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That sudden urge to just pack up your bags and leave for a tropical island, weekend on the slopes or soul-searching month visit to Bali soon comes to a crashing halt when you realise it would be cheaper to fly to the moon next month than to take yourself up on that feeling of spontaneity next week.

Flight prices… the most expensive yet instrumental part of travel. So, when is the cheapest time to book a flight? All shall be revealed… down. to. the. day. 


The ugly truth is that a spontaneous weekend or week away is always going to cost you a fortune. For argument’s sake, pack your things and go on a road trip if money is a hassle in this instance.

But if you plan in advance, you can save hundreds of dollars on air travel.

All you have to do is book exactly 47 days before you fly.

Or at least, thats what had to say when crunching the numbers of nearly 5 million trips in 2014.

That’s seven weeks before you travel.

If you’re anything like me and seven weeks feels like an eternity to wait (ha! I do have a serious case of wanderlust), then there’s still some good news for you: Fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and by all means avoid Fridays and Sundays as they are the most expensive day to fly.

According to the study, booking within two weeks of travel will cost on average $111 more than if you were to book outside of that time frame. That’s approx. 55 more chances to eat a cheap slice of pizza or ice cream cone.

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    August 27, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Great tips! It works! I have tried this technique for having my ticket and got the benefit. Thanks for sharing the post.

    July 7, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Now that is news to me…47 days! I always stuck to the rule of thumb of 3 months ahead of travel and weekdays as far as possible 🙂

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    April 12, 2015 at 6:58 am

    This are some great advices, but I’m not sure if I’d be able to follow the 47 days advice, although, I’m aware of the other ones.

    Rae Morgan
    April 11, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I’m used to booking an eternity before the flight, so I never realized that I may be booking TOO EARLY! I can’t believe it! Because in the past my shedule was set, with my obligations preventing me from going where I wanted when I wanted, I always booked in advance. But that time is coming to an end, so I have to keep this in mind. You are such a life-saver. I will not follow you on facebook forever, because it already served me so well.

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    April 11, 2015 at 3:57 am

    I had heard that just under the two month mark is the ideal time to book, so it’s good to see that you agree. And I can attest to Friday and Sunday being the most expensive. Unfortunately, I often have to fly during these windows for weekend trips, but if I can fly on a Thursday, Sunday or Monday, I do.

    Eithne on the Moon
    April 10, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I agree! I was booking my flight (first solo travel, so proud) and I picked the less expensive day…which is 6 weeks from now, on a tuesday! LOL! But I get back on Saturday because it’s less expensive still…but being 6 week ahead it’s probably the reason why.

    Now that I know, I’ll do it with purpose next time!
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    April 10, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Does this count for round the world trip tickets too? Or is this just for regular round trip tickets? Thanks!

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    April 10, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Thx for this good advices it is so true 🙂

    April 10, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Friday and Saturday may be the most expensive days to fly but Saturday is the day with the least delays on average! So if you want to get there on time keep that in mind!

    April 10, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Damn… that mark just passed for me while I’ve been waiting on my travel credit card to come :/ Oh well… I will make it up in points!

    April 9, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you for this! Will keep the number 47 in mind when I next book!

    April 9, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you for this post! Took notes for my next trip.

    Pedro @travelwithpedro
    April 9, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Brooke, my problem is that, as you said, seven weeks seem to be a whole lifetime to me! I usually try to travel on Tuesday or Wednesday, as you suggested. That does the trick for me. 🙂

    April 9, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you for these great tips! I’m thinking of booking a flight soon so this comes in handy 🙂

    xx Erika

    April 9, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    This is GOLD! Thanks for revealing the formula of booking cheap flights!

    April 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve always heard 21 was the magic number so this was very interesting. Definitely going to keep it in mind next time I book a trip 🙂

    Megan | Traveling Nine to Fiver
    April 9, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I love that there is an exact day! I’ve always gone with booking on a Tuesday 6-8 weeks out. So far it’s been pretty successful. I hope at least that I am about to have a last minute trip and am so worried about ticket prices. Thankfully I should get to fly mid-week as you suggest. I’ve found most people don’t travel on Saturday either and you can find some pretty good deals.

    The Dame
    April 9, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Awesome! I’m planning on spending next winter teaching stand up paddleboarding in South Africa, so now I know when to book my flight 😀

    April 9, 2015 at 10:42 am

    So helpful! Always have that doubt:)

    April 9, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I have always wonder this! Thanks for sharing

    April 9, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Awesome info and so helpful! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂
    XO Janina

    Nikki Vargas
    April 9, 2015 at 7:51 am

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    Nikki Vargas
    April 9, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Just booked a flight to Colombia and can attest to flying on Tuesday/Wed is much cheaper. I actually read all this on, which did a feature story on booking a flight 47 days in advance (I believe guest posted by Nomadic Matt). Another tip they mentioned was to book on a Tuesday or Wednesday as well (not just fly) as this is when airlines tend to put up tickets.

    For sites to book on (as I’m quite the travel hacking addict) I love to use Momondo, Skyscanner, Google Flights and Kayak (just for their price predictor tool).

    Thanks for the post, Brooke!


    April 9, 2015 at 7:36 am

    its good to keep a look out on websites for last minute cheap travels too for a bit of spontaneous travel.
    This post was helpful, I’ll keep in mind when booking tickets next time but that’s the least favourite part of travelling.

    El |

    April 9, 2015 at 6:50 am

    What a great number, honestly not the one I was expecting at all! I like that it’s that far out though, because I like having everything done early early early! For example, I’m heading to Germany in 10 days, and god knows why haven’t booked anything yet. Major nail biter right now! But I SWEAR, I’ll do it tomorrow ;D

    April 9, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Hahaha this is so random but I take pride that you show my currency there :p

    April 9, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Any suggestions for the best site to book flights?

    April 9, 2015 at 1:19 am

    We always fly on Tuesday or Wednesday when we can. So much cheaper! Also, if you hit “whole month” on skyscanner you can see the cheapest dates to fly, then pick those to book 🙂

    Rosie xx

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    Marie @ Marie Away
    April 9, 2015 at 12:51 am

    I’m trying to book a flight home in June and am just anxiety-ridden over trying to get a decent price. My boyfriend keeps pushing me to book now, but I’ll have to show him this post to convince him to wait. Cheers 🙂

    April 9, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I have heard of this advice so many times, but I was extremely impatient when buying ticket from Prague to New York, booked it in a huge advance and now the ticket is 130$ cheaper…Well at least I am trying to convinced myself the accommodation would be more expensive if I booked it later.
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    April 8, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Good tips 7 weeks in advance that’s kinda far out.

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored
    April 8, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Who knew 47 was the magic number? I always thought the earlier the better, but I’m going to try this trick out! x

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    April 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm


    I ‘ve heard that it’s a good time 1.5 months in advance to book . Good thing: NOW I know exactly the best time.
    Unfortunately, is is very expensive to be spontaneous


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    But thanks for the tips !

    Zaahirah Bhamjee
    April 8, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    So close but so far from that old six weeks point. I’m just going to continue tracking EVERY.DAY because I’m pretty obsessive like that 😛

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    April 8, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I’m going to start tracking! I’ve also heard that booking on a Wednesday is cheaper, but I honestly don’t notice much of a difference.

    April 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I just booked a flight for September. 🙂 Not exactly 47 days though. Next time I’ll try that number! <3

    April 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    These are good general guidelines to live by, thanks for sharing!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    April 8, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Don’t forget to open an incognito window when you check flight prices! I’m in the process of booking flights for this summer, I’ll try to stick to the 7-week rule then! Thanks for the advice!

    Clipping Path Outsource
    April 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Cheapest sounds always sweet ha ha ha.

    April 8, 2015 at 11:35 am

    This was so helpful! I’m currently waiting to book my flight to Iceland later this year and was trying to figure out when the best time to book my flight would be. Thanks a bunch Brooke 🙂

    April 8, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Good to know! My least favourite part of planning my trips are purchasing flights. I get stressed and usually book way too early in advance… Like say three to five months in advance? It is also of course the most expensive part of each trip so I’m hoping this will work on my long haul Asia trip (fingers crossed) next year. Thanks for the heads up! 🙂

    Andrea |

    Anna Nunes
    April 8, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Today is exactly 47 day before my travel to Europe and I’m relieved to tell y’all that the price I paid is almost two times cheaper for the flights that I chose.
    But rule about Fridays and Sundays couldn’t be more accurate! The difference is enormous !!!

    Awesome post as always Brooke!

    Kate kleeberg
    April 8, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Brooke, every time I read your blogs it’s mostly on way to work! I get tempted sometimes to just keep going, the airport is calling!

    If you ever need a personal assistant, I am all yours. I would love to be apart this travel world that you are creating! Happy travels

    April 8, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I love this! Thank you for the “7 week” tip – will def be using in the future!

    Nicola Easterby
    April 8, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Thank you Brooke!! Nothing I needed more then a very precise breakdown, so handy to know. Absolutely love all your posts, you really are my first stop for planning travels <3

    – Nicola

    April 8, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Omg! I truly get so inspired by you and by your lifestyle. Thank you for your wonderful travel vlogs:) I always look forward to them