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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.


**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 TypeHow far in advance?*Best month to book?Day of week to book?
Domestic30 daysAugustSaturday
International4 monthsSeptemberSunday

*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 domestic flight from the US in 2019

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.

Best time to book an international flight in 2019

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.

Best day of the week to book a domestic flight in 2019

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.

Flight price fluctuations based on time of day booked. Times in ET

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 travel domestically in 2019

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.

Cheapest time to fly to international destinations in 2019

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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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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