How to Find Cheap Flights?
We receive a lot of questions about when and how to find cheap flights. We all want to get the cheapest flights possible so knowing the best time to fly and getting the best deals on airfare are crucial. Below are our answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions that are not addressed here, e-mail us and we’d be happy to help you out.
When is the cheapest time to fly?
In general, the cheapest time to fly in a year is January through mid-May and September through early December. Fares tend to be more expensive during summer, the holidays and some popular festivals and events. For example, fares to Dublin are more expensive during St. Patrick’s Day while fares to China tend to surge during the Chinese New Year.
How long will a cheap fare last?
Unless it is an advertised sale, there is really no hard and fast way to tell how long a great deal will last. The general rule is that the bigger the discount, the shorter it will last. At most, it may last a few days, but some deeply discounted fares can vanish in a matter of hours.
When should I book my flight?
Booking your flight to maximize your savings is a matter of timing. Purchase too early and you could pay too much. Buy too late and you are looking at an astronomical sum. We recommend booking at least 1-3 months before your departure date for domestic flights and 2-8 months in advance for international flights.
If you are traveling during peak travel periods such as the summer months, Christmas season, and other special holidays, you should add a month or two to the period given above. Prices tend to increase in the last month or two before your departure, so don’t wait for too long. On the other hand, booking too early may make you miss out on great deals and discounts.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are the cheapest days to travel. The most expensive is usually Friday and Sunday. If you want more savings, choose the flights that people do not want to be on such those during dawn, overnight, or the lunch and dinner hour.
Where can I find cheap one-way tickets?
In most cases, one-way tickets cost considerably more than half the price of a roundtrip ticket. If you want a one-way ticket because you are returning to a different airport than the one you departed from, getting an open jaw ticket in one itinerary is generally cheaper compared to two separate one-ways.
How do I find cheap last-minute flights?
Cheap last-minute flights are extremely rare since airlines tend to increase the fares in anticipation of business travelers who are last-minute planners and are not price-sensitive since their expenses are covered by their company. You are also more likely to find cheap international last-minute flights than domestic ones because there are fewer international business travelers.