The least expensive fares for flights to destinations in North America should be booked between 5.5 and 1.5 months 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, but the days when you fly do.
Should I wait for my flight price to go down?
To avoid a potential price increase, it's best to book your flight far ahead of time instead of waiting till it's closer to your trip. Google says that if you're booking a domestic flight, the prices are generally at their lowest between 21 and 60 days before your trip.
Are airfares expected to drop in 2023?
They get even more interesting when you look at a broader timeline. When comparing December 2023 prices versus December 2022, U.S. airfares are down an incredible 9.4%. Even compared to pre-pandemic prices, airfares are 3.6% lower in December 2023 than they were in December 2019.
What day of the week do flight prices drop?
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly domestically. The cheapest days to depart if you're flying within the U.S. are midweek — generally Tuesday or Wednesday. For economy tickets, Tuesdays are about 24% lower than peak prices on Sundays, which translates to savings of about $85 per ticket.
Should I book my flight now or wait?
The jury is out on this one. According to a 2023 study by CheapAir.com, on average, the best time to purchase plane tickets for a domestic trip is between 164 and 46 days before your departure. But according to Expedia's 2024 Air Travel Hacks report, the sweet spot is 28 days before your domestic flight.
Do flight prices go down on Tuesday?
The oft-repeated idea that it's cheaper to purchase airfare on Tuesdays is simply not true. We analyzed airline price trends every day of the week and busted this myth with the discovery that observing demand trends over time was far more important than booking on a specific day of the week.