How long before a flight is the best time to get the lowest fares?

Do prices on fare-finding sites change depending on the time of day or day of week? When is best?

  • Why the votes to close (as off-topic)? It seems like a money-saving question. – Ganesh Sittampalam Aug 10 '10 at 7:54
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    Questions of the variety " where can I find the lowest price on ..." were voted as off-topic at the area51 proposal. This is very similar in nature. To discuss more where the line ought to be drawn, we can head to meta.money.stackexchange.com – Chris W. Rea Aug 10 '10 at 12:10
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    It's not exactly a "where can I find the lowest price on..." question - it's asking for recommendations based on the historical fluctuations of a relatively closed industry. It's similar to a question like, "When is the best time to refinance?" – Don Aug 11 '10 at 16:04
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    Meta-discussion over here: meta.money.stackexchange.com/questions/48/… – Ganesh Sittampalam Aug 12 '10 at 4:42

This article seems to have good information:

  • Buy early, but not too early
  • Don't necessarily wait until the last minute
  • Sales tend to happen at the beginning of the week
  • Technology is your friend

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