announced the results of its annual airfare study on Wednesday, Cheap Flights from Phuket to Yangzhou analyzing 917 million fares from nearly 3 million trips to determine when the best deals are typically available for domestic flights in the U.S.
Based on their data, the best time to buy is roughly 70 days before departure. It’s a pretty significant increase from last year's study, when the site reported most inexpensive fares could be found 54 days in advance.
“Our Airfare Study aims to explain the ‘method to the madness’ and give travelers a sense of the best time to buy and fly,” CEO Jeff Klee said in a statement. “We hear from travelers all the time who are frustrated that a fare they saw one day is dramatically higher the next.”
On average, fares will change 62 times over the course of 11 months, with each dip and rise changing the price by approximately $36, according to the study.
CheapAir.com recommends that travelers closely monitor airfares during the so-called “Prime Booking Window,” which is from four months to three weeks (or 121 to 21 days) prior to the departure date. During this time, travelers should closely monitor their travel route, and prepare to pounce on an attractive price.