What is the best time to buy an airline ticket?

I am looking for airline tickets to Andaman for months and I am not getting the price my friends got. I was just wondering when should I look so that I get the best price. There should be a time when the tickets are on sale. My curiosity lead me to various websites and I found the following information:

  • The best time to buy a ticket is seven weeks before takeoff. You should not wait for the last minute deal as there are very less chances that you will get a low price ticket. According to many researches you should never book an airline ticket within the final two weeks before take off.
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  • Airlines earn money from knowing your buying habits. As per airline corp. buy tickets within 8 weeks to 5 weeks before take off but you should not always buy early airlines. Sometimes buying too early can also lead you to pay higher price.


  • ¬†Airline start offering cheaper seats in about 7 to 5 months before departure.


  • Prices change upto 3X per day so you should always look the prices as they fluctuate rapidly.


  • Signup for email alerts from airlines as you cannot always keep looking for tickets.

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  • Never fly on Sunday as it is usually the most expensive day to fly. But during Holiday season don’t follow ¬†the above rules and book tickets as early as possible.
  • Prices rise upto 40% on daily basis during the week of the flight.
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  • Look for nearby airports as many cities have more than one airport and prices change as per the airport.


  • Buy on Tuesday or Wednesday and fly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.


  • I also found somewhere that you should clear your browser histories and cookies before looking again for the same flight as airlines can increase prices if they recognize that you are a returning user. But I don’t know it actually happens or not. But I will surely try it next time.

I think you should keep the above points in mind while booking tickets next time as there is no harm in trying something and you might be lucky.

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Harsh is a curious writer who loves to explore his surroundings. There are many websites who provide answer to people queries but no single website alone resolves the curiosity of people. Curious Mind Box is an initiative to resolve the curiosities and answer every What, How and Why question that comes into your mind.

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