Like some flight search tools, CheapAir.com has made a habit of analyzing the wealth of airfare data it has on its hands. The idea is that pricing and search patterns can help future travelers find the best airfares—and why wouldn’t they? Just this month, it published an in-depth article summing up the best time to buy a flight to/from different parts of the world. If you plan to travel internationally anytime soon, it’s a great read.
For eight world regions (Canada, Mexico/Central America, Caribbean, South America, South Pacific, Asia, Europe, and Africa/ Middle East) it provides the following based on an analysis of 917 million airfares and more than a million international trips:
- Prime booking window
- Best time to buy
- The average airfare
- Cheapest month to travel
- Most expensive month to travel
- Least expensive days of week to fly
According to the data: For flights to the Caribbean, for example, the best time to buy is about 207 days from your travel date and the cheapest month to travel is January. For flights to Europe, the prime booking window is about 1.5 months to a little more than eight months in advance and the least expensive days of week to fly are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
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