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Best Time for Booking a Flight: Domestic, International, and Summer Travel

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For domestic trips, pricing is elevated when tickets are first released, about a year before the flight.

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All the way to their lowest point in the prime booking window see a huge spike in cost for last-minute travel.

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Overall, you're better off booking earlier rather than later for international travel

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ideally around six months before your desired flights,  But there is some regional variance.

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CheapAir.com determined the prime booking windows for the following destinations:

Canada: 300 days to 3.5 months before departure Mexico: 4.5 months to 1 month before departure The Caribbean: 5 months to 1.5 months before departure Central America: 5 months to 2 months before departure South America: 4.5 months to 1.5 months before departure Europe: 6.5 months to 1 month before departure Africa: 10 months to 2 months before departure Oceania/South Pacific: 10 to 9.5 months before departure Asia: 10 months before departure Middle East: 10 months to just under 2 months before departure

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Unfortunately, there aren't many deals to be found for summer

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Both Expedia and Hopper predict airfare to peak in price during the season.

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you're going to want to book flights for summer travel as soon as possible, ideally at least six months in advance