when is the best time to buy airline tickets?

Do ticket prices cost more the closer you get to the date or lower?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I do 100% travel and the answer is not a simple yes or no. But typically yes they will cost more the closer you get. Although, sometimes when they feel they are undersold, they will lower the prices in hopes of filling the flight. The best thing you can do is use this site: http://www.farecompare.com/

    You can check specific dates and you can also see what is typical costs and what cost would be a good deal. You can also set up alerts and the website will email when the specific flight you want to watch is at a very cheap price compared to average. I love the site and use it all the time. You can get a great idea what it should cost and how the prices change based on how far ahead of time you book.

    By the way, 2-5 months is not good adivce. If you want a good price and don't want to run the chance of loosing out then you should book as soon as possible. This would typically be around 320-330 days ahead. I booked a flight from NY to LA for $288 round trip for the day after Christmas about 7 months in advance. By the time it was 5 months away the flight costs $580. Just an example...the will vary.

    Shoot me an email if you need help with something specific...hope that helps.

    Source(s): Mechanical and Aerospace Field Engineer with 100% travel.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I've heard tricks such as booking on early AM Wednesday or weekends...

    The only tricks I've seen true in getting lower fares are booking for departing and returning on Tue Wed or Thu. Also, book as far in advance as possible, that's probably the biggest way to get lower fares.

    Source(s): personal experience
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  • 1 decade ago

    The Best time to book is 2-5 month before the date. 5 months would be used for travel during the very busy holidays such as X-mas or 4 of July, 2 -3 months for off season (november, mid january, march, april, after labor day in sep)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Book them as FAAARRRRRR in advance as you can!!

    Or (if you can afford to be waiting round airports) go on last minute standby. I prefer the book as far out as you can option!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I work for an airline...the best over all time is sep.-mid nov.

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