Travel Tip of the Day: When to Buy Airfare

CalendarWhen to Buy Airfare
Some experts say Tuesday at 3 pm EST is the best time to buy airfare, but I don’t always agree. I start searching for fares as soon as I know the details of my trip. Generally, the cheapest time to buy airfare is four to six weeks before your departure date, and that’s because airlines have no real incentive to offer discounts before that.

How to find the best fares:

-Sign up to travel deals newsletters
Follow airlines and travel experts on Twitter
-Set fare alerts (tomorrow’s tip) so you don’t have to keep checking the web constantly…although I still like to manually search, and when I do, I of course use our booking tool so I can check multiple sites at once.



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I used to be afraid to fly and at times even leave the house! I conquered my fear (long story) and now I travel to 20+ countries a year sharing my firsthand knowledge, tips and deals with friends, family and readers. Please sign up to our free newsletters and tell your friends!

3 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: When to Buy Airfare"

  1. How far in advance should one purchase international air fare?

    • Hundredbacklinks Hundredbacklinks | October 4, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply

      It all depends on the destination. Always good to start searching as early as possible and look for sales

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