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Well...Didn't See That Coming - Points Miles as a Digital Nomad Ch. 4

When you search for flights you will often see prices vary from day to day. You will also see price changes depending on whether you book a flights way in advance or just a few days before you’re traveling. So when is the best time to book a flight?

CheapAir.com has published a study that looks at the best times to cash fares for domestic airlines. The online travel agency looked at 917 million airfares in more than 8,000 markets across the United States. It then averaged them out to find the best time when to book travel to get the lowest prices.

On average, the best day to buy a domestic flight is 76 days before departure, 12 days earlier than 2021. Fares changed 53 times after going to market, significantly fewer times compared to 69 times last year. There are multiple factors to consider when booking travel, including price, seating and flight experience, and these all play a role in how far in advance to book for the best deal, CheapAir explains.

For best prices, you should book approximately four months to three weeks in advance of departure. This sweet spot normally yields the lowest prices for domestic cash fares. Compared to last year, this window is one month longer, which makes sense with today’s climate of increased travel demand, labor shortages, and more.

This year’s study revealed additional insights:

  • The cheapest day of the week to fly is Wednesday, saving on average $57 per airline ticket compared to the most expensive day, Sunday.
  • The least expensive months to fly are January and February, saving approximately $100 compared to flying around the Christmas holiday.
  • For summer vacation plans, August is the most economical month to fly offering better value without the crowds.

Depending on the travel destination, airfare prices can fluctuate more than the average For additional information, data and insights on the best ways to save on airfare, check out the CheapAir.com 2022 Airfare Study here.

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