The price of air travel to national and international destinations are an important part of planning family vacations, so knowing what times of the year it is recommended to fly to avoid spending a lot of money is important. That is why Google, in order to help users find their ideal flight, developed a tool called GoogleFlights.
The search data for “cheap flights”, at least in the United States, increased more than 240% between April and August 2022, according to the technology company. During that five-month period, searches like “when is the best time to fly” or “how to find cheap flights” also increased.
As a result of this increase, Google Flights collected data from more than 5 years of airline prices, from 2017 to the present, to deliver to its customers and people interested in making air travel coming soon, a series of tips and relevant data to choose from low price tickets.
How to find the best prices
According to the data displayed by the tool Googleair travel is cheaper if it is done on weekdays instead of on weekends and especially on Sundays, days when prices can be higher.
For greater precision, flights departing on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday have historically been a 12% cheaper than those produced on weekends. If international destinations are not taken into account, a person interested in traveling could end up save up to 20%.
Furthermore, it is confirmed that the flights with stops they are a better option to save money than direct flights. According to Flights, the rate of the latter can be up to 20% higher. It should also be taken into account the amount of stops and weather between stopovers in order to find a reduced price.
Google Flights also indicates that, in reality, there is no day of the week in which it is preferable to buy air tickets. In fact, the price difference between purchases on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and those made on Saturday or Sunday is only 1.9%.
The company’s recommendation is that customers should buy their tickets early to avoid a later increase in price.
Buy tickets days before traveling
At least for the US market, on domestic flights the lowest prices are between 21 and 60 days in advance, although the average is 44 days before the trip. However, Google Flights indicates that this pattern may change. depending on the route to follow, so advance purchase is generally recommended.
Regarding holidays and destinations, these are some of the platform’s tips to find a good price on air tickets.
The best time to buy before Christmas in the case of domestic flights, it is 22 days before traveling. However, price reductions can be recorded between 20 and 88 days before of the date of the flight.
To plan the Summer Vacation In the United States, domestic flights begin a downward trend between July and August approximately 14 to 44 days before travel. The best price could be found even with 21 days in advance.
In case the client decides visit europe, the best time to buy tickets from the United States is several days before the trip; about 129 days beforealthough on the whole you can get good prices with an anticipation of 50 and 179 days.
And if the destination is Mexico or a Caribbean country, a good price can be obtained up to 37 and 38 days before the trip. However, the lowest point is found 59 days in advance.