Why it Might Pay to Procrastinate When Booking a Flight

When you book your flight can save you big bucks. We’ll look at the best times to buy depending upon when you are traveling.

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Airline prices are climbing. The cheap seats we saw during the pandemic are long gone. Fortunately, there are still some tricks available to help you save money on your next flight!

An article by CNET Money Tips found that flights that take off between Monday and Wednesday can be up to 20 percent cheaper than weekend flights, with Sunday being the most expensive day to depart. Another way to save money is to book a layover, which can save you about 20 percent over the price of a non-stop flight.

You can also save big bucks depending on when you purchase your tickets. The article cited a Google study that found that domestic flight prices are generally at their lowest between 21 and 60 days before the trip, but it cautions this does not apply to all destinations.

If you are planning a summer vacation in July or August, it’s predicted flight prices will be cheapest between 14 and 44 days before departure, with the lowest average prices being 21 days out.

And if you’ll be traveling for the holidays, Google recommends booking your Thanksgiving flights between 36 and 74 days in advance. For Christmas, you should start looking for flights about 88 days in advance and keep your eye on the prices. Typically, the lowest price airfares are 22 days out, but seats could sell out because it’s a popular time to fly.

So, this shows that when it comes to travel it may just pay to procrastinate.

When do you book your flights — far in advance or last minute? Message The Seniors Trust on Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you do to try to save money when flying.