016) , then Los Angeles to Bangkok(Flight 2 departure in April 2016). Total days are 30 days ….When is the best time to book tickets ? Thanks a bunch .

    1. Hi Ivy, Our site is geared toward the North American travel market, so much of our data on “Best time to Buy” relates to flights departing the US/Canada and flying to other destinations. But to offer more generalized tips, it is always better to buy early. For example, we recommend buying tickets to Asia about 10 months from your travel dates. So we’d recommend looking to buy sooner rather than later. Definitely start looking right now for the LAX to Bangkok flight (we are seeing flights on sale to Asian destinations right now). Good luck to you!

  128. I might have missed my window! I want to fly from DSM to LON for 10 to 13 days in March. It needs to include the dates of the 11-17, but can go early or late from there. I saw some flights on sale but when I went to book it the price jumped $300 (like, as I refreshed the screen from considering dates/times/layovers) most of the flights seemed pretty empty, should I worry? I can fly mid-week, and fly out of a different airport (like Chicago) if absolutely necessary. I couldn’t believe the prices jumped that much in the 20 minutes or so I was browsing. Any advice?

    1. Hi Erin, that does seem odd. I couldn’t really speculate on why the prices jumped that much. It’s certainly possible (though unlikely) that the prices did jump that much JUST at the moment you were booking. It sounds like you have some flexibility which is good but you should be ready to book very soon. Prices are going to keep climbing from here on out. You might also look at pricing a flight from DSM to JFK and a second from JFK to LON to see if piecing it together gets you a better deal. I found a flight for under $500 from JFK to LON round trip on Norwegian Air from the 8th to the 17th, for example. You can get flights to JFK from DSM for around $450 RT (with a stop in Chicago). Piecing it together this way, you can get the whole deal for under $1000. The best I see booking straight through from DSM to LON is closer to $1300. Play with the dates (and departure airports) and see what works best for you.

  129. I plan on buying 3 round trip tickets to fly from Mobile, AL (MOB) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) June 21 2016 until July 10 2016 where me and my fiancée plan to be married. I’m curious on what I should my family and friends who plan on attending the wedding as far as when to buy. I know currently for that time the price is cheap but will it get lower? The Olympics will begin in Rio on August 5th-21st which is a month after I leave. I’m hoping that won’t effect prices.

    1. Hi Ian, That’s a tricky one. I think that you will likely see a bit of a price pike closer to your travel dates. The Olympics come along with a huge infrastructure and the increased traffic due to the the event has probably already affected prices a bit. A month before, there will definitely be more people coming to Rio and driving up prices. For this reason, I would recommend telling your guests to book early. We generally recommend booking tickets to South America about 3 months out. In your situation, I don’t think it’s too aggressive to start looking carefully right around the holidays/January. If you have a large group coming from the same location, you might call the airlines directly to see about securing group pricing for one flight. Rather, maybe put a responsible groomsman on the task (coordinating this might be more than you want to manage). Hope this helps!

  130. Hi, Me and my family are looking to fly to Hayden (HDN) from San Francisco (return) in early January, when is the best time to book?

    1. Hi Dave, generally speaking we recommend 3-4 months out for domestic flights so you should be looking right now. Hayden is a smaller, regional airport, so I assume flights fill up fast. If you’re looking for a ski holiday and you’re planning on being there for New Year’s I might plan on buying very soon.

  131. Hello,
    I have been looking at flights from Jacksonville Fl or Orlando fl to Aruba in June 16. whichever location is cheaper we ill fly out from. What is the general rule since I am flying to Aruba to get the cheapest tickets.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Robert, a general guideline is that a larger airport with more flights will give you the best prices. If I know the return date we could help a bit more, but there’s no RUL for this either. You’re probably best off just deciding on dates to fly and then looking at both airports. Good luck to you!

      1. Thank you, I’m looking at June 16 to June 27. Previously it was a lot cheaper to fly out of Orlando but now they are both about the same and the fares have increased at least $125 per person so I am trying to gauge if I should wait to see if they drop again or if now is probably the cheapest I will see them again

        1. I want to be able to tell you they may go back down, but that might not be safe advice to give. Not sure when you last flew that you’re referencing “previously it was a lot cheaper,” but I can tell you that prices have gone up quite a bit across the board since last year. So the deals that existed in the past, do not look like they are coming back any time soon. I could give you some advice that you could wait and see, but that is if you are planning to watch the fares closely from now. It’s possible that prices could dip around the holidays, it’s just not likely.

  132. Hi, my boyfriend and I are traveling to Barbados for a conference in January. The dates we are looking at are 1/20 or 21-1/28 or 29. We will be flying from Seattle, WA to Bridgetown, Barbados. I am looking at prices now, and the cheapest I have found is $1100 roundtrip/person. We are planning on booking a hotel also, and his conference gives us a somewhat discounted rate at the Hilton ($299/night), so I am just wondering if you think we should purchase the tickets sooner rather than later, and also, if you think we should purchase a package deal on airline tickets + hotel from a site such as Expedia, or purchase the hotel separately using the discounted rate. It comes to about equal pricing either way at this point. Thank you!!

    1. Hi L, We generally recommend booking flights to the Caribbean about 3 months in advance to get the best price. The question on booking through a site like Expedia or not really boils down to the customer service edge you’ll likely get booking through the hotel directly. Especially since you’ve indicated that the price is around the same, I would go with booking the hotel direct. Hotels usually give conference planners a lot of business – there’s less personalization with the big online travel agencies.

  133. Hi there,
    I was planning a trip to visit a friend during the winter break in Oakland, and was wondering about the best time to buy tickets since it will be during the peak holiday travel season. Does the 47 day suggestion still apply?

    Thanks,
    JessieLynn

    1. Hi JessieLynn, Good question. The short answer is that the 47 day guideline is not as helpful during Christmas and New Years weeks. However, there are very good deals available the rest of the month so if you’re not planning to fly Christmas week, you might still be able to use the 47 day rule. Otherwise, I’d be looking to buy right now.

  134. Me and my wife are planning to go on our honeymoon in November of 2016, we are planning on going to Europe, not sure on exact destination, but possibly Greece, Paris, and Amsterdam from November 6th – November 26th, we are flying out of SFO, when would you recommend we book?

    1. Hi Javier, You have plenty of time. We generally recommend buying tickets to Europe about 9 months in advance. Using that measuring stick, you still have a bit of time before you need to start looking seriously. Because you are also traveling in the off season for US travel, you should be able to get a good price even if you wait a bit longer than 9 months. Good luck to you and congratulations!

  135. Hi, I am going to Paris for Christmas to visit my daughter who is working there but doesn’t like her job and is thinking of coming back to the US ( San Francisco) with me on January 1. I just looked at flights ( one way) and was shocked to see AF wants 3k. I then could see round trip was cheaper albeit wasting a one way ticket. Will they go down, or should we seriously think about booking now?

    1. Hi Tish, This is actually pretty late to be looking to find a reasonable airfare, especially for Christmas or New Years week. I would say that you should definitely book now. Prices are definitely going to continue to rise. If it is important that she fly on Air France or with you, book now. Otherwise, Aer Lingus has a one-way flight on January 1 for just over $1,000, but if she can wait until the 11th, prices go down to $700.

  136. Hi, I’m thinking about booking a flight to Bangkok from Chicago for the end of July to early August (2016). Some websites say to wait for a better deal and some say to book as early as possible. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi Joey, We are on the side of booking early. In fact, we recommend booking 9-10 months out for Asian travel destinations. On average, using this tip will get you the best price. Hope this helps!

  137. Hi, my mother and I are going to Ireland in mid-August 2016 and prefer to travel non-stop from O’Hare. I was watching airfares in the hopes they would go down however they now seem to be increasing steadily. They have increased $300 per person in the last month. Did I miss my window of booking cheaper airfare or do you think they will drop at some point? We are 288 days from our departure.

    1. Hi Laura, I’m afraid they’re going to continue to climb. Here’s why. Airlines have a very limited number of seats on a given flight for ANY price point, Once those seats are gone, your search results online just bump you to the next tier of pricing available. Because there are a limited number of nonstops from any city and those ARE the most popular tickets, they sell out first. What COULD happen if the flight or flights sells out this early, airlines may add flights (which could then open up lower fares again). But (and this is a big but), that’s a complete gamble. If you need the non stops and fares keep creeping higher, we advise you to buy now. If you’re ok with connecting flights you might have a bit more wiggle room (there could be sales for the holidays coming). Of course, August in Europe is high season so prices will be higher anyway (than if you were traveling at a less busy time of year).

  138. I am planning on going to Spain for 2 months in late March (March 19ish-May 13ish). I know that you recommend buying tickets 9 months in advance, so should I purchase my tickets ASAP or would it be reasonable to expect them to go down a little bit?

    1. Hi Greg, Prices are not likely to go down the closer you get to travel. Having said that, there’s a few other items that could affect whether or not the ticket price will go down. First of all, if you’re looking for a ticket from a gateway where a lot of flights go to Spain (JFK, for example). those flights typically do run a bit cheaper close to travel (they have more seats to sell). If you are looking for a flight with specific parameters (you want non stops, you want specific seating, etc.) you’re probably better off buying now. Finally, you are flying in the off/shoulder season for Spain so (while a bit of a gamble), it could be worth waiting a bit to see if any sales pop up soon.

  139. Hi,
    I am planning a trip to Denver, CO from Calgary, Canada near the end of Feb(2016). Ticket prices seem to be rising after checking just the past two days, so I’m wondering if it would be best to book ASAP.
    Thanks.

    1. Hi John, Yes! Anytime prices seem to slowly start to rise (or quickly jump), it’s generally an indication that they aren’t going to go back down again. Here’s why. Airlines have a very limited number of seats on a given flight for ANY price point. Once those seats are gone, your search results online just bump you to the next tier of pricing available. If you’re only contemplating non stops this can happen even faster. Because there are a limited number of nonstops from any city and those ARE the most popular tickets, they sell out first. What COULD happen if the flight or flights sells out this early, airlines may add flights (which could then open up lower fares again). But (and this is a big but), that’s a complete gamble. It’s soon enough to your proposed travel dates that waiting just might not be the best option.

  140. Hello,
    I’m traveling to Doha, Qatar in Feb 2016 from Edmonton, Canada. Tickets seem to fluctuating and I don’t know whether I should wait to book a ticket (as it’s holiday season) or book it right away. according to the article i should have booked it 213 days before but i didn’t know i’d be travelling at that time. When would be the best time to book a flight to Doha for mid feb 2016? thanks

    1. Hi Pally, Buy now. There’s no two ways about it. We are very close to your travel dates and prices are not likely to decline. If you’re the gambling sort, you COULD wait, but we are conservative over here and can’t recommend it.

    1. Yes it does though that 47 days tip should be used as a guideline rather than a rule. There are nuances and Hawaii can be a little tricky (it’s not really a high/low season destination, rather popular year round.) Keep that in mind…

  141. We are going to Paris on March 8 – 13, 2016. I have been checking since September and the price are still the same one person departing from DCA and another person departing from Maui. How soon should we purchase the tickets? thank you.

    1. Hi Astrid, I think you’re strategy (to watch and wait) is a good one. You should really not wait too much longer. If anything wait until you see some movement (either up or down). If the fares go up, you can be sure they will not go back down. If they dip lower, you should snap the flight up as soon as it does. In any event, it would not be a bad idea to buy right now either. The odds are very good that the fares will rise and not drop any further since March is just a few months away. Hope this helps…

    1. Hi Megan, We are a North-Amrican based travel company, so the bulk of our data comes from outbound Canadian and US flights. In general, the closer you get to your travel date, the more you’re going to pay for a ticket. I would be shopping now – if you see prices start to rise or (less likely) dip, you know that this is the best time to buy. Once a price starts to slowly go up, airfares rarely go back down. Hope this helps a bit!

    1. Hi Cheryl, Where are you planning to go and from what airport/home city? If you can share a little more information we can better answer your question.

  142. We are looking to travel to Colombia SA in July of 2016. The prices for airfare at the very outset a month and a half ago were only 430 round trip. Now they are at 785 round trip. We are still more than 8 months away from the intended travel date, do you think the prices will drop back down to around 500 or less if we wait a little while longer??

    1. Hi Paul, From what city are you traveling? That does seem strange for the prices to have doubled though it is also possible that the price you saw initially was a mistake. If we set that aside as a possibility, is there anything going on in Columbia the dates you are traveling (special sporting event or festival, for example)? And are you searching for non stops only? If you can answer no to these questions, it might be a calculated risk to wait a bit. One other thing to consider: Columbia has recently become a very hot leisure destination – it’s quite possible that the demand has simply driven up the prices on the limited flights available. This last possibility (unfortunately for the fares) may be the most likely scenario. We’re not risk takers over here, so our best advice would likely be to purchase now. Hope this helps.

  143. Hi guys! We are planning our family vacation to Nicaragua in March 14, 2016 for 3 weeks. We’re flying out from CMH. Do you think I still have a chance to find good prices for our tickets? I’m hoping less than $600 per ticket. Is this consider a busy season to travel? Thank you!

    1. Hi Henry, We recommend booking flights to central America about 90 days out for the best price. I’m not sure where you are flying to in Nicaragua, but you’re right to be starting to shop seriously right now. Our data would suggest that you boo right around the end of the year to get the bets airfare. Keep in mind, this does not factor in how many people are traveling or the most popular flights. What I mean by this is that if you’re looking for tickets for more than 2 people and/or you prefer those popular non stops (if they are available from your market), you might plan to buy even sooner.

  144. Hi, Me my wife are planing to fly from DFW to CMB on 1st of October 2016 & return on the 28th. I only Fly Emirates, when do you think will be a good time to book? Thank you!

    1. Hi Shaksi, Our data suggests that about 7 months from your travel date is the best window to get the best fare (on average): http://bit.ly/1BS9vXE. Based on that metric, March or so should be plenty of time to get the best fare. However, also keep in mind that market variables (are there any festivals, holidays or international events going on during your travel dates, is this high season), as well as your list of must-haves (do you need non stops, the fact that you’ll only fly Emirates)can make our metrics skew a bit. Emirates does not always have the lowest fares – I wouldn’t wait much after December to start a search. Best of luck to you.

  145. Hi! Me and a friend (possibly two) are planning to travel to manila from toronto departing the beginning of may and coming back at the end of the month in 2016. Would it be wise to buy asap or wait a month or two? Right now the cheapest flight we’ve found was about $850, will it go any lower or should we not risk it? (We’d prefer shorter flights if that makes any difference!)

    1. Hi Daniel, We recommend booking flights to Asia about 10 months in advance to get the best prices on average from North America, so you’re certainly not too early to be getting the best price. It’s possible that there may be lower priced flights later, but the best fares on the best flights (i.e., shorter, non stops, etc) will sell out first. If you have other things on your wish-list (departure time of day, etc.), it may be best to buy now. One other consideration – is there seasonality or holidays to consider? If there are any local holidays or festivals, that can also make flights sell out sooner.

  146. Hi! I am looking travel to Europe in late September/early October 2016. We’d like to go MEM to LON and PAR to MEM, when should we book this? Right now the tickets are fluctuating from $1300-1400 per ticket, what is a good price for this itinerary? Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Annie, It is a bit early to be looking for flights for September and October of next year. We generally recommend booking flights to Europe about nine months out from your travel plans. I one itinerary for about $1100, but I’m not sure what the specifics are for your itinerary. Can you share some proposed travel dates and whether or not you have flexibility on those dates? Sometimes traveling mid-week can get you better prices.

      1. Thanks for your response. The only date that is concrete is to be in London on 09/28/16. We are looking to be in Europe for 11-12 days so the actual travel dates are somewhat moveable.

  147. Hi there,

    I’m looking to buy tickets for my wife and me and our infant baby from Tel Aviv to Chicago for mid May.
    If we wait any closer would price go down?
    thank you

    1. It’s hard to say for sure. Most of our data is based on flights that originate in North America and Canada (we’re based in the U.S.) so I don’t want to mislead you about the best time to buy. But one general rule that we tell everyone who has this question is to research flights early and often. If you start to see flight prices start to climb, this is an indicator that it is a good time to buy. Once the airline sells the limited number of seats at a certain price point, they bump prices to the next level (and so on). An incremental increase in flight cost generally will indicate that the flight is selling, and that prices will not subsequently go down. The opposite scenario is also important. If you watch flights for 4 weeks with no movement in price and then all of a sudden the fares go down? That means it is time to buy. The flight was likely not selling at the previous fare so the airline put it on “sale.” The one caveat if you find yourself in this situation – do not wait. There are likely dozens if not hundreds of people in your situation and some of them will take advantage of the low fare. It will not last. One final caveat – if you see a good itinerary (good connections or nonstop) at a good price, hop on it as well. Nonstops are a premium. The longer you wait to buy, the less availability for those good trips. So you might save money by waiting, but you could also get stuck with a much less desirable itinerary. I hope this helps! Good luck to you.

  148. Hi, we travel often from Europe to Asia and my own findings are similar to yours: the cheapest tickets we can buy are on the first day possible (cca. 330 days before the return flight). These prices are indeed valid for about a week and invariably they go up afterwards. Generally, you get slightly better prices on the “intermediary” web sites (like expedia) than on the site of the chosen airline itself. Thank you for sharing

  149. A friend and I are planning to go to Korea during April 2016 from the US. I was thinking about booking in mid December. By that time will the price go up?

    1. Hi Mandy, we generally recommend booking to Asia almost 10 months from your travel date to get the best fare. The closer we get to travel, the more likely the fares will climb. Keep a close eye on the fares and buy as soon as you can!

  150. I am looking for flight to the Maldives from LA for June 2016 and I haven’t booked yet but am wondering when I should start being concerned about prices going up. Currently on Expedia round trip prices are staying constant but when should I definitely book by? I was thinking about booking my flight somewhere in the end of January but am worried it might be too late.

    1. Hi Eric, I can tell you that we recommend travelers buy tickets to Asia almost 10 months out from their travel dates to get the best prices – so if you are traveling in June you need to purchase sooner rather than later. But one general rule that we tell everyone who has this question is to research flights early and often. If you see flight prices start to climb, this is an indicator that it is a good time to buy. Once the airline sells the limited number of seats at a certain price point, they bump prices to the next level (and so on). An incremental increase in flight cost generally will indicate that the flight is selling, and that prices will not subsequently go down. The opposite scenario is also important. If you watch flights for 4 weeks with no movement in price and then all of a sudden the fares go down? That means it is time to buy. The flight was likely not selling at the previous fare so the airline put it on “sale.” The one caveat if you find yourself in this situation – do not wait. There are likely dozens if not hundreds of people in your situation and some of them will take advantage of the low fare. It will not last. One final caveat – if you see a good itinerary (good connections or nonstop) at a good price, hop on it as well. Nonstops are a premium. The longer you wait to buy, the less availability for those good trips. So you might save money by waiting, but you could also get stuck with a much less desirable itinerary. I hope this helps! Good luck to you.

  151. Hello! My fiance and I are having a destination wedding in Cancun at the end of September so we are monitoring flights for ourselves and approximately 100 guests. The travel dates are between 9/27/2016 and 10/3/2016 and most will be flying from LAX to CUN. I flew this same route in October 2015 and was able to get my ticket for $285 by purchasing 6 months in advance. I’m waiting for this same deal ($300 or less) for our wedding trip. Is this a reasonable rate to wait for? Thanks!!

    1. Hi Jenn, It’s hard to say for sure without a crystal ball, but our airfare data does suggest that purchasing about 251 days out (on average) from your travel dates to Mexico will get you the best fare. So that’s about 8 months. We can’t predict what the actual price of your flights might be this early (so much depends on a wide variety of factors – demand, gas costs, the number of airlines offering service, the number of flights offered, etc.) but purchasing as early as six months or longer is going to get you a better fare than waiting. I’d plan on looking starting in January and keeping an eye on the fare’s movement. Hope this helps!

  152. Thank you for a great blog! I wish I’d read it last year, before we waited to long before we bought our tickets to France. What is your rule of thumb for flights from Canada to the US? We are looking at flying from Toronto (YYZ) to Phoenix, Arizona area in March.
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Fiona, this isn’t technically accurate to do (of course), but for flights between Canada and the US we just consider all of North America “domestic.” This blog post may help – 47 days is (on average) the best time to buy fares. We really recommend buying tickets anywhere from 2-4 months out from your travel dates. We call this the “prime booking window” and it really does help most travelers get the best airfare.http://bit.ly/1M9PoGx

  153. I am looking to travel to Brisbane, Australia at the end of June and returning second week of July. What price is considered a good deal for that time of year? I currently find round-trip prices for $1400. Thanks!

    1. Hi carmen, we recommend purchasing tickets to Australia about 9 months from departure. $1400 isn’t bad – I have seen fares in the recent past anywhere from $1200-1400. Summer in the United States is always going to be expensive because it is the time when our citizens plan leisure travel, even though it’s not summertime in the southern hemisphere. I wouldn’t wait too long to buy. The prices will not go down the closer we get to June.

  154. Hello, I am looking to purchase a ticket from JFK International Airport in NY to JP II Airport in Krakow, Poland. My trip dates are July 24th to August 5th, 2015. I will actually be traveling to Poland to celebrate World Youth Day. Knowing this, I am aware that many people from all over the world will be coming. My question is, how long should I wait before trying to purchase these tickets? The roundtrip airfare right now is a little over $1000, but I am afraid of it spiking up dramatically. I was waiting for a decline in prices, but I’d rather book that end up sorry. Thank you for your time.

    1. Hi Danielle, We recommend buying flights to European destinations about 9 months out. However, you are flying in high season for American travelers and you’ve also got a major event in the city at the time you’re planning to be there. I think you should buy sooner rather than later. $1000 is not super cheap but it’s not terrible for Krakow. One other tip could be buying a ticket to one of the more traveled routes from JFK to European cities like Paris or London and then use easyJet or RyanAir (low-cost European air carriers) to get you to Krakow. That might be a way to score a very cheap transatlantic flight closer to departure dates, but it’s a calculated risk. We’re not big gamblers over here. Conservative advice would be to buy soon either way.

  155. I’m planning a trip to a small village in NW Germany in July/August. I’m very flexible on dates & would like to stay more than one week but less than three weeks.

    I’ll be flying out of Denver. How do I decide which airport to fly into, there are many available? I am familiar/comfortable with the train system, so would like to just get the cheapest flight. Also, when should I book? 276 days (as it suggests above) is right now!

    Thanks for any help!

    1. Hi EmeeSue, You’re on the right track. If it doesn’t matter which city is your entry point to Germany, you might just take a look at a few of the larger cities. Berlin would be my first attempt. Munich and Frankfurt might be good options to try as well. It does look like Berlin’s prices are best right now, but they’re still pretty high at around $1100. Yes, we do recommend booking right around now for travel dates in summer. You’re also contending with the fact that summer is high season for Americans to travel to Europe. If you can put a trip off until September, you can get a round trip ticket from JFK for less than $600. Of course, you still have to buy a ticket from Denver to New York, but it would save you a couple hundred dollars. Since you mentioned northwest Germany, you might also look into Amsterdam or Brussels and then hopping a train. They are both slightly less expensive than Berlin at the moment. One other option would be to fly into Paris or London (I see flights for around $800 to both from Denver in July/August depending on dates), and then flying easyJet or RyanAir to get you close to your destination. Hope this helps!

  156. Hi, I am planning to travel from New Delhi(India) to Calgary(Canada) in February next year, along with my family (spouse and child). I couldn’t book tickets before as trip wasn’t confirmed. Now the ticket prices have increased from INR 94000 to INR 1,35000. Kindly suggest if I should book right away or should I wait for the holiday season to get over and book tickets in January 1st week (if prices are expected to fall).
    Thanks

    1. Hello, CV. Most of our data is based on flights that originate in North America and Canada (we’re based in the U.S.) so I don’t want to mislead you about the best time to buy. But one general rule that we tell everyone who has this question is to research flights early and often. If you see flight prices start to climb, this is an indicator that it is a good time to buy. Once the airline sells the limited number of seats at a certain price point, they bump prices to the next level (and so on). An incremental increase in flight cost generally will indicate that the flight is selling, and that prices will not subsequently go down. The opposite scenario is also important. If you watch flights for 4 weeks with no movement in price and then all of a sudden the fares go down? That means it is time to buy. The flight was likely not selling at the previous fare so the airline put it on “sale.” The one caveat if you find yourself in this situation – do not wait. There are likely dozens if not hundreds of people in your situation and some of them will take advantage of the low fare. It will not last. One final caveat – if you see a good itinerary (good connections or nonstop) at a good price, hop on it as well. Nonstops are a premium. The longer you wait to buy, the less availability for those good trips. So you might save money by waiting, but you could also get stuck with a much less desirable itinerary. You are traveling very soon and flight prices do not generally decrease this close to travel dates. Our best recommendation would not be to wait long. I hope this helps! Good luck to you.

  157. Hi, I am looking to buy tickets from the UK to Boston around 24th June to 16th July, what is the best time to buy the tickets.

    Please advise.

    1. Hi Kumar, most of our flight data refers to flights originating in the US and flying domestic or internationally. I don’t want to mislead you about the best time to buy. But one general rule that we tell everyone who has this question is to research flights early and often. If you see flight prices start to climb, this is an indicator that it is a good time to buy. Once the airline sells the limited number of seats at a certain price point, they bump prices to the next level (and so on). An incremental increase in flight cost generally will indicate that the flight is selling, and that prices will not subsequently go down. The opposite scenario is also important. If you watch flights for 4 weeks with no movement in price and then all of a sudden the fares go down? That means it is time to buy. The flight was likely not selling at the previous fare so the airline put it on “sale.” The one caveat if you find yourself in this situation – do not wait. There are likely dozens if not hundreds of people in your situation and some of them will take advantage of the low fare. It will not last. One final caveat – if you see a good itinerary (good connections or nonstop) at a good price, hop on it as well. Nonstops are a premium. The longer you wait to buy, the less availability for those good trips. So you might save money by waiting, but you could also get stuck with a much less desirable itinerary. I hope this helps! Good luck to you.

    1. Hi Jacqueline, we generally recommend purchasing flights to South America about 3 months out (96 days, on average, will give you the best overall prices). Hope this helps!

    1. Hi there. Where are you traveling from? We recommend buying tickets from the US or Canada about 10 months from your travel dates to get the best airfares.

  158. Hello cheapair,

    Thank you for your blog post.

    I’m looking to fly to Venice, Italy from Toronto, Canada and then back from Pula, Croatia. I want to book now, but I’m not sure if booking during the holiday season has any affect on the price. Would you suggest to wait to book in the new year?

    Thank you for your help.

    1. Hi Alexys, When are you planning to fly? If you’re going anywhere from january to August next year, we’d have to recommend you buy soon. If you are planning to travel in the latter part of 2016 you have a little more wiggle room with time. Sometimes around the holidays you might see sale fares, but not typically for the high season of May-August in Europe.

  159. I want to book a trip in March 2016 (About the week of the 21st). From BJX (Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico) to DFW (Dallas, TX, USA). When’s the best time to find good deals?

    1. Hi there, Most of our fare data is for outbound U.S. and Canadian travelers so I want to make sure I’m clear with you that these are just general tips rather than specific advice for your market. I would recommend starting to look soon after the holidays when sales might start to be available. It’s also a good tip to avoid booking on the weekend (in general). Tuesdays and Wednesdays are better days to book for low fares. Hope this helps!

  160. I am planning a Trip to Seattle(USA) to Hyderabad(India) this summer may be in the mid of June. Can you please suggest when is the good time to book the ticket.

    1. Hi Vijay, We actually recommend booking flights to Asia about 10 months out to get the best price. Since we are within that window, I would suggest you book sooner rather than later. If you have some flexibility on what dates you would like to fly, that may help you save some money. I hope this helps you!

  161. Hi I am looking to fly to Australia next year from London around October time. Ideally flying into Sydney and returning to London from the same airport. When would be a good time to book these flights? I was thinking 3 months before departure!

    1. Hi Lee, Most of our fare data is for outbound U.S. and Canadian travelers so I want to make sure I’m clear with you that these are just general tips rather than specific advice for your market. We recommend booking flights to Europe from the US quite a bit farther out than 3 months. Three months is typically what we recommend for domestic, internal flights. I’d start looking after the holidays at least to get an idea of fare fluctuations. If you start to see a steady climb in fares (even small, incremental amounts) that is the sweet spot for purchasing because it means that seats are selling out. If you see a jump in fare or a dip in fare as well – hop on it. Static airfares holding strong for quite a while indicate that seats are not selling. Sometimes airlines will drop fares to try and generate interest. But you have to keep in mind that there are dozens or even potentially hundreds of people watching the same routes. If a fare dips, don’t hold off thinking it will go down more.

  162. Hi, me and my wife are planning on going to Athens, Amsterdam, and Paris next November, leaving from SFO, how far in advance should I book? I found a flight online for about $1500, is that a good deal and should I go forward with that or hold off till closer? Thank you so much for your help and have a great Xmas!!!

  163. Hello,

    My family and I are planning to spend Christmas & New Year holidays in Manila
    December 2016 and leaving the first week of January. All I know is I don’t see anything available yet for December 2016, but I am keeping my eye out for any cheaper deals. Right now, there are available tickets November 2016 and the prices from JFK are showing a pretty decent cost. Just really waiting for December 2016 dates to be available so we can start hunting for a good purchase and finally book a flight!

    Thank you

    1. Hi Maria, Good thinking ahead! Because you’re doing so, you’ll get a better fare. Having said that (and I know you’ve been watching fares for November), realize that you’re going to pay more in December when a lot more people tend to travel, even internationally. I recommend buying your ticket not long after the fares get published – holiday season fares tend to go up due to demand and you are traveling with your family so you’ll want to buy while there are seats available for people to sit together. Best of luck to you.

  164. I am planning a trip for mid-October 2016 to France. I’ve been watching the fares since they opened up and there has been very little fluctuation. I have fixed dates of travel, airline, and airport. Should I continue to watch in hopes they’ll go down or buy the tickets now at the current price? Thanks!

    1. Hi Tisha, If you have no flexibility in terms of dates, airline and airport, I wouldn’t wait too long. I imagine that you’ll see some sales going on prior to your departure, but big sales are not going to come to Mobile. I imagine you’ll see some discounts out of major gateways like JFK or EWR (especially if you’re flying to Paris, for example) – but whenever flexibility isn’t there we recommend purchasing sooner rather than later. Good luck to you.

  165. Hi. I am planning a Christmas vacation from London to Vancouver for December 2016. Fares are yet to be published for the dates we are going, by the two airlines that fly there (Air Canada and British Airways), with one flight each per day. We want a direct flight, ideally premium economy so have a few restrictions. My instinct is that given there are only 2 flights per day and limited number of premium economy seats that it would be better to book as soon as the fares are published and then give plenty of time to save for the rest of the vacation. Is it likely that these would come down in a sale later in the year do you think?

    1. Laura, You’ve got the right idea. In any situation where you have specifics in mind such as yours (direct flight, premium seating), you’re going to want to book as early as you can. Those seats sell out first and they do not tend to be discounted. If it’s important to you, I’d book as soon as they publish rather than taking your chances, especially since the schedule is limited.

  166. I am Planning to fly Chennai from Dallas Fort worth on April 23 and return by May 28. When will be the right time for me to book the ticket ?

    1. Hi there, thanks for the question. We recommend booking nearly a year out for flights to Asia (if you’re looking to get the best fare). So, the short answer is you should not wait much longer because the airfares will simply continue to climb the closer we get to your travel dates. Theoretically, RIGHT NOW would be a great time to buy since a lot of airlines run sales after the holidays as well. If you have flexibility on your travel days, you can sometimes shave off some cost by avoiding flights on the weekend as well. Good luck to you.

  167. Hi.
    Thanks a lot for all your blogs It really helps us travellers and tourists as well.
    We are planning to visit Philippines for a month from Dec.17 2016 to Jan. 17 2017 from Edmonton AB Canada. I will be travelling with my parents and my brother. When is the best time to book? Some airlines/agents don’ t have flight schedule yet as maybe it’s too early. Some have it but too expensive. Are these airlines still going to drop their airfares? Evaair (yvr to manila) for example. Thanks a lot and more power to CheapAir.

    1. Hi Klein, Thanks so much for the kind words. In some cases the flight schedules may not be published yet, this is true. There’s no way to know for sure which flight prices might come down and which prices might stay high. We can probably make some guesses though. Typically the airlines first published fares DO come down a bit. We recommend booking flights to Asia almost a year out so you are right to be looking right now! Good luck to you.

  168. We are planning to travel from Louisville KY to Las Vegas Nevada from 6/23/2016 to 6/26/2016. When is the best time to find the cheapest round trip tickets?

    1. Hi Noemi, The good news is that Vegas often has loads of cheap tickets and summer is low season de to the heat. I think you’re safe waiting a bit – maybe even as close as 1-2 months to your travel dates. I would start a serious search about 3-4 months out. Good luck to you!

  169. Hi there! My boyfriend and I were planning on traveling to London and Liverpool this summer in mid July. I’ve never been out of the country and am very confused with all of the information I’ve found about international flights. when would the best time to book a flight be and is there an average price I can expect to pay? I really don’t know what to expect when it comes to cost.

    1. Hi Hannah, Thanks for reaching out. Yes – it can be quite confusing to weed through all of the airfare booking information, even for seasoned travelers! Well, as you probably already suspect, summer is a busy time for leisure travel to Europe from the United States so airfare is quite a bit more expensive then than at other times of the year. You are going to find your cheapest flights to Europe out of east coast cities (New York airport JFK usually has some good deals, even in the summer). I’m not sure where you are traveling from, but obviously most people are not flying from New York City so you have to add that cost on from wherever you are flying. Bigger airports will get you better prices than smaller, regional airports typically. Also, you can sometimes shave off some cost if you book flights mid-week as opposed to the weekend. Finally, stay as flexible as you can for the best deals. Nonstop flights are more expensive and sell out faster. If you can book a connecting flight that can usually save you some coin. Hope this helps!

  170. Hi,
    I am planning a trip from New York (JFK) to Paris during July for Bastille Day. I have a broad range of when I’d like to depart and return, but I also have a specific hotel I’d like to stay at. I was experimenting on Expedia and it seems that the hotel has not opened up its availability for that specific time in July yet, but I put in different dates as if I were going to go in late June instead and the price was around $4,400 per person. I have not seen it this high for that specific hotel and after reading the CheapAir article regarding International flights, I put in that I would be departing March 18th and returning March 26th and the price was only $1,715 per person. When would be the best time to book a flight to Paris during this time? Bastille Day is a major celebration there so I am sure that it will be more expensive in general, but I strongly believe the price will go down as I have not seen it as high as $4,000.
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi Kira, I think your hunch might be right that the prices will go down, but since Bastille Day is a very big holiday in Paris, I would defer to someone who was an expert on Parisian travel. I suggest posting on a Francophile blogger site and pose the question. While 4K sounds very high, perhaps there are extenuating circumstances – is this a particularly important Bastille Day in 2016 for some reason? Is there a major sporting event in/around Paris or even in Europe that could be driving pieces higher? Our site gives lots of domestic and international information, but airfares are not created in a vacuum. There are a lot of factors that affect price. Make sure that you have all of the information before waiting. It;s a gamble.

  171. Hi,
    I am planning my trip to Saint Petersburg, Russia from Pune, India in June 2016 (mostly in mid week, say June 10, 2016). I wish to book a ticket but not sure if it would be a good idea to book now or in February / March. June is summer time in Russia so I am not really sure about the rush. Could you please suggest. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Moses, we are a North American company and so our travel advice is based on flights originating in the US or Canada. We do recommend purchasing tickets to Asia and Europe about 9-11 months out from travel date to get the best prices. Using that metric, I might be looking now if I were you. It is a good idea to book mid-week for best prices, so you’ve got the right idea there! Good luck to you.

  172. Hi, me and my wife are planning on going to Athens, Amsterdam, and Paris next November, leaving from SFO, how far in advance should I book? I found a flight online for about $1500, is that a good deal and should I go forward with that or hold off till closer?

  173. Hi there! traveling from Costa Rica to Sao Paulo Br garulhos Dec 31st 2016 ( two way) and returning Jan 14 2017– when do you suggest is the best time to purchase for best fares? And which sites do you recommend i look in for the best rates out there/? Thanks!!

    1. Hi Nat, it might be slightly early to look for fares into 2017. Some airlines may not have the fares posted just yet. We recommend booking travel to South America about 3 month out from the United States. We are a travel retailer, so of course we recommend http://www.cheapair.com. We have the best customer service and very low prices. Our company is based in North America so we do expect our customers to have a credit card that is drawn on a U.S. or Canadian bank. We also take bitcoin. Good luck to you!

  174. Hi – we are flying from New York to Paris in September 2016. I read your advice above but should I book now? (About 1300 round trip non stop for each ticket)? or wait a few months?
    Thank you –
    Rachel

    1. Hi Rachel, Basically our advice is to purchase tickets to European destinations about 9 months out for the best prices. Now, this does take in a lot of factors, including all of the various gateways from the states to popular and less popular gateways year round (including high season). You’re booking at the tail end of the U.S. tourist season in Europe and you are traveling to and from gateways with a LOT of flights. This is good news for you. Unless you are trying to book business or first class (which will always sell out), I think it is probably safe to watch and wait on fares for a few weeks, anyway. There are usually great prices out of JFK to Paris (even in the summer). If you can snag a flight for $600 or so, that’s a very good price at any time of the year. I have seen flights for less, but we don’t like to gamble over here. Anything in the $450 to 550 range is a snap it up now sort of deal (hard to come by). Hope this helps!

  175. Hi,
    We would like to fly from Brisbane to Los Angeles approximately 27th November 2016, then around 5 weeks later fly from Rio back to Brisbane. When would be the best time for us to purchase these airfares?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Karen, Most of our fare intelligence is based on flights that originate in North America and Canada (we’re based in the U.S.) so I don’t want to mislead you about the best time to buy. But one general rule that we tell everyone who has this question is to research flights early and often. If you see flight prices start to climb, this is an indicator that it is a good time to buy. Once the airline sells the limited number of seats at a certain price point, they bump prices to the next level (and so on). An incremental increase in flight cost generally will indicate that the flight is selling, and that prices will not subsequently go down. The opposite scenario is also important. If you watch flights for 4 weeks with no movement in price and then all of a sudden the fares go down? That means it is time to buy. The flight was likely not selling at the previous fare so the airline put it on “sale.” The one caveat if you find yourself in this situation – do not wait. There are likely dozens if not hundreds of people in your situation and some of them will take advantage of the low fare. It will not last. One final caveat – if you see a good itinerary (good connections or nonstop) at a good price, hop on it as well. Nonstops are a premium. The longer you wait to buy, the less availability for those good trips. So you might save money by waiting, but you could also get stuck with a much less desirable itinerary. I hope this helps! Good luck to you.

  176. we are traveling from New England (some in CT and some Boston) traveling to Salvador Brazil in Sept- two week duration but travel dates a little flexible (would like to include the labor day holiday weekend) trying to see if 1) it makes sense to book flights now 2) would it be best( and cheapest) to travel from Boston(Logan), Hartford (Bradley) or New York-

    1. Hi Katie, It’s always going to be a better priced ticket to purchase out of a larger, international airport. So if it isn’t too inconvenient, buy tickets out of Boston and JFK. We recommend booking about 90 days out for most destinations in South America. Now this year MIGHT be a little trickier because of the Olympics in Rio, but if I were you I’d just plan to start monitoring fares sooner rather than later and see how much they fluctuate. If you have a large group traveling and it is important that you be on same flights or sitting together, you’ll also want to book earlier. So much goes into what is a “good” fare for people. It may seem (at time of booking) that the lowest price is the most important thing, but if you have to drive in from Hartford and get a motel/hotel room to save $200-300 dollars, it might be better to have the convenience of being close to home (especially on the back end when you might be more tired). Just a few things to think about. Keep in mind that spikes in price or dips indicate a good time to buy – others are also probably watching your itinerary and airlines only have a certain number of seats at each price point. If you think you are seeing a great deal, snap it up. Don’t wait.

  177. Hi there. I’m planning a trip to Cancun with my wife and two small children for this July from Fri the 22nd to Fri the 29th. Do you think I should start looking for tickets now? And does it matter on what day of the week I’m searching (i.e. Thur versus Mon)? Thanks!

    1. Hi there, great questions. It really does save money sometimes if you can fly mid-week (Tuesday or Wednesday) rather than Thursday through Sunday). You’re not too early to start your search now, especially if you’re looking to get everyone sitting together on the flight. We recommend booking about 8 months out to Mexico which seems early, but usually garners the best rates. Hope this helps!

  178. Hi
    I will be traveling to Costa Rica from europe(Slovenia) in august this year with my best friend, and we were wondering when is the best time to buy the tickets, right now or should we wait a bit?
    Thanks for the answer

    1. Hi Luka, Our fare intelligence is based on flights that originate in North America and Canada (we’re based in the U.S.) so I don’t want to mislead you about the best time to buy. But one general rule that we tell everyone who has this question is to research flights early and often. If you see flight prices start to climb, this is an indicator that it is a good time to buy. Once the airline sells the limited number of seats at a certain price point, they bump prices to the next level (and so on). An incremental increase in flight cost generally will indicate that the flight is selling, and that prices will not subsequently go down. The opposite scenario is also important. If you watch flights for 4 weeks with no movement in price and then all of a sudden the fares go down? That means it is time to buy. The flight was likely not selling at the previous fare so the airline put it on “sale.” The one caveat if you find yourself in this situation – do not wait. The longer you wait to buy, the less availability for those good trips. So you might save money by waiting, but you could also get stuck with a much less desirable itinerary. I hope this helps! Good luck to you.

  179. Hello, We are planning to fly from Charlotte to Dublin May 17-30th for our Honeymoon. Prefer the direct flight. We could be flexible with the days, but thought May was outside of peak season. We started looking at flights in October and since then it’s increased in price by ~400 per ticket. Right now it seems to be around $1330 for the direct from Charlotte to Dublin through American, or if there is a chance they will go down. Trying to hedge our bets here. Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Kelly, Unfortunately it’s not really a risk you should take (to wait). When prices start to climb (or increase exponentially) that’s a sure indication that the flights are selling down and that seats are filling. Every airline sells a very limited number of seats at each price point – if you are looking at specific flights (or your market has limited availability), you should take the best price available. One other option if you have some flexibility is to look at flights out of JFK. There are going to be cheaper flights to Dublin from JFK, and then you could work backward to get a cheaper ticket to New York. Of course, that’s still a gamble but I can already see flights available from Charlotte to JFK for selected dates in May for around $175 and flights from JFK to Dublin for around $600. Of course, this sets aside your connection and American airline preferences. You just have to weigh what is most important to you – cost or the specifics in your itinerary. Hope this helps!

  180. Hello
    I will be traveling with my friend to Denver from Venice on august 6th and were wondering when is the best time for us to buy tickets?

  181. Hi, my friend and I are planning a Europe trip for early August from California, should we be booking our tickets already? Or do we still have some time to wait to see if fares will decrease a bit? Thank you!

    1. Hi there, we do recommend booking fares from the U.S. to Europe about 9 months out to get the best price. So you’re pretty much right on time. Of course, these are average fares across all markets – it might be worth it to wait a bit. Really, starting to look right now and watching and waiting is probably the best bet. If you see prices either go up slightly or go down slightly, that will tell you it is time to buy. If prices for your itinerary start to steadily climb, they are not likely to go back down, even this early. In addition, if you need specific itineraries for travel (specific connections, non stops), I would definitely plan to buy sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, the less inventory will be available. Good luck to you.

    1. Hi Virgil, Our fare intelligence is based on flights that originate in North America and Canada (we’re based in the U.S.) so I don’t want to mislead you about the best time to buy. But one general rule that we tell everyone who has this question is to research flights early and often. If you see flight prices start to climb, this is an indicator that it is a good time to buy. Once the airline sells the limited number of seats at a certain price point, they bump prices to the next level (and so on). An incremental increase in flight cost generally will indicate that the flight is selling, and that prices will not subsequently go down. The opposite scenario is also important. If you watch flights for 4 weeks with no movement in price and then all of a sudden the fares go down? That means it is time to buy. The flight was likely not selling at the previous fare so the airline put it on “sale.” The one caveat if you find yourself in this situation – do not wait. The longer you wait to buy, the less availability for those good trips. So you might save money by waiting, but you could also get stuck with a much less desirable itinerary. I hope this helps! Good luck to you.

  182. Hi my family and I are going on vacation November 5th through the 12th 2016. We live in the Philadelphia area and are flying to Punta Cana Dominican Republic. We have 6 adults and 1 child age 5 going. We looked at flight prices about 3 weeks ago and they were less than they are now by almost a couple hundred dollars. Are the prices going to continue to climb or do you think they will come down again? I am so worried we lost our opportunity for decent priced tickets. Thank you for your time.

    1. Hi Danielle, Because of the number of tickets you are purchasing, you might run into this problem. Often, the airlines have a limited number of tickets available at a certain price point. Try searching for 1 or 2 tickets to see if the price you saw a few weeks ago is there – if they don’t have all 6 at that price, the system will bump you up to the next tier. I would definitely keep a close eye on the fares for a couple of weeks. Though we generally recommend purchasing about 3 months out for Caribbean destinations it is quite possible that the popularity of this destination from Philly is going to keep the prices going up. If the trend is for fares to climb, that means people are buying them at the rates available. Sometimes closer to travel an airline might add a flight to meet demand, but I wouldn’t count on that as a purchasing strategy. This trend seems to indicate you should buy soon.

  183. Hi! I am planning a family vacation in Manila, Philippines. We are set with our dates from 12/16/2016 (must be a 8pm flight or later), otherwise we can leave on 12/17/2016 and our return date will be 01/08/2017. I know the airfares aren’t listed yet this far ahead but I was wondering how far in advance should I really consider purchasing our airfares. I’ve noticed prices are higher right when they are posted in December 2016. At first, I see them just above $1000. But after a week, I tend to see them just above $900 and by the second week, just above $800. How low could I expect the airfare to go down? Thanks for you advice.

    1. Hi Aura, Yes, O’Hare will give you the best pricing and it really isn’t too early for you to be looking for flights. We recommend booking out almost a year for flights to Asia to get the best fares. Honestly, flights for $700-800 are about as good as you are going to see them. I would snap them up if you are seeing those prices and already have specific flights you’re trying to book. The best fares will go fast.

  184. Hello, I am planning a trip from Sydney Australia to San Francisco, returning from Los Angeles (depart 24 Dec 2016 and return 21 Jan 2017). I would like to know how early I should book flights to get the best price? Thank you!

    1. Hi Pearl, most of our flight data refers to flights originating in the US and flying domestic or internationally. I don’t want to mislead you about the best time to buy. But one general rule that we tell everyone who has this question is to research flights early and often. If you see flight prices start to climb, this is an indicator that it is a good time to buy. Once the airline sells the limited number of seats at a certain price point, they bump prices to the next level (and so on). An incremental increase in flight cost generally will indicate that the flight is selling, and that prices will not subsequently go down. The opposite scenario is also important. If you watch flights for 4 weeks with no movement in price and then all of a sudden the fares go down? That means it is time to buy. The flight was likely not selling at the previous fare so the airline put it on “sale.” The one caveat if you find yourself in this situation – do not wait. There are likely dozens if not hundreds of people in your situation and some of them will take advantage of the low fare. It will not last. One final caveat – if you see a good itinerary (good connections or nonstop) at a good price, hop on it as well. Nonstops are a premium. The longer you wait to buy, the less availability for those good trips. So you might save money by waiting, but you could also get stuck with a much less desirable itinerary. I hope this helps! Good luck to you.

  185. Hi my friend and I are interested in leaving from Melbourne Australia to Hong Kong at around the 1st of December 2016 and returning in a few weeks. This is my first time looking for flights so I have absolutely no idea how much or when the cheapest tickets will be. Could you please give us a few pointers?

    1. Hi Jenny, most of our flight data refers to flights originating in the US and flying domestic or internationally. I don’t want to mislead you about the best time to buy. But one general rule that we tell everyone who has this question is to research flights early and often. If you see flight prices start to climb, this is an indicator that it is a good time to buy. Once the airline sells the limited number of seats at a certain price point, they bump prices to the next level (and so on). An incremental increase in flight cost generally will indicate that the flight is selling, and that prices will not subsequently go down. The opposite scenario is also important. If you watch flights for 4 weeks with no movement in price and then all of a sudden the fares go down? That means it is time to buy. The flight was likely not selling at the previous fare so the airline put it on “sale.” The one caveat if you find yourself in this situation – do not wait. There are likely dozens if not hundreds of people in your situation and some of them will take advantage of the low fare. It will not last. One final caveat – if you see a good itinerary (good connections or nonstop) at a good price, hop on it as well. Nonstops are a premium. The longer you wait to buy, the less availability for those good trips. So you might save money by waiting, but you could also get stuck with a much less desirable itinerary. I hope this helps! Good luck to you.

    1. Hi Jason, our advice is usually North American centered (we are a U.S. company and a lot of Canadians used our services as well). However, I imagine we can make some general recommendations for you. I would definitely be looking already – and keep an eye on the fares. If you see the fares go down a bit, THAT is the best time to buy. Also, if you see the prices spike a bit (go higher). When the fares are static it’s probably the least ideal time to buy, though, if you see a good fare you should always snap it up. I would think you could do better than 1300 GBP for the ticket, but I’m not an expert. When I search on flights out of Gatwick, I see tickets using United and American for much less than this. Of course, if your preference is for WestJet this might be the best price available. Good luck to you!

  186. Hi, thanks for the forum

    We are looking to fly from dc to st thomas in July. we looked a few days ago and nonstop flights were 405. Now they are 500! Everything we read everywhere said to wait, but waiting just a few days has cost us potentially 500$ (family of 5). Will they go back down over the next few weeks??
    Thx

    1. Hi Traci, Our winter (Dec-Feb) is really high season for Columbia with our summer basically being considered shoulder season in the southern hemisphere. We recommend booking about 90 days out for South America and I would definitely stick with that plan. Columbia is sort of a hot destination right now, but its popularity in the media has yet to go widespread with travelers. This means there will likely be be good flight deals!

  187. Hello,
    Me and my husband are planning on going on our honeymoon this year in November. We would be flying out of SFO and we have narrowed it down to Greece, Amsterdam, and Paris for where we will be staying over the course of 3 weeks. When do you recommend is the best time to buy airfare? I have already started looking and seems as though most flights are in the range of about $2500 for everything but I was able to find one for $1500 roundtrip for each of us, do you think I should move forward or wait? Thanks for your advice!

    1. Hi Mayra, $2,500 sounds very high to me, but it’s hard for me to say with 100% clarity without knowing how you plan to travel. Athens or Paris will likely have the least expensive tickets from SFO, and you can definitely piece together inter-European travel using RyanAir or EasyJet (the two big low cost carriers in Europe). However, they are a bit less (or a lot, depending on what you’re used to) comfy than U.S. air carriers, and you will probably be traveling with more luggage than they would accept for free. If you’d prefer to stay on U.S. carriers for the trip, you will definitely spend more. Also, are you looking for non stops and/or premium layovers? The more restrictions you might have on a ticket, will dictate when you should buy. I would buy right now if you have specific itineraries in mind/required. If you are a bit more flexible, you could watch and wait and do some additional research to see if you can put together a better (cheaper) ticket. I know you can, but not sure if a honeymoon flight schedule is one in which you want to go bare bones. It definitely depends on the style of traveler you are.

  188. Hey. I’m going to Europe. I am going on my cruise on April 2017. So we plan on leaving like a day before the cruise to get there with time. We are planning on traveling around Europe after our cruise. I want to know if it’s cheaper to just get round trip from the same city or if we can get to one place and leave from another. We plan on going to Venice Italy and leave from either Barcelona or Paris. And when are the best times to get it. I saw the eirlier the better depending on destinations.

    1. Hi Augustin, It used to be that you could the best prices flying in and out of the same city. That really isn’t so much the case anymore. In fact, it might be more of a hassle and expense to get you back to the city you originally landed in. Of course, research all of your options, but it’s quite possible that you’ll do fine by purchasing tickets into one city and out of another. Another thing working in your favor is that you’re not going in high season (summer). You’e also getting the planning started much earlier than most people. The airlines won’t even have these fares published right now. Plan to start a serious search in May (after flights are posted) and you should be in a very good position to save.

  189. I’m finding flights from Huntsville Alabama to Sweden at a little under US$1,000 right now for Oct. 3 to Oct 13. A popular phone app suggests I should expect prices on that flight to drop through about April, though that certainly disagrees with your 39-week advice. Given that October is far from prime tourist season in Stockholm, what recommendations can you make? Thanks!

    1. Hi Barry, There’s a few things to keep in mind when shopping this itinerary. To begin with, our advice is based on averages over all European destinations and individual high and low seasons, local events and price fluctuations of the previous year. So. 39-weeks is an average. In addition, as you say, October is far from prime tourist season in Stockholm (though I would call it shoulder season, rather than low season). In good faith, we can’t recommend waiting until April. Our best advice is always going to be to watch and wait, the earlier the better. Look for either spikes in price or dips. Any movement in price indicates that tickets are selling (spike) or not selling (dip). A spike means that tickets are selling at the pricing structure in place and selling out which means the next tier of seats is opening up (and fares will likely not go back down). A dip means that the airlines are adjusting the price because tickets have not been selling and/or other extenuating circumstances. But don’t fall into the trap of CONTINUING to wait for tickets to go down more. Remember a lot of people are watching airfares and when others see a dip, they will buy. That could cause the ticket price to start to go up again. If it looks like a good price, it probably is. Buy!

  190. Thanks so much for the information! I am currently in Southeast Asia and do not have a return ticket booked. I am looking at booking a ticket back to Calgary, Canada in April or May. Should I book as soon as possible? I am very flexible with dates (up to a few weeks).

    1. Hi Justin, because you have a lot of flexibility I would say it would be worth your while to watch and wait for a couple of weeks. You might see a sale fare pop up. If you have specific flight times or layover/connection requirements, then I would say you might want to start a more serious look right now. The more flexibility you have as a traveler, the better chance you have of snagging a cheap fare. Good luck to you!

  191. We are planning a trip from Chicago to Cairns Australia in May. There are four of us and we each want to pay with our own credit cards but want to sit together. Is this possible to do that on line? If so how? Is there a better day of the week in which to purchase the tickets?

    1. Hi Kim, It’s actually a tactic that might get you a lower fare (booking separate rather than all together) but I would do this direct through the airline website and I would all synchronize your purchases so you can have a good shot of sitting together. There’s no better day of the week to purchase tickets, but the days of the week do matter in terms of which days are typically cheaper. Weekend flights are usually more expensive than mid-week flights. Good luck to you!

  192. We are flying from STL to CUN December 25th, 2016 returning January 1, 2017. We would prefer a direct early/mid-morning flight there but are willing to have 1 stop with no more than 6hrs travel time. Return flight is the same but afternoon flight time home. It looks like Frontier is the only airline that has direct flights, but they don’t start selling tickets for December until early summer. When should we start looking and should we wait for Frontier to post their dates? Thanks

    1. Hi Stephanie, I think you have enough restrictions in the type of ticket that you want to buy that you should start looking as soon as you see fares posted. The “best” itineraries always sell out first, usually at full price because some travelers are always going to pay a premium for convenience. If you have these parameters as more of a general “wish list,” I think you’d be safe watching and waiting for a bit once the fares are published. But if these are deal-breakers for you, I’d buy sooner rather than later. You’re looking at a very busy week (the busiest in terms of air travel for the year), at a very popular time for Mexican beach destinations. One more caveat: read the fine print before booking with Frontier. They have recently changed their policies and now have a more a la carte menu of options much more like Spirit. You just want to make sure you know what all of the extras might be to pay for….Good luck to you.

  193. We are a group of 8 waiting to book our return flight from PLS Providenciales/Turks Caicos to Newark, NJ on May 21st 2016. (we have already booked the outbound United nonstop flight for $230 one way) There is only one non-stop return flight on United. It has stayed around $482(ONE WAY) for a few months, fluctuating slightly. Today it is $422. Do you expect this fare will reduce significantly in the coming months? We do have a few other options of flights home, with a stop, for $300+. Do you think all of these flights will come down in the next month or so? We are 4 months out at this point. TIA

    1. Hi Dee, I would not wait in your case. Here is why. The “best” itineraries always sell out first, usually at full price because some travelers are always going to pay a premium for convenience. If you have these parameters as more of a general “wish list,” I think you’d be safe watching and waiting for a bit. But if getting this particular nonstop is a deal-breakersfor you, I’d buy sooner rather than later. You’re looking for 8 tickets and that could literally be all the airline has at the rate currently showing. They have small numbers of seats at each price point. The longer you wait at this point, the better the chances to you that 1 or more of your tickets will be more. Good luck to you.

  194. Hi…looking to book a flight for Orlando July 26, 2016 and returning August 6, 2016. Looking for a party of 7 or more people. Should we book now or would it be better to wait?

    1. Hi Mike, We recommend booking sooner than later for larger parties. Since you threw in “or more” I’m assuming this could be a group as large even as 10. If you do hit that threshold, it would be wise to reach out to the airlines directly to see about getting group pricing. Orlando is one of those destinations that is pretty evergreen in terms of seasonality, unfortunately. Summertime is very popular for families. I’d definitely say it’s not too early to start monitoring fares now. Good luck to you.

  195. Thank you for the quick reply, yet I have found a flight that seems much more approachable (https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#search;f=BHX;t=LAX;d=2016-08-22;r=2016-08-29;sel=BHXDUB0EI3265-DUBLAX0EI145,LAXDUB0EI144-DUBBHX1EI276;q=BHX+to+LAX) that, as you can see, is from BHX to DUB, DUB to LAX then back again. Now, the price is only in the 500s, which is easily manageable for me, yet as I will be 17 by the time I wish to travel, and might be travelling alone, I am wondering whether it would be too dangerous to try or not.

  196. Thank you for your response. We do have other options. Though not ideal, the flights with 1 stop are in the 320 or so range. We even have one flight that stops in Toronto for $237and flying into JFK is an option at $250. So I would hate to pay an extra $200 each, only to find that it drops in a few weeks to a realistic fare. I just find it odd that May 21st is one of the few very high one way fares for that itinerary. most other days are 200-300 on that non-stop route

    1. The 21st is a Saturday. Try to compare to the other Saturdays in the month for that itinerary to make sure it’s an apples to apples comparison. It might also be that it’s just a more popular flight for that particular weekend. Memorial Day weekend will be more expensive so perhaps there are more people booking to avoid the Memorial Day crowds and higher fares. I’m just not sure. It’s a gamble to wait. I would guess that the price will continue to edge up – but if you’re open to one of these other options, it might not be a bad gamble to see if the prices do come down. Good luck to you!

  197. I am traveling to Cancun Mexico Thursday 11/10/2016 returning Tuesday 11/15/2016. I will be flying out of Chicago non-stop. Based on your suggestions, are you stating that it would be best to wait until 251 days prior to my trip date to book my flight? Currently the cheapest non-stop flight is $460.00 for O’Hare through United Airlines. I wanted to wait for southwest to release their prices however; that probably wouldn’t be until the end of April and my concern is that if I wait for southwest to release their dates/prices, it might not be cheaper than United and by then United’s prices may have gone up. Based off of your experience, is $460 non-stop from Chicago to Cancun in mid-November a pretty good deal or is there a big chance that they will go lower if I wait a little longer or wait until end of April for southwest? I appreciate any guidance you can provide.

    1. Hi Griselda – lots of good questions here! Well, first of all, yes. Under $500 is not a bad price for Chicago to Cancun. Might you do better? It’s possible. 251 days is an average of all Mexico destinations, but yes, cancun is a very popular one so I would look earlier rather than later. Working in your favor to perhaps wait a bit longer are the Southwest fares (competition can drive prices down, as you know) and the fact that you’re not traveling at a busy time of year. However, it’s a gamble to wait. No doubt about it. If I were in your shoes (and I do not like to gamble), I would probably wait for Southwest because they do tend to beat United’s fares and you are going outside of the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays. But, then I circle back to your main question. $460 is not a bad price. If you save, let’s say, $30-40 bucks by waiting for Southwest’s fares, is it worth it to you for the additional stress in waiting and watching? It’s not likely to be a fare for $350. Spirit has fares that low and no one beats them. Of course if you fly Spirit there are major restrictions and extra a la carte fees that typically add up to another $100 or so. Good luck to you. Let us know what you decide!

  198. Traveling from Seattle to Sandusky Ohio. The little research I’ve shows the closest cheapest average nonstop flights to get us there are to detroit airport. I’ve seen it as low as $349 round trip. We plan on flying out on May 20th 2016 when should I get serious about booking/looking at cheap nonstop fairs?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Don, Our recommendation is to book in the prime booking window which is 1-4 months from your travel date. ON AVERAGE, the best fares were bought 47 days out from travel (last year) but this is a guideline rather than a rule. It’s definitely not too early to be looking now. If you find that fares seem to be slowly climbing, you should buy right away. Also, if you find fares dip (even slightly) it’s a good time to buy. Remember there are other people likely looking at your same itinerary – some of them will bite as soon as fares go down. It’s a major mistake to hope for deep discounts or to see an itinerary go down and hope it will continue to fall before buying. We always recommend people aim for a “good” fare rather than the “best” fare, which these days can be something of a unicorn. One other caveat – you mention cheap non stops. If you need non stops from your gateway, plan to buy earlier. Also, non stops are usually a premium these days (because people will pay extra for the convenience). So your cheapest itinerary is likely going to have connections. You have to decide how much convenience trumps cost. Good luck to you!

  199. My group of 10 is looking for mutlicity air Sept. 4- Chicago to Florence and then return Sept. 18 Naples to Chicago. When should we buy air? Do you book group air?

    1. Hi Georgia, we usually wouldn’t turn way business but you’re definitely going to get the best rates by going direct to the airline if you have a group of 10 or more. Good luck to you.

  200. Hi there,

    I plan to visit LA in the month of Dec. Proposed dates are Bom-Lax:10th Dec and return Lax-Bom: 29th Dec. Kindly let me know when would be the best time to book flights for 1 adult and one child. Thanks .

    1. Hello. Typically, we recommend buying nearly a year out for the best fares to India. I realize you are making the reverse trip, so it is a bit trickier for us to say. A conservative and educated guess should say that you should probably start looking soon just to keep an eye on the fares (are they static, are the slowly climbing? Are they going down a bit?) Any movement in the fare is an indicator to buy. If the fares start to climb slowly, it’s because the airline is selling steadily and demand is going up. If the fares dip, it could be a sign that the flight is not selling so the airline has decided to lower the fare a bit to see if that will spark interest. This is the danger zone where some people make the mistake of waiting to see if the fare will continue to fall before they buy. More often than not, this does not happen. You should always look for a “good” fare rather than the “best” fare. Good luck to you.

  201. Hi, I am looking for an international flight from BOM(India) to MCO(USA) from 1st week of May to about 35 to 50 days trip duration. Could you please suggest how soon should i book the flight for buying cheaper tickets? Also I need to buy 3 tickets

    1. Hi there Apurva, We strongly recommend you buy very soon. Typically, we recommend buying nearly a year out for the best fares to India. I realize you are making the reverse trip, but we are still only about 4 months out from your travel date. For an internationally ticket, that is still very close. Good luck to you.

  202. Hi!

    I am trying to find a flight from Nairobi, Kenya (NBO) to Washington Dulles (IAD) on the 1st of May to the 16th of July. The cheapest price I have found so far is about $1050 on Qatar.
    Should I wait for the price to drop, or commit to this price?

    1. Hi Angela, I wish there was an easy answer to give you. A conservative and educated guess should say that you should probably start looking soon just to keep an eye on the fares (are they static, are the slowly climbing? Are they going down a bit?) Any movement in the fare is an indicator to buy. If the fares start to climb slowly, it’s because the airline is selling steadily and demand is going up. If the fares dip, it could be a sign that the flight is not selling so the airline has decided to lower the fare a bit to see if that will spark interest. This is the danger zone where some people make the mistake of waiting to see if the fare will continue to fall before they buy. More often than not, this does not happen. You should always look for a “good” fare rather than the “best” fare. Good luck to you.

  203. Hi
    I was wondering when in june would be the right time to book a trip to Guadalajara, mexico it will be two passangers and when is the best prices the lowest ?

    1. Hi Mercedez, 251 days from travel is what we recommend, so based on that you’re already a little bit late to probably get the BEST fare. You should definitely start looking now and watch the fares (are they static, are the slowly climbing? Are they going down a bit?) Any movement in the fare is an indicator to buy. If the fares start to climb slowly, it’s because the airline is selling steadily and demand is going up. If the fares dip, it could be a sign that the flight is not selling so the airline has decided to lower the fare a bit to see if that will spark interest. This is the danger zone where some people make the mistake of waiting to see if the fare will continue to fall before they buy. More often than not, this does not happen. You should always look for a “good” fare rather than the “best” fare. Good luck to you.

  204. Hello, this is kind of tangential but still pertaining to int’l flights. Looking to book to Asia for end of May. Cheaper flights are on JAL but that is not part of my preferred network (I fly almost exclusively Delta with their branded AmEx). Am I better off paying the extra $700 for Korean Air and gaining the $ and mileage credits? Also, how do the 2 airlines compare?

    1. Hi BD, I think it all depends on your priorities (the question of whether or not it is better to pay the extra $700). Our expertise is in airfare intelligence, so most of our customers are more motivated by price than loyalty programs. I do know that AMEX is perhaps the gold standard, so perhaps in your case it would make sense (in the long-term) to pay the extra money for this trip. I know that JAL has a bit more leg room and a more liberal baggage policy, but that Korean air tends to offer more favorably rated dining. I hope this information helps you. Good luck in making a choice!

  205. I am planning on flying from LAX to LHR on Thursday March 17th and returning on Sunday March 27th of this year, so a little more than two months away. I haven’t bought tickets yet because this trip was a last minute decision. That being said I’ve started looking at tickets tonight and the cheapest one I have found is $833 roundtrip. I am wondering if I should buy that ticket now or could I wait? How much will the price of the ticket most likely rise if I put off making my decision until the end of this month?

    1. Hi Erika, It’s really hard to say. The closer you get to your travel dates, the more likely rates are to rise simply because other people will also have last minute decisions to make (or will have put off purchase) and the airlines sell their seats in a tiered fashion (one price point will sell down, and then they move to the next tier of seats, and so on). Its much riskier to wait this close to your travel dates – the likelihood of the ticket price going down is just not a good gamble. Not saying that it’s an impossibility – just not likely at all. You are also traveling on St. Patrick’s Day which (while much more of an American holiday than an Irish or British one) might actually drive prices up a bit. If you decided to buy with CheapAir.com, we do offer “Price Drop Payback” which automatically protects your ticket should the price top post purchase (up to $100). Good luck to you!

  206. Looking to book a two week trip to either Paris or London leaving around November 6th. Would be leaving out of either Miami, FL or Fort Lauderdale, FL. I saw tickets for both locations get cheap for literally one day(sadly that day I wasn’t ready to buy) and haven’t seen them cheap again. It’s currently 275 days in advance. Should I wait?

    1. Hi Ryan, this is the eternal question. You’re probably not going to see fares dip again, but you just never know. November is not a busy time for travel to Europe, so it is conceivable that the fares might dip again if they don’t sell at the current levels but we don’t have any surefire way to predict which airlines might offer sales later in the year. Our recommendations are based on purchasing data from the previous year, so are good suggestions rather than hard and fast rules. If you were flying in the summer I would definitely not recommend waiting – since you’re traveling in the late autumn, it might be okay to watch the fares for a bit and see if you see any movement. If you see the fares start to climb (even incrementally) or dip again – that’s a sign to buy. A dip or spike – really ANY movement is key. We recommend buying a “good” ticket rather than holding out hopes for the “best” ticket price. When you track fares for a while, it’s easy to get a sense of what a good fare looks like. Good luck to you!

    1. Hi DG. We are U.S.-based so most of our airfare intelligence is going to be outbound from the States, but it’s true that more people will be going to Boston in late Spring than they will be going when the weather is more likely to be cold. Spring is when travel to the east coast becomes quite popular. You might try looking mid-week as opposed to weekend dates as those tend to be more expensive as well). Good luck to you!

      1. What surprised me was how prices increased from “early bird” rates (book in Nov) to later rates (book Feb) for Apr flights. The early bird gets suckered, it would seem!

  207. Leaving from Texas either DFW or AUS to BCN on August 5 return 17 should I wait to buy airline tickets or get them now, have been watching price alert $1585@ rt now.

    1. Hi Shari, We do recommend booking to Europe about 8 months out (on average) so using that guideline you should probably book now. Good luck to you!

  208. Hey Cheapair!

    My wife and I are planning on going from Dallas, Texas to Poznan, Poland over Christmas for 3 weeks, and I’m seeing flights are really expensive ($1400 average) in comparison to when we lived in Chicago! We were thinking of flying into either Berlin or Warsaw and then getting a ride into Poznan, but when is the prime-time to buy for Christmas from this location to that destination?

    And I read is some recent comments about a travel voucher if the price of flying goes down in comparison to what you paid. Could you tell me a little more about that?

    Thank you for your time!!

    1. Hi Cody, As you probably already know being from Chicago, the large Polish population keeps flights plentiful and (relatively) inexpensive from that neck of the woods. Most of central Europe has amazing winter/Christmas markets (both Berlin and Warsaw do) which can drive up prices, and the Christmas holidays are just going to be more expensive, no doubt about it. We have a feature if you buy with us called “Price Drop Payback.” If, after you buy, the itinerary you purchased drops in price, we will give you a credit towards future tickets up to $100 per ticket. You should probably be planning to purchase as soon as you can. The likelihood of anything being cheaper (or getting cheaper as the months roll by) from around December 18-January 2 or 3 is going to be very, very low. One thing to keep in mind – If you can travel mid-week, that will usually save you some. Good luck to you. We hope you book with us!

  209. Hi, We are planning to go to Malaysia middle of July (22nd July Fri – start school holiday in UK, return on the 14th Aug Sun, when is the best time to buy the ticket? When I look in Dec last year the price is only £300plus or £400plus, now is like £600plus.

    1. Hi Lola, so many factors could be affecting the price. If there is more of a demand this year, if there is something going on in Malaysia that week, perhaps there are fewer flights being offered, it’s hard to say. If you are seeing the price continue to climb, I would buy now. It’s not likely once a fare starts to climb that it will dip again. We recommend purchasing flights to Asian destinations about 8 months out so you are within the window already for best pricing. Good luck to you.

  210. I am planning to fly from YVR to FLL or MIA on Nov 25 and returning Dec 6, 2016. It seems flights to MIA have slightly longer stopovers which seems better. When should I seriously be looking at booking? I’m finding options around 450 Canadian which seems good?

    1. Hi Ashley, This time frame takes in the U.S. Thanksgiving which is a busy travel weekend but you are avoiding the most busy travel dates around it…and the first week in December is historically a very inexpensive time to travel. I think you are safe to wait a bit, maybe as much as 4 months out (I wouldn’t seriously start looking until late summer). Maybe set a fare alert but yes, you have a bit of time.

  211. We are a group of 8 traveling from one of the DC area airports (BWI might be easiest with parking but could fly from IAD or DCA) to Calgary (YYC). It seems like the cheapest have been hovering around $500 for the past few weeks. Our idea flights are around $540. Do you have any advice as to whether we should book now or wait?

    1. Hi Jennifer, You can expect flights to Calgary to be in the range of $400-600 for those dates. The summers are popular, so you might not see July and August dip much below $500. I would probably book in a month or so, especially if you see the fare start to climb at all. Because you have a party of 8, you’re not going to have the flexibility that a smaller party has, especially if you all want to sit together. Oftentimes, airlines have a small number of seats at one price point (as few as 10), so I would also encourage you to search for flights in smaller blocks (or even individually if you can). Any movement in the fare should be seen as an indication to buy. Good luck to you.

  212. Hi
    We are planning to fly to Orlando from Cape Town in November this year – when is the best time to book to get the best deals?
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Janet, Our advice is geared toward the North American traveler (we are based in the U.S.) so our flight data (that we base our advice on) is for outbound travel rather than incoming. Having said that, most of our international travel advice recommends 7=9 months out to get the best fares. Orlando is one of those evergreen destinations – it’s a family spot and the weather is very good mostly year-round. So I would imagine that you would plan to buy earlier rather than later – and if you are planning for travel during our Thanksgiving week (the last week in November – a very busy travel time as schools are closed, it’s a family holiday, etc.) I’d start even earlier. Best deals for hotels are going to be mid-week as well. Hope this helps a bit. Good luck to you!

  213. Hello,

    We are planing to leave on Dec. 23, 2016 from Chicago O’Hare to Casablanca, Morocco with a roundtrip return on Jan. 5, 2017. Would it be prudent to book now or wait a few more weeks?

    Thank you for any information you may provide.

    1. Hi Cole, We do recommend booking flights to Africa about 9 months out, but you’re right to be thinking a bit sooner since your travel dates are during the holidays. Waiting is always a bit of a gamble, but never more so than when you’re looking at dates around Christmas and New Years. You could watch the fares closely for a few weeks but if you see any movement in the price you should take that as a sign to buy.

      1. Thank you kindly for your informational response! We appreciate it and you took the exact words out of our mouths…it IS a GAMBLE!

  214. Looking at tickets from Chicago (ORD) USA to Cordoba (COR) Argentina in the Mid October 2016 timeframe, any advice on when these may be lowest would be very appreciated.

  215. Hi. I’m planning a trip to the USA. I have to be in LA end Feb 2017 but I’m flexible for 3 weeks either side of that date. I would be flying from the UK.Tickets are not on sale yet. What is my best strategy for the cheapest flights?

    1. Hi Karl, The airlines only post their schedules about 11 months out, so you do have a bit of time to work with. Our advice is tailored to the North American traveler and I am not sure where you are traveling from, but perhaps we can offer some generalized suggestions. To start, often buying flights on a weekday instead of a weekend can save some money. In addition, if you have flexibility (in time of day you can travel, in connection times, etc.) that can also save some. We always advise booking earlier for international flights when the availability of seats gives the most options, but you can sometimes take advantage of sales if you wait a bit. One very key way to tell if you should wait or buy is to take note of any movement in the fare (either higher or lower). When the fare starts to climb, even incrementally, that is often a sign that people are buying and the lower fares are selling out at the published rates. On the other side, if the fares decrease then the other users watching the fares will start to buy (which will drive the prices back up again).

  216. Hi. I’m planning a trip to Venice, Italy from NY in July. How soon should I book the flight? I’m pricing flights now and they seem high. Do I have time to wait?

    1. Hi Norma, We actually recommend booking flights to Europe about 9 months from your travel date to get the best fare. Now, in your case it might pay to wait a bit if only because New York has so many flights going to Europe. If you’re holding out for a sale, you might actually see one. But I would only recommend this tactic if you plan to be diligent about researching and tracking fares and you’re a bit of a gambler. Most of the time, once a fare starts to increase it does not reverse the trend. In addition, July and August are prime time for U.S. travelers to Europe so you can’t assume fares that you see at other times of the year will exist in July/August when demand is at its highest. Keep in mind, if you book with us we have a feature called Price Drop Payback that protects your price up to $100 – if the fare should go down after you buy we will issue you a credit for future travel. This isa bit of insurance that keeps our repeat customers coming back. Good luck to you!

  217. When is the best time to book flight to CID from LAX 8/2/16- 8/7/16? We have some flexibility, but our family reunion is Saturday 8/6/16. Would it be worth it to fly into DSM and drive two hours to Cedar Rapids? I’ve noticed flight fees are rising lately; do you think they wil go down again? Any advice is greatly appreciated! (I would prefer a short flight rather than a full day sitting in airports!)

    1. Hi Tam, These are all great questions. I would recommend you peruse our blog post on “When to Buy” which goes into the best time to purchase (on average 54 days) as well as giving the reader a deeper dive into what factors you should consider when shopping for domestic flights: http://bit.ly/21nAgzL. You’re right to compare airports – it may in fact be a better price to fly to Des Moines and drive to Cedar Rapids. Of course, that all depends on your personal ideas about cost and convenience. At what cost savings does it make sense for a bit of a less direct route? Only you can decide that and put a price tag on convenience. If you have already noticed rising prices, you can’t bank on the prices going back down. Also, you mentioned a preference for short flights – everyone wants short flights. So you may find a better fare if you’re willing to deal with a longer layover. If you’re looking for the most convenient itinerary, I recommend booking sooner rather than later. Also, keep in mind, if you book with us we have a feature called Price Drop Payback that protects your price up to $100 – if the fare should go down after you buy we will issue you a credit for future travel. This isa bit of insurance that keeps our repeat customers coming back. Good luck to you!

  218. Hello, Thanks in advance for your help.
    I am planning a trip from Singapore to Toronto in October 2016.
    When would be the ideal time to book the most cost effective flight?
    Many Thanks!
    Mark

    1. Hi Mark, Great question. We are based in North America and our data is geared toward the North American traveler (both domestic and international). For that reason, we can really only give general advice. If you’re looking to get the best price, the way to implement that as an effective strategy is to watch the fares and buy when you see movement in the published fares (either an uptick or dip are indicators that it’s time to buy). You might also be interested in specific itineraries/airlines. If that’s the case, my best advice is going to be to buy sooner rather than later. Here’s why. If you need specific flights, you’re probably not the only person out there looking at those flights. Everyone wants non stops (for example) and the airlines know this. With a limited number of seats on a nonstop flight, you can see how the lowest priced seats sell out very quickly. When you see a flight that looks good to you – jump on it! Waiting to see if a good price will become a GREAT price is a pretty big gamble when it comes to airfare. Good luck to you!

  219. Our family of 4 is travelling from DFW Aug 4 2016, picking up a cruise ship in Copenhagen & going to 7 ports in 7 countries, returning Aug 19 back in Copenhagen. We are going with a group, however, some or leaving much earlier and returning much later. I have been checking the airline fares every day and do see the prices going up & down but by a few dollars. When should we be concern in purchasing tickets. Two of us are senior citizens so naturally we are trying to get a good deal but when you are checking and putting in “senior” there is no difference with the regular fare. Why do they ask if there isn’t going to be somewhat of a price difference?

    1. Hi Rita, We do ask for number of seniors because sometimes (increasingly rarely, however) there is a senior fare. For the most part though, the economy fare will be the best fare. We actually recommend booking flights to Europe about 9 months from your travel date to get the best fare.Most of the time, once a fare starts to increase it does not reverse the trend. In addition, July and August are prime time for U.S. travelers to Europe so you can’t assume fares that you see at other times of the year will exist in July/August when demand is at its highest. Keep in mind, if you book with us we have a feature called Price Drop Payback that protects your price up to $100 – if the fare should go down after you buy we will issue you a credit for future travel. This isa bit of insurance that keeps our repeat customers coming back. Good luck to you!

  220. Hello, thanks for the great read. Just wanting to know what will be the best time to book a flight from Auckland New Zealand, to Phuket in Thailand, me and my partner are planning on leaving on October the 24th.

    Thnaks for your help!

    Regards, Glen.

    1. Hi Glen, Great question. We are based in North America and our data is geared toward the North American traveler (both domestic and international). For that reason, we can really only give general advice. If you’re looking to get the best price, the way to implement that as an effective strategy is to watch the fares and buy when you see movement in the published fares (either an uptick or dip are indicators that it’s time to buy). You might also be interested in specific itineraries/airlines. If that’s the case, my best advice is going to be to buy sooner rather than later. Here’s why. If you need specific flights, you’re probably not the only person out there looking at those flights. Everyone wants non stops (for example) and the airlines know this. With a limited number of seats on a nonstop flight, you can see how the lowest priced seats sell out very quickly. When you see a flight that looks good to you – jump on it! Waiting to see if a good price will become a GREAT price is a pretty big gamble when it comes to airfare. Good luck to you!

  221. Dear Cheapair, I am looking to travel to Guayaquil in Ecuador from Bahrain in the middle east around the 1st of August, full five months from now. Do you suggest I purchase my tickets now? Many thanks.

    1. Hi Bobby, We are based in North America and our data is geared toward the North American traveler (both domestic and international). For that reason, we can really only give general advice. If you’re looking to get the best price, the way to implement that as an effective strategy is to watch the fares and buy when you see movement in the published fares (either an uptick or dip are indicators that it’s time to buy). You might also be interested in specific itineraries/airlines. If that’s the case, my best advice is going to be to buy sooner rather than later. Here’s why. If you need specific flights, you’re probably not the only person out there looking at those flights. Everyone wants non stops (for example) and the airlines know this. With a limited number of seats on a nonstop flight, you can see how the lowest priced seats sell out very quickly. When you see a flight that looks good to you – jump on it! Waiting to see if a good price will become a GREAT price is a pretty big gamble when it comes to airfare. Good luck to you!

  222. Hi I am planning a honeymoon from San Angelo Tx to Punta Cana Dominican Republic on Dec 18-23. When is the best time to book? We will be flying American Airlines. I have been watching the fares and they are shifting from $30-90 at a time.

    1. Hi Ryan, We recommend booking flights to the Caribbean about 4.5 months out from your travel dates. Now keep in mind this is an average suggestion for all flights during the year and your travel dates take in the busiest travel week of the year. So to me, that indicates that you should be shopping early – good for you that you’re already looking. You’ll want to watch for when the flight prices start to trend upward. Once the flight prices start to incrementally increase, they rarely reverse themselves. Best of luck to you.

  223. Hi. What would you say about short low costs? Say London to Rome. How much time in advance, in average, would recommend in this case?

    1. Hi David, We are putting the finishing touches on the data for 2015, but last year we recommended booking flights to Europe about 8.5 months out to get the lowest ticket price.

  224. hi cheapair, my husband is from cebu and were going on april 2nd week with our 2 kids. we are using the hopper app and its says to keep watching this flight daters since the price would fluctuate in the next 10 days and we could save some if we wait. just want to hear your opinion since where using cheapair. Thank you!

    1. Hi Rebecca, Hopper is a great tool, but our data would suggest that this close to your travel date it is very unlikely to happen. I would recommend purchasing now – if the fare goes down after you buy, we will credit you up to $100 per ticket for future travel. Of course, you could always take your chances. We aren’t big gamblers over here – just data crunchers. Hope this helps!

  225. Hi, guys! My family and I would love to book tickets to go to Los Angeles from Buenos Aires, Argentina (round trip) from July 15th to July 31st. We are 4 in total. We know it is an expensive destination from BA, and that it is in the middle of the high season, but could you please recommend us where would be the best time to book them? I know that in your article shows that 96 days would be the best, but I am afraid that prices will keep rising. Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Agustina, You’re right to be cautious. Our recommendations are averages for all destinations in South America OUTBOUND from the United States (we are based here, so most of our airfare intelligence is aimed at the U.S./Canadian traveler. In your case, i would be looking to book very soon because, as you said, Los Angeles is popular in the summer and there are four of you. Closer to your travel dates you might be able to find reasonable fares, but I assume sitting together on the plane is a consideration. I would definitely be working on a serious search right now and be prepared to purchase tickets as soon as you see a fare that looks good to you. Good luck to you!

  226. Hi cheapair, I am interested in making an international flight from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Hakodate, Japan and I am looking for some tips and hints on flight selection. This will be my first international flight in my life so I am excited, but also a little skeptical of deals as I see them. I know there are many factors that come into play such as flight and hotel reviews.My plan is to leave sometime at the start of August (2016), and spend at least 3-4 weeks visiting and taking in the culture. In my opinion cheaper is important, but comfort is definitely worth 50$ more to me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Ken, I think you’ve got a solid plan of attack. As you see, we do typically recommend buying flights to Asia almost a year out but you can sometimes get deals closer to travel. On longer flights (to Japan being a good example), it is not unreasonable to pay a bit more for comfort. Luckily for your itinerary, a lot of Asian airlines have a great reputation for service (not always the case with some of the domestic carriers). What this means to you is that even buying an Economy ticket will often get you very good amenities and service depending on the airline. You can sometimes shave a bit of cost off your ticket if you fly mid-week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), so keep that in mind of you have some flexibility.

  227. Hi Cheapair, I am planning a trip from Washington, DC to Santiago, Chile for the first 3 weeks of December 2016. I am planning on using some of my frequent flier miles with AA to offset some of the cost. I was wondering if you had any recommendations as to when the best time to purchase tickets might be? Do you know if airlines like AA change there economy ticket offers over time such as blocking out more dates to closer to desired flight dates? Thanks!