Best Time to Book Flights 2018

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      How do I know the best time to book flights?

      Are you wondering when is the best time to book flights for your next summer holiday? Thinking of travelling on a popular route – say, from London to Lisbon and want to know when you can score the best deals? This page will detail some data about the best time to book flights.

      The Best Time to Book Flights - Our Statistics

      It’s often thought that the best time to book a flight is as far in advance as possible, but this is not always the case. We have pulled data over the course of November 2016 to October 2017 to determine the best time to book domestic, long haul and short haul flights; the data is taken from details of return flights departing from the UK.

      For domestic flights, the data tells that the cheapest time to book is 127 days before, the cheapest day of the week to book is Sunday and the cheapest month of the year to sort your tickets is October. If you’re flying short haul, it’s slightly different – book 51 days in advance to secure the cheapest prices, or try reserving on a Wednesday or in January for the best rates. If you’re wondering when is the best time to book long haul flights, Tuesdays are the cheapest day and September the best value month – or book 110 days in advance for the best fares.

      Best time to book popular routes

      This data takes into account the average of all flights, so lets look at some of the different rates for specific routes. It’s a great idea to consider your itinerary and the best time to book flights to that destination when trying to find the cheapest deals. For example, a flight from Birmingham to Alicante can cost £68 if you book it in December, but £123 if you book in June. Bristol to Lisboa can cost up to £243 if you book in April, but only £93 if the flights are organized in December. And London to Rome costs a mere £77 if you book it in December, but can soar up to £122 if the flight is booked in May.

      What are the best months to book flights?

      Weeks in Advance to Book Flights

      As aforementioned, the cheapest time to book flights is not necessarily as far in advance as possible. Our data tells us that domestic flights cost on average £102.50 if you book 175 days in advance but only £79 if it is booked 173 days in advance. Or try booking 46 days in advance to pay an average £85 - which is £13 cheaper than if you book 47 days prior to the flight!

      For long haul, booking 38 days later could save you over £90– if you book your flight 148 days before departure it can cost £461, but 110 days before it can shoot down to £369. Book even closer to the departure date for short haul flights – it seems that it will cost £93 51 days before departure, but a much larger £130 180 days before the flight! Taking all of this into concern, although the price can go up and down when we are still reasonably far from the flight date, during the two weeks prior to the flight we see a steady increase in the fare amount.

      When is the best time to book flights?

      Tips for booking a cheap flight

      1. ÊBe flexible with where you fly from – if your departure city has more than one airport, check them all to determine the cheapest fare. You could also check other cities near to your own to see if it would be better value to fly from there.
      2. RAvoid school holidays – if you are not travelling with kids and can avoid the peak periods, try to avoid school holidays for much cheaper prices.
      3. Look at the entire month – seeing a calendar with all the flight prices for an entire month helps you to envisage the cheapest date and select the best one for you
      4. Think about baggage – if you are booking with a budget airline, consider how much baggage you need as this will often come at an extra cost. If you can, try to fly with just hand luggage for the cheapest rates.

      This study is based on return flights departing from the UK to all destinations from November 2016 to October 2017.

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