How far in advance should you book your flight?

When it comes knowing when to book a flight, it’s all about balance, don’t book too early, definitely don’t book the day before.

And of course when and where you are going play a big factor.

While there is a general best time to buy (called the “prime booking window”), you can save even more money if you break down the details of your travel plan.

When to Book Your Flight

When you’re booking your flight, book your tickets between one and three months prior to your trip.

According to Travel & Leisure, Kayak compiled one year of flight data and discovered the following:

“Six months before departure, domestic ticket prices were about 20 percent higher than the lowest fares. They started dropping three months out and hit a low three to seven weeks before departure.”

They went on to warn against waiting too long though, by saying:

“Whatever you do, don’t wait until the last week, when prices shoot up — by 25 percent.”

In other words, if you book flights for a domestic trip more than three months out, you could pay 20% more for your ticket than you’d pay if you waited until the prime booking period of one to three months. But if you wait until the month of your trip, you could then pay 25% more for your ticket, thanks to a last-minute surge in pricing.

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