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Best Time to Book Flights from the United States

Looking For The Best Time To Book a Flight from the US? Skyscanner analyzes last year's booking data to predict the best time to book a flight in 2018.

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When is the best time to book flights from the United States?

Skyscanner has analyzed flight booking data from the past two years (2016 and 2017), to determine the best time to book flights:

  • On average, the best time to book flights for domestic trips is 2 – 3 weeks in advance
  • For international trips the best time to book a flight is two months in advance.
  • Book at 5:00 am for the highest potential flight savings. Avoid booking from 7-10pm
  • Book on Sundays for domestic & international flights for the most savings

When is the cheapest day & time to book flights?

2017 flight booking data shows that booking at 5am is likely to save you the most money on your flights. Want to save even more? Grab your flights on Sundays and avoid booking on Thursday and Friday.

Book at 5am for the best potential savings
Book on Sundays to save the most on domestic flights
Book on Sundays for the best savings on international flights

Best Time to Book Domestic Flights

Search with Skyscanner to find the best flight deals available to fly to destinations in the United States. 

Best Time To Book Flights To New York

The best time to book flights to New York, on average, is:

  • 15 weeks in advance for up to 26% off avg. ticket price
  • January is the cheapest month to visit New York with prices 21% cheaper than the yearly average. 

Below is a breakdown of the best time to book flights for popular routes to New York City.


Departure From
Best Time To Book Flights To New York Cheapest Month To Fly*
Miami 6 weeks in advance January
Chicago 7 weeks in advance June
Los Angeles 9 weeks in advance January
Atlanta 5 weeks in advance February, June
San Francisco 4 or 6 weeks in advance January
Orlando 8 weeks in advance January, February, June, November
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Best Time To Book Flights To Miami

The best time to book flights to Miami, on average, is:

  •  11 weeks in advance for up to 25% off avg. ticket price
  •  January and  September are the cheapest months to visit Miami for up to 18% off yearly avg.

Below is a breakdown of the best time to book flights for popular routes to Miami.

Departure From Best Time To Book Flights To Miami
Cheapest Month to Fly*
New York 15 weeks in advance January 
Chicago 16 weeks in advance June
Los Angeles 15 weeks in advance January 
Atlanta 20 weeks in advance February, June
Washington 4 or 6 weeks in advance January
Boston 23 weeks in advance January, February, June, November

Best Time To Book Flights To Orlando

The best time to book flights to Orlando, on average, is:

  •  41 weeks in advance when plane tickets can be up to 36% cheaper. 
  •  January is the cheapest month to visit Orlando for 27% savings.
  • Visit our article on the Best Time to Book Flights to Orlando for more information. 

Below is a breakdown of the best time to book for popular routes to Orlando.

Departure From Best Time To Book Flights To Orlando Cheapest Month To Fly*
New York 15 weeks in advance January
Chicago 16 weeks in advance June
Los Angeles 15 weeks in advance January
Atlanta  20 weeks in advance February, June
Washington 4 or 6 weeks in advance January
Boston 23 weeks in advance  January, February, June, 
November

Best Time To Book Flights To Las Vegas

The best time to book flights to Las Vegas, on average, is:

  • 2 weeks in advance for 10% avg. savings
  • January is the cheapest month to visit Las Vegas for 15% savings 

Below is a breakdown of the best time to book for popular routes to Las Vegas.

Departure From Best Time To Book To Las Vegas Cheapest Month to Fly*
Los Angeles 6 weeks in advance February
New York 10 weeks in advance January
Chicago 4 weeks in advance January
Washington 3 weeks in advance January, February
San Franciso 6 weeks in advance August
Atlanta 3 weeks in advance September

Best Time To Book Flights To Los Angeles

The best time to book flights to Los Angeles, on average, is:

  •  7 weeks in advance for 14% savings
  • September is the cheapest month to visit the City of Angels for 20% savings

Below is a breakdown of the best time to book for popular routes to Los Angeles.

Departure From Best Time To Book To Los Angeles Cheapest Month to Fly*
New York 6 weeks in advance January
San Francisco  2 weeks in advance January
Chicago 8 weeks in advance September
Atlanta 5 weeks in advance October
Miami 7 weeks in advance August
Washington  8 weeks in advance  September

Best Time To Book Flights To Chicago

The best time to book flights to Chicago, on average, is:

  • 1 or 2 weeks for 15% savings
  • January is the cheapest month to travel to Chicago for 20% savings  

Below is a breakdown of the best time to book for popular routes to Chicago.

Departure From Best Time To Book To Chicago Cheapest month to fly*
Miami 8 weeks in advance January
New York 3 weeks in advance February
Los Angeles 2 weeks in advance October
Atlanta 7 weeks in advance February
San Francisco 5 weeks in advance January
Orlando 3 weeks in advance February
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Best Time To Book Flights To Honolulu

The best time to book flights to Honolulu is: 

  • 11 weeks in advance when air fares are 5% cheaper  
  • January is the cheapest month to visit Honolulu, when you can find tickets at least 17% cheaper. 
Departure From Best Time To Book To Honolulu Cheapest Month to Fly*
Los Angeles 3 weeks in advance January
San Francisco 7 weeks in advance February
Chicago 5 weeks in advance September
New York 12 weeks in advance August
Las Vegas 15 weeks in advance January
Seattle 8 weeks in advance  January

Best Time to Book Flights from the United States

Best Time to Book International Flights

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Best Time To Book Flights To London


The best time to book flights to London is:

  •  7 weeks in advance when fares are 26% cheaper  
  • January is the cheapest month to visit London, when you can find tickets at least 22% cheaper. 
Departure From Best Time To Book To London Cheapest Month to Fly*
New York  9 weeks in advance February
Chicago 11 weeks in advance January
Los Angeles 8 weeks in advance October
Atlanta 12 weeks in advance February
Miami 9 weeks in advance January
Boston 14 weeks in advance January 

Best Time To Book Flights To Cancun

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The best time to book flights to Cancun is:

  • 18 weeks in advance when flights can get 17% cheaper, or 14 weeks in advance when tickets are 12% cheaper
  • December is the cheapest month to visit this tropical paradise, when you can find tickets at least 25% cheaper. 
Departure From Best Time To Book To Cancun Cheapest Month to Fly*
Miami 12 weeks in advance September
New York 10 weeks in advance December
Chicago 15 weeks in advance November
Los Angeles 12 weeks in advance January
Atlanta 14 weeks in advance February
San Francisco 8 weeks in advance January 
Houston
6 weeks in advance  January 

Best Time To Book Flights To Paris

The best time to book flights to Paris is: 

  • 7 weeks in advance when plane tickets can get 35% cheaper
  • January is the cheapest month to visit French capital, when you can find tickets at least 29% cheaper. 
Departure From Best Time To Book Flights To Paris Cheapest month to fly*
New York 6 weeks in advance January
Chicago 8 weeks in advance August
Los Angeles 12 weeks in advance December
Atlanta 5 weeks in advance January
San Francisco 10 weeks in advance February
Miami 7 weeks in advance January

Best Time To Book Flights To Barcelona

The best time to book flights to Barcelona is: 

  • 7 weeks in advance when plane tickets can be 26% cheaper
  • January is the cheapest month to visit Barcelona, when you can find tickets at least 30% cheaper. 
Departure From Best Time To Book Flights To Barcelona Cheapest Month to Fly*
New York 8 weeks in advance February
Miami 11 weeks in advance May
Chicago 4 weeks in advance January
Los Angeles 7 weeks in advance  December
Atlanta 6 weeks in advance January
Orlando 7 weeks in advance January

Best Time To Book Flights To Bangkok

The best time to book flights to Bangkok is: 

  • 11 weeks in advance when plane tickets can get 29% cheaper
  • November is the cheapest month to visit Bangkok, when you can find tickets at least 21% cheaper. 
Departure From Best Time To Book Flights To Bangkok Cheapest Month to Fly*
New York 12 weeks in advance December
Washington 16 weeks in advance January
Los Angeles 7 weeks in advance February
Honolulu 9 weeks in advance October 
San Francisco 12 weeks in advance December
Miami 11 weeks in advance November

Find the Best Time to Book Holiday Travel

Christmas Flights

Whether you’re traveling home for the holidays or going someplace exotic, Skyscanner has discovered the best time to book Christmas flights.

New Year Flight Deals

FRing in the new year wherever you want by knowing the best time to book New Year’s flights to celebrate for less. And what better way to start the year off than by saving some cash on your flight?

Thanksgiving Cheap Flights

Family and turkey should be what you want for Thanksgiving, not an expensive flight home. Make sure you know the best time to buy Thanksgiving flights with our help.

Labor Day Flight Deals

Want to get away for a quick Labor Day weekend getaway? Find the best time to book Labor day flights & top deals.

Find the Best Time to Book a Flight by Searching Below  👇

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Other Money-saving Travel Hacks to Find the Best Time to Book Flights

Cheapest Month Search

The Cheapest Month Search is another feature that can really help you find cheap airline tickets to your chosen destination. On our flight search page, enter the airport you will be flying from, then enter the arrival airport.

Skyscanner Cheapest Time to Fly

Instead of entering a specific date of travel, you have the option of either searching for the prices of airline tickets in the cheapest month of the year or requesting prices to compare across a whole month.

Looking at specific dates will let you pick the best time to fly. Viewing all the prices across a whole month in graph form will allow you to spot for price trends. A little research with Skyscanner will let you save quite a lot of money!

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Price Alerts

Travel trends and information from previous years can give clues as to when plane tickets will be available at the lowest prices. Be sure that you are ready for the cheapest days to fly by setting up a free Skyscanner Price Alert.

Never miss out on low-priced flight deals ever again by using the Skyscanner Price Alerts Feature. You can save your favorite itineraries and receive alerts in case the price changes. That way, you can book travel deal as soon as they appear on our site or app.

1. Why do I need Price Alerts?

  • It helps you stay on top of your flight price.
  • You’re informed on when your flight price is going up and down.
  • It’s less work for you, just wait for the price to drop and book!

2. What is a Price Alert?

  • It’s a flight price tracker for any route you choose.
  • When the price changes, you’ll get notified via email if the price went up or down.
  • It’s free, so you can unsubscribe at any time.
  • It’s the best way to find cheap flights, fast.

3. How do I set up a price alert on my computer?

To find the best price for your flight, conduct a search for flights on Skyscanner, then click on the “Get price alerts” button – if you’re already logged in then it will automatically send the price alerts to your email. Not logged in? No problem, you can either create an account with us or just add your email address. Skyscanner will then track the price of this search and each time your selected flight price changes, we’ll automatically send an email to you that shows the increase or decrease on plane tickets. Just remember that you must use the exact date and airports to set up a Price Alert.

Price Alerts

4. How do I set up a price alert on my app?

When you download the Skyscanner app, you also have the option of tracking the price of your flight through your mobile device. Simply make a flight search on the app and within the results screen, select the bell icon on the bottom left corner of your screen.

Skyscanner App

You will then be prompted to login or create an account in order to receive price alert notifications when the price of your flight rises or falls. You will be able to track the flight of your choice and book right when the price drops!

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