When Is the Best Time to Buy a Plane Ticket

The best time to buy a plane ticket depends on many factors, but there are actually quite a few ways to save money on airfare. The following suggestions will help you find the very best airfare for your money. Keep in mind that the very best way to find a cheap plane ticket is to frequently look for the lowest fares and buy when the price drops to its lowest point.
In Advance

Airlines offer the very best deals 8 weeks in advance to a maximum of 21 days before the departure date. Once the 21-day mark has passed, flights will continue to rise until departure except in the rare case the flight does not sell well and the airline offers last minute discounts.

Low Season

During the low season you can find flights that are quite cheap. For example, flights are extremely cheap during the time frame between Thanksgiving and Christmas because very few people travel at this time. The same goes for other periods like the first quarter of the year.

Christmas, Thanksgiving and Independence Day

Who wants to be flying on any of these big holidays? Nobody. That's why buying flights for big holidays can actually save you money. If you need to fly during these times and are on a budget, flying on the actual holiday can be a great way to save.

Cheaper Days

Some days are cheaper to fly than others. That's why it's best to buy airline tickets for the lowest days of the week. Generally, Wednesday is the cheapest day of the week to fly, followed closely by Tuesday and Saturday.

When Deals Arrive

It may sound easy to say that you should buy a plane ticket when the deals arrive in your inbox, but if you have significant flexibility that's the best way to buy a ticket. Airlines frequently send their frequent fliers emails when deep discounts are offered so sign up for emails from your favorite airlines. Then, when a great deal comes along you will be ready to buy it.

Laura Rupert Garcia has been a freelance writer since 2002. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as an M.B.A. from Campbell University.

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