Note: This article has recently been updated with new best time to book data for 2020
When is the best time to book a flight from the United States in 2020?
Skyscanner has analyzed flight booking data from 2019 to estimate the best time to book flights in 2020:
|How far in advance?*||3 weeks||2 weeks|
|Best month to book?†||September||August|
|Day of week to book?||Saturday||Saturday|
*How far in advance is a recommendation on how many days ahead of your departure date you should book flights.
†January was the best month to book in 2020, but since the month is in the past, the recommendation is based on the next-best month in the future
Best Month to Book a Flight for Domestic Travel from the US
Skyscanner has analyzed historical data to determine the months when you can book the cheapest flights in the United States. When you are ready to book domestic flights in 2020, September and August will be your next best months to book (January ranked first). Based on historical data, booking in September can save you as much as 5% off the average yearly flight price. Avoid booking flights in May, where prices can be up to 6% more than the average yearly flight price.
Best Time to Book a Flight for International Travel from the US
Want to plan an international getaway? If you want the cheapest flights from the United States, we recommend booking in August, followed by March, July and September. Our data from 2019 indicates that booking in August can save as much as 5% 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 May to be the most expensive month, where flights are as much as 7% more than the yearly average.
When is the Best Day to book flights?
Looking at data from 2019, we recommend grabbing your domestic flights on Saturdays and international flights on Saturdays as well for the cheapest day to book a flight.
When is the Cheapest Time to Fly in 2020?
Cheapest Time to Fly Domestically
Historical data from 2019 suggests that January was the cheapest month to fly this year for domestic trips, but looking forward, the next two cheapest months to fly are September & October. Traveling in September can save you an estimated 10% on flights compared to the average yearly ticket price.
The most expensive month to travel? It should come as no surprise that traveling over the summer in July yields the most expensive flight prices.
Cheapest Time to Fly Internationally
For international destinations, we recommend flying in March when average flight prices are $621 compared to December when they hike up to $963 round-trip. In fact, flying in March can save you as much as 15% compared to the average yearly ticket price. Flying in December can result in flight prices up to 31% more than on average. Looking forward, October is the next cheapest option where prices average at $663.
How Far in Advance to Book Domestic Flights
For domestic travel, we recommend booking at least 3 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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