Timing is everything when it comes to buying airline tickets. Fares are typically highest from eight to 10 weeks and two to three weeks in advance. The “sweet spot,” so to speak, is four to six weeks before you travel, so try to purchase your tickets then. It’s also a good idea to avoid shopping for airfare on the weekends. Airlines often announce sales in the middle of the week, so look for good deals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Nervous about your airfare purchase? Experiment with a flight search like Bing, Orbitz or Expedia. Enter your departure and arrival city, as well as the dates on which you want to fly, and the Web site’s price prediction tool will tell you whether prices are rising, falling, or remaining steady, and with what certainty those trends will hold true. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are generally the cheapest days of the week to fly, and trips without a Saturday night at the destination can sometimes be more expensive. If you really want to cut costs, schedule a red-eye flight. These flights usually take off and land in the wee hours of the morning, but they’re typically deeply discounted due to the inconvenient time.