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Best Time to Book Flights from the United States in 2019

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 2019.

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**Note: This article has recently been updated with new best time to book data for 2019

Average Ticket Prices by Month

Skyscanner has analyzed historic data to determine that January 2019 will be the cheapest month to book flights in 2019. If last year is an indication of what to expect in 2019, then according to the graph, January will likely be the cheapest month to book flights for 2019 with an avg. round-trip flight price of about $500.(followed by August and February).

Book in January to score the best flight deals in 2019

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When is the best time to book flights from the United States in 2019?

Skyscanner has analyzed flight booking data from 2018 to estimate the best time to book flights in 2019:

  • 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 5-6 months in advance
  • The cheapest month to book flights is January, followed by February and August
  • For domestic flights, travel in January or February for the cheapest prices
  • For international flights, travel in October or April for the best prices
  • Book at 5:00 am for the highest potential flight savings. Avoid booking from 8-11pm
  • Book on Saturday for domestic flights & Wednesday for international flights.

When is the cheapest day & time to book flights?

2018 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 domestic flights on Tuesdays and international flights on Wednesday. Want to play it safe? When looking at all destinations around the world, Tuesday on average had the cheapest prices at $603 round-trip in 2018.

Cheapest Time to Book Flights in 2019

Book at 5am for the best potential savings

Cheapest Day to Book Flights in 2019

The above chart is based on ALL flights (domestic+intnl) booked in 2018

When is the Cheapest Month to Fly in 2019?

Cheapest Month to Fly Domestically

Flexible on your travel dates? Historical data from 2018 suggests that for domestic trips, you should travel in January, followed by February & September for the cheapest flight prices.

January, February & September are the estimated cheapest months to travel in 2019

Cheapest Month to Fly Internationally

For international destinations, we recommend flying in October when average flight prices are $665 compared to December when they hike up to $931 round-trip. Other cheaper months include April where prices average at $668 and February with prices averaging $673 round-trip.

Estimated cheapest months to travel internationally in 2019

Best Time to Book Domestic Flights

For domestic travel, we recommend booking 2-3 weeks in advance. Find more information on when to book flights to popular domestic destinations below:

Best Time to Book International Flights

Find the best deals to fly from US airports to international destinations.

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 FromBest Time To Book To LondonCheapest Month to Fly*
New York 9 weeks in advanceFebruary
Chicago11 weeks in advanceJanuary
Los Angeles8 weeks in advanceOctober
Atlanta12 weeks in advanceFebruary
Miami9 weeks in advanceJanuary
Boston14 weeks in advanceJanuary

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 FromBest Time To Book To CancunCheapest Month to Fly*
Miami12 weeks in advanceSeptember
New York10 weeks in advanceDecember
Chicago15 weeks in advanceNovember
Los Angeles12 weeks in advanceJanuary
Atlanta14 weeks in advanceFebruary
San Francisco8 weeks in advanceJanuary
Houston6 weeks in advanceJanuary

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 FromBest Time To Book Flights To ParisCheapest month to fly*
New York6 weeks in advanceJanuary
Chicago8 weeks in advanceAugust
Los Angeles12 weeks in advanceDecember
Atlanta5 weeks in advanceJanuary
San Francisco10 weeks in advanceFebruary
Miami7 weeks in advanceJanuary

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 FromBest Time To Book Flights To BarcelonaCheapest Month to Fly*
New York8 weeks in advanceFebruary
Miami11 weeks in advanceMay
Chicago4 weeks in advanceJanuary
Los Angeles7 weeks in advanceDecember
Atlanta6 weeks in advanceJanuary
Orlando7 weeks in advanceJanuary

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.

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!

Skyscanner Graph

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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