What you need to know about when to book and save on flights

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Have you tried booking a flight online recently? I’ve seen flight prices jump up $200 dollars in under 10 minutes, but also discovered a week after buying tickets that they had dropped by $400. So when is the best time to book a flight?

There seem to be so many competing websites screaming that they have the lowest prices and best deals, but finding honest information on when to book and save money is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

However, after scrupulously analysing data collected over the past two years, travel search engine KAYAK have compiled what might just be the new bible of flight booking. They’ve created a list of our favourite destinations, the month for when it’s cheapest to travel there, how much could potentially be saved (up to 42 per cent) and how far out from the flight the booking should be made. They found that the best time to save when booking a flight – cue night owls cheering – is 3am on a Thursday morning!

Best time to book for top 10 international destinations


Top searched international destination

Best time to book (months in advance)

Potential savings (%)

Cheapest month to travel


Bali, Indonesia

3.5 months in advance

Up to 15%



London, UK

4.5 months in advance

Up to 12%



Los Angeles, USA

2 months in advance

Up to 10%



Auckland, New Zealand

1 month in advance

Up to 21%




3.5 months in advance

Up to 42%



Bangkok, Thailand

1 month in advance

Up to 15%



New Delhi, India

2 months in advance

Up to 17%



Tokyo, Japan

3.5 months in advance

Up to 14%



Phuket, Thailand

4.5 months in advance

Up to 35%



Manila, The Philippines

3 months in advance

Up to 18%


Seriously, if you’re considering a trip sometime soon, check out KAYAK’s findings, as they may reap huge savings and offer some much-needed honest direction.

Read more at www.travelweekly.com.au


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Written by Liv Gardiner


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