Best time to buy a plane ticket?
When is the best time to buy a plane ticket from Raleigh to Chicago? I am planning to go there in 5 weeks. When do tickets usually increase, like 2 weeks beforehand, or do they keep fluctuating till the day of the flight?
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I found that sometimes the best way is to call airlines direct. Sometimes the internet is cheaper, sometimes the phone operators are cheaper, sometimes travel agents are cheaper. Check out all three to make sure you get the best deal. There are a few other simple suggestions you should follow too: -- Choose the same airline for all legs of your itinerary whenever possible so you can take advantage of all connecting and round-trip airfares. -- Try to fly on the least popular days: Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. -- Remember that Saturday night stays are usually required for most bargain airfares. -- Try to select the least popular flight times: mid-morning or late evening. -- Check with discount airlines for cheaper fares. -- Try to book as far in advance as possible. Generally try to purchase your tickets at least 21 days in advance of departure. Many airlines also have specials requiring three-, seven- or 14-day advance purchase. -- In general, the cheapest airfares are available in the spring and summer. -- If you travel around the holidays, book your departure and return flights a day or more before and after peak travel dates. If you're flexible, you might benefit by waiting until the last minute to book your flight because major carriers often run special sales. These sales, however, often have a long list of rules, restrictions and blackout dates. --Consider booking tickets that come with restrictions because they also come with a cheaper price tag. -- Consider using alternate airports near your desired airport. The extra drive can save you hundreds of dollars. --Be as flexible as possible with your dates. If I can be of more assistance, feel free to contact me. Good luck and I hope you have a wonderful trip!