Taking the plunge: The best time to purchase airline tickets.

Airfares can be a complicated business. Even industry veterans have little insight into the algebra behind them. Meaning, you’re bound to have more success betting on the horses than picking the single best day to purchase a series of plane tickets. That said, finalizing your itinerary may cause fear and trepidation in even the most determined of consumers.  The most important thing to remember is this: we’re here to help.

So, when is the best time to buy your tickets for your multi-stop or round the world trip? AirTreks normally recommends you purchase your tickets anywhere from 4 to 6 months prior to your departure. There’s a few reasons why:

  • A good lead time puts you at an advantage over other people who wait until closer to their departure to start shopping for their tickets. There’s less competition for seats and therefore less demand, adding up to a lower price for you.
  • You can get the dates you want. Especially if you’re planning on traveling in a peak season (e.g., the holidays or summer months), you’ll get your pick of the most coveted dates, weekends, etc. Waiting seriously impedes your ability to get choice dates without paying a premium. Much of the AirTreks purchasing method comes with being able to find discounted seats on flights. And of course, like all cheap things, discounted seats are usually the first ones to sell out. If you’re ahead of the game you’ll be able to snatch these up before the crowd does.
  • You can move on to other stages of the planning process, usually ones far more enjoyable to do.

While last minute deals do exist, they are mainly discovered on airline’s websites and certainly not for long periods of time, making it an endeavor that requires a healthy dose of luck and timing to be  successful. To be on the receiving end of a bargain that will make up for the stress you suffered waiting for it is quite unlikely.

You know you want to take the trip. And it’s practically a foregone conclusion that you’ll use AirTreks because you like their service and knowledge base. Why wait? Save yourself the aggravation and sidestep any disappointment that you might get when you find out that something you’ve been waiting for is gone.

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