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. Aug 10, 2010 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 Aug 10, 2010 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, 2010 at 16:04
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    Meta-discussion over here: meta.money.stackexchange.com/questions/48/… Aug 12, 2010 at 4:42

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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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