What Is the Cheapest Time to Book a Flight?

Want to get the cheapest flight possible? You're not alone.

We're always trying to lock in the lowest price for airline tickets, whether it's to visit family or for that next great vacation. Thanks to the internet and online travel agencies and discount providers that have replaced traditional agents, we now have access to a broader range of prices and options and all at our fingertips.

Here's a quick summary:

  • Flights tend to be the most inexpensive between four months and three weeks before your departure date.
  • Seasonal changes and holidays can create price fluctuations in ticket prices.
  • The day of the week that you book a flight does not affect the price.

For a more detailed explanation of things like the six booking zones, seasonal differences and special considerations, you'll want to read this article.