The research by the flight price comparison website Skyscanner.net states that the best time to book a flight is five weeks before the departure date. The website has analysed millions of flights so that they get some insider hints and tips on how to bag a bargain flight to some of the most popular destinations.
The research found answers to questions such as when's the cheapest (and most expensive) time to fly, what impacts your flight price, how the best time to book varies whether you’re flying with a budget airline or a national carrier and whether you’re flying short-haul or long-haul, and how far in advance are flight prices typically at their lowest.
The study found almost 80% of travellers admitted they wouldn’t know on first glance if a fare offered good value for money.
5 Rules to get the best price
1. Book smart
Avoiding peak season travel and flying at less popular hours of the day, can really help to lower costs.
2. Be flexible
Costs to different destinations can vary significantly depending on the airlines operating that route and the UK airports offering these flights. If you are planning your next trip but are open to destinations, running a search to ‘everywhere’ can help find the countries that offer the best value flights at any time.
3. Compare and contrast
Using a travel comparison site like Skyscanner allows you to compare the widest range of airlines and online travel agents, so you’ll be able to see where you can get the best deal.
4. Track prices
Skyscanner’s analysis has found that keeping an eye on the flight prices a few months in advance of travel, is the best way to find a good value flight. Using our flight tracker price alert service, either by email or via the app, can help monitor when prices drop on a chosen route.
There is no golden rule or set date when all flights are at their cheapest. However our hope is that by sharing our knowledge and providing you with the tools to do your own research, you will feel confident in making an informed decision when it comes to booking your flights.