The magic number is 47.
In a study conducted by CheapAir.com, they analyzed over 5 million bookings and discovered that tickets for domestic flights are cheaper when they are booked 47 days before the date of departure.
In a Money.CNN.com report, CheapAir.com’s CEO, Jeff Klee, commented that getting an exact number for the cheapest flight on any given day is hard. “It’s not that simple,” he said.
Travelers can save as much as $201 on tickets except when they book 14 days before their flight date, in which case, the price difference soars to $319.
The tricky part comes when they book seven days in advance and when they try to buy on the same day the flight is offered. The difference can amount to $174 more for late buyers, and $50 more if they are too eager.
Fly on a Tuesday
Flying on a Tuesday or Wednesday is the cheapest choice. Flights on Sundays and Fridays are the most expensive.
“The odds of you paying the exact same price as the person sitting next to you is really small,” Klee concludes.