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Someone Studied 917 Million Flights To Find the Best Time to Buy A Ticket

Someone Studied 917 Million Flights To Find the Best Time to Buy A Ticket

The best time to book a flight has always been a hot topic of debate. But a recent study seems particularly determined to get to the truth — by studying 917 million flights to try and find an answer.

What did they find? That much of the information that has been circulating the last few years has been false and found new conclusions about the best time to buy a ticket and when to travel.

There is No “Day” But There Is A Window

It turns out that there’s no “day” to get a great deal on a flight, Tuesday, or otherwise. Rather, it is important to find the right window of time. Flight prices fluctuate as soon as they go on sale but are generally the best around 70 days out from your departure date, if you are flying domestically. Flights become available around 10 months from the departure date and then prices move around from there. Booking last minute is pretty much always a good way to spend too much on a flight.

The season also plays a role in pricing on flights. There’s not a universal rule for timing but usually winter travel should be booked 62 days in advance and there can be a steep difference between the best and worst day to book a flight.

While there is no perfect day to book a flight, some days of the week are better than others for booking flights. Tuesdays and Wednesdays have less expensive prices than flying on other days of the week. Sundays are the priciest days of the week to fly and will cost you around $76 more than flying on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

Although much of getting a great price remains a bit of luck, the data does help you get a little closer to feeling happy about shelling out dough for your flight—as long as you plan ahead.



View Comments (3)


  1. jjmoore

    May 13, 2018 at 5:56 am

    This reflects closely my observations through the years. Keep in mind, award ticket inventories (specifically saver awards) have com pool lately different algorithms and do not correlate with revenue seat pricing. Many times, saver awards will become available within 4-7 days of departure of you are willing to gamble. This is not always the case though (for instance peak travel dates).

  2. bostontraveler

    May 13, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I have seen this vary according to destination (Europe/Asia/S.America). I assume the window of 70 days is for domestic travel?

  3. MaxVO


    May 13, 2018 at 11:43 am

    These incessant studies are paid by the airline association. DO NOT BUY TIX BASED ON FIXED TIMING,

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