Target the Goldilocks Window
Photo: United airplane in flight. (photo via United Airlines Media)
The experts at Scott's Cheap Flights point out that there is no one time when travelers are guaranteed to find great deals, instead highlighting "Goldilocks Windows," periods when cheap flights are most likely to emerge. "For domestic flights, the best time to book is normally 1 to 3 months before your travel dates. For international trips, it's 2 to 8 months prior," states Keyes. "If your trip is during a peak travel period (Christmas, summer, St. Patrick's Day in Dublin) add a couple of months to those windows. If you're traveling during low season it's more likely cheap fares will pop up closer to departure date, but prices tend to jump in the last month or two before departure, so you don't want to cut it too close."