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Original Air Date: Mar 21, 2014

When to book airfare

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Booking airline tickets has become a combination of luck and timing if you’re trying to find the lowest possible fares.

While there is no absolute best time to book the cheapest air fare for every trip, does have some interesting data to share based on over 4 million trips from last year.

They took every possible booking date from 320 days in advance to one day before to compile their data set.

Based on what they compiled, on average the best time to buy a domestic airline ticket is 54 days before your next trip, which equates to roughly 7.5 weeks.

What their data clearly showed was the absolute worst thing to do is book your ticket less than 14 days before your flight, but you probably already knew that.

What was really interesting was that booking too early could cost you dearly as well and on average the fare changed 92 times before the flight takes off.

The sweet spot across all flights was between 29 and 104 days, so the lesson here is to plan ahead when you can.

If you’d like to read the full report, the link is posted at