(Closed) How to choose flight dates for best prices?

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Mid-week flights tend to be cheaper (like Tuesday and Wednesday).  Really early morning departures also cost a little less.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy

Find a site that gives you a months worth of flight prices on a calandar so that you can compare. Skyscanner.net is one of my faves

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@FrenchNewlyWed:  kayak.com allows you to search multiple airlines at once. It also lets you choose options like “+1 day before/after” and “weekends in the given month”. It will then sort everything by price and you can just pick the one you want. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do your search on Wednesdays and Thursdays – as in, today is Thursday so it’s a good day to search for flights..  I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it always seems like flights are cheaper on those days.

Also, be sure to clear you cookies.  Apparently search engines can remember that you already searched for those flights and will increase the prices.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

check out skyscanner.com – use it constantly between europe and canada. it finds the cheapest fares for you from a variety of airports and for a variety of times 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

Like PP said, mid-week flights are cheaper. Also BOOK the actual flight Monday-Wednesday as those are when airlines publish their sales on websites. Prices for the same flight could very by a few hundred dollars between a Friday night and a Monday morning. The earlier you fly in the summer will also be better. You will get the best deal if you stay from May until June, but if that is not possible then flying in June is usually a lot cheaper than flying in July. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

As others have said, book for weekdays – Monday throught Thursday. I use bookingbuddy.com to compare different airline prices.

@RunsWithBears:  Apparently search engines can remember that you already searched for those flights and will increase the prices.

Whoa, that’s messed up!

Post # 10
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Newbee

“fly.com” is what you need. It give cheapest fare of the month to upto 3 months in advance. plus it compare all tickets sites/ airlines.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I know that for cheap airlines, it is best to book 10 weeks before departure. That’s when prices are at their lowest! 

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