R&R’s Tips – Best Time To Book Flights To Get The Best Rates

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R&R’s Tips – Best Time To Book Flights To Get The Best Rates

British Airways AircraftWe all want to bag a good deal, but when is the best time to book?

Tickets for flights usually go on sale 11 months in advance but this isn’t always necessarily the best time to book. Although there’s no hard fast rule as to when is the best time to buy your flights, on average the best time is 5 weeks before travel.

It helps to understand that airlines are able to update their fares every hour using complex algorithms. Their aim is to get the fullest planes with passengers paying as much as possible for every seat, not nice to hear we know but business is business!

The two of us have been victim to these hourly changes too, when were looking to go to Helsinki, we checked the price right before our lunch break at work, when we came back only an hour later after deciding we definitely wanted to book, the price had shot up to almost double. In this instance we decided to travel one day later and saved ourselves a couple of hundred pounds, so it pays to be flexible!

The exception to the rule and when it may pay to book early is if you want to travel at a busy time such as the Christmas period or school holidays.

Our advice is to sign up for email alerts and follow airlines on social media accounts to find out about special deals and sales as soon as they become available.

 

Rebecca

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