How Far in Advance Should you Buy Plane Tickets?

Timing is everything when booking air travel

Last week, we talked about how much the airline business has changed in the last several decades. Those changes are about more than just mergers and acquisitions – they affect the timing of ticket prices too.

It used to be that the earlier you bought a plane ticket the better – but not anymore. Buying too far in advance can mean missing out on discounted fares offered as the departure date approaches – but wait too long, and you might be stuck with sky-high fares (or a sold-out flight!)

Here are a few tips to help you save money on your next flight – for more, check out the infographic:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday are great days to buy and to fly
  • Plan to buy tickets 6-8 weeks before your departure date
  • When it comes to holiday travel, all bets are off – book as early as possible!
  • jason

    Tuesday is so cheap to fly compared to other days.

  • Hillary

    I will definitely try some of these things next time and see how it goes! I look forward to it!

  • EdStick

    Fantastic article, Rebecca! I have a flight on Columbus Day, so I planned to book in October. I reserved a spot easily!

    • Rebecca

      Hope you have a great trip!

  • colton

    love this! great stuff!

  • Dana

    Great article, I didn’t know Tuesdays and Wednesdays were the best days to fly!