When is the best time to book airline tickets?

When is the best time to buy an airline ticket?

If you’re someone who is as obsessed with travelling as I am, then I’m pretty sure that you find yourself asking this question or getting asked this question quite often and if you’re lucky enough to be an experienced traveler, you’ll know that there definitely is a right time and a wrong time to book airline tickets.

The costs of airline tickets are constantly changing, and often we automatically assume that the sooner you book in advance, the cheaper the tickets will be. This might be the case most of the time, but it’s definitely not the case all of the time!

When I first started booking my own flights, I was overwhelmed by the amount of different flights, airlines and packages to choose from (Although Travelstart has made this pretty easy for me to book cheap flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg which is the route I travel more often than other destinations.)

There are obviously tons of factors to take into consideration like the season in which you plan on travelling, your preferred day of the week to travel, the airline you’ll be using, the airports you’ll be flying to and from, your flight package, the time of year you’ll be travelling (is it over the festive season or school holidays?) etc.

For example, the cheapest time of the year to fly locally is February and August (South Africa) whereas the cheapest time of the year would be May, October & November for international flights.

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Here are some of my favourite tips on finding the cheapest airline tickets:

1.       Be as flexible as possible – depending how much of the costs you are looking to cut, you’ll need to be as flexible as possible with your dates and times of your flights as well as the length of your layovers if there are any.

2.       Book your own connecting flight – if you need to take more than one flight, sometimes it’s cheaper to book those flights yourself but do your research and compare prices first! This way, you’ll also be in control of how long your layover is (just make sure it’s not too short!)

3.       Check local flights. Sometimes it can be quite pricey if you’re flying to large airports so check for other local airports. You’ll get to see more of the city!

4.       Keep an eye on local agencies for sales and specials. As mentioned previously, booking your own flights could work in your favour but most agencies usually have many flights to choose from so don’t skimp on your research.

5.       Finally, use comparison sites. This will make your life so much easier when doing your research which is a very important part of the process!

What other tips and tricks do you use to find the cheapest flights?

Disclaimer: this post is in collaboration with Travelstart.