If you’re shopping for a great deal on a plane ticket, the best time to book depends on when you’ll be traveling.
During off-peak season, on average, you’ll get the best prices on domestic fares 47 days before takeoff, according to a recent report from CheapAir.com.
For summer travel – June to August – 76 days out is the average target for the cheapest airline tickets.
And if you’re traveling during holiday seasons, the earlier the better. Booked 320 days in advance, air fares for peak-season travel were just $8 more than their lowest price point.
In order to get those averages, the online airfare shopping engine tracked nearly 1.5 billion trips in 15,000 markets and recorded the lowest fare for each trip every day from 320 days in advance up until one day before departure.
Of course, those averages are just a guide. For individual trips, it really depends on your destination, the time of year, and the days you’re traveling, notes CheapAir.
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