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Watch for Price Drops to Find Lowest Airfares?

Updated on October 3, 2012

The key to getting the cheapest airline tickets depends on how far in advance a customer is willing to book the flight. On average, the cheapest price for a flight is, usually, six weeks before the departure date. This means that customers, who have flexibility in their scheduling, can find cheap airline tickets to just about anywhere.

In order for customers to score cheap airline tickets to practically any destination, it helps if they plan far in advance and keep checking the fares weekly for price drops. When the prices do drop, around six weeks before the departure date, it is important for travelers to pounce on the deal. Knowing when airfare will be at its lowest point is the only advantage customers have over the fluctuating prices of airline tickets.

The day of the week is another thing customers should take into consideration when searching for cheap airline tickets. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays have lower fares than other days of the week. Sunday is the most expensive day of the week to fly. Customers can also find lower fares when booking a weekend trip leaving on Saturday and returning on Monday, rather than Friday through Sunday.

There are some factors that can cause airfare prices to drop lower than they do at the initial six week period. Competition among airlines on a particular route can result in one airline cutting their airfare. In turn, rival airlines will often follow with a lower fare as well.

Another circumstance where airlines will unexpectedly lower airfare prices, is when a plane is running way below its expected booking. Airlines will lower the rates in order to attract passengers to that flight. Otherwise, it is safe, for customers booking at the six week drop in price, to say they got the cheapest tickets.

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