**Note: This article has recently been updated with new best time to book data for 2019
When is the best time to book a flight from the United States in 2019?
Skyscanner has analyzed flight booking data from 2018 to estimate the best time to book flights in 2019:
|Route Type||How far in advance?*||Best month to book?||Day of week to book?|
*Time of day is based on both domestic and international flights combined and is based on ET
*How far in advance is a recommendation on how many days ahead of your departure date you should book flights
Best Time to Book a Flight for Domestic Travel from the US
Skyscanner has analyzed historic data to determine that if you’re looking to book domestic flights in 2019, August 2019 will be the cheapest month to book, followed by September and December. Based on historical data, booking in August can save you as much as 4% off the average yearly flight price. Avoid booking flights in June, where prices can be up to 4% more on average.
Best Time to Book a Flight for International Travel from the US
Want to plan an international getaway? We recommend booking in September, followed by August and December. Our data from 2018 indicates that booking in September can save as much as 6% on flights compared to the average yearly flight price. Not bad for an international flight!
Don’t want to spend an arm and a leg? We predict booking in June to be the most expensive month, where flights are as much as 10% more than the yearly average.
When is the Best Day to book flights?
Looking at data from May-December in 2018, we recommend to grab your domestic flights on Saturdays and international flights on Sunday for the cheapest day to book a flight. Want to play it safe? When looking at all destinations around the world, Sunday on average had the cheapest prices at $580 round-trip in 2018.
When is the Best Time of the Day to Book a Flight?
Skyscanner suggests that 6am (EST time) is the cheapest time of the day to book your flights in 2019 based on historical data. See the chart below for fluctuations in price depending on what time of the day you book a flight.
When is the Cheapest Time to Fly in 2019?
Cheapest Time to Fly Domestically
Flexible on your travel dates? Historical data from 2018 suggests that for domestic trips, you should travel in September, followed by October & May for the cheapest flight prices. Traveling in September can save you an estimated 11% on flights compared to the average yearly ticket price. The most expensive month to travel? It should come as no surprise that traveling in December yields the most expensive flight prices.
Cheapest Time to Fly Internationally
For international destinations, we recommend flying in October when average flight prices are $666 compared to December when they hike up to $931 round-trip. In fact, flying in October can save you as much as 15% compared to the average yearly ticket price. Flying in December can result in flight prices up to 18% more than on average. November is the next cheapest option where prices average at $675.
How Far in Advance to Book Domestic Flights
For domestic travel, we recommend booking at least 30 days in advance. Find more information on when to book flights to popular domestic destinations by clicking the drop down below 👇👇
How Far in Advance to Book International Flights
The sweet spot for booking your international trip at the best price is to book 4 months before your departure date. Find the best deals to fly from US airports to international destinations. Select your destination from the drop down menu below 👇 👇
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