Why you should always book flights during the ‘goldilocks’ window

KNOWING when to book flights to get the biggest bargain can be difficult.

And a travel expert revealed when to book to find the cheapest flights.

How far in advance you book your flights can make the difference in price


How far in advance you book your flights can make the difference in priceCredit: Alamy

Andrew from Going.com debunked some travel myths, such as booking on a Tuesday, saying there is “no cheapest day or time to book flights”.

However, he said that there are such periods Time when cheap flights go on sale, the so-called “Goldilocks windows”.

He explained: “If you’re traveling domestically, the Goldilocks window where you’re most likely to see a cheap flight is 1-3 months before departure.

“For international flights, it’s 2-8 months in advance.”

This changes if you want to travel during a busy time of the year.

Andrew continued: “If you’re hoping to travel during a rush hour like mid-year Summer or around New Year you need to add a few months.

“More like 3-6 months for domestic flights and 3-10 months for international flights.”

He said if you “wait until Halloween” to start searching Christmas Flights, you left it too late.

Nicky Kelvin of The Points Guy UK explained how he still finds cheap flights too.

This includes changing your airport and combining your airlines

He explained: “Check many different airports, both departure and arrival locations, if you can.”

“I’ve searched Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels – and found these super cheap fares from Brussels to New York for just £345.”

He also said, “Combine airlines on your outbound and inbound flights.”

“[For example] There are outbound flights to Tel Aviv on Wizzair and return flights on EasyJet, which allows prices to stay low.”

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If you're traveling during a busy holiday season, you'll need at least three months


If you’re traveling during a busy holiday season, you’ll need at least three monthsCredit: Alamy

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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