When to Buy Your Summer Airline Tickets
Anne McDermott from FareCompare.com has an interesting chart:
- Good time to buy: 30 days or more before departure. Your best chance of finding the best deals.
- Deals get harder to find: 14 to 30 days before departure. Beginning on day 29, prices are on the rise.
- Danger zone: 7 to 14 days before departure. Prices have now risen dramatically.
- Meltdown: 0 to 7 days before departure. You’ll pay the same outrageous prices business travelers do.
Based on this info, if you can shop 30 days in advance, your airfare will be a deal compared to what you’ll pay two weeks later. He also says that the pricey summer season ends on Aug. 24 (and this is mainly due to the fact that so many kids are going back to school). Starting August 25, most domestic fares drop. If you can squeeze in a vacation in late August, you can get the best of both worlds: A summer vacation for a fall fare.
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