Smart flyers save more by booking early
2. Book two to six months in advance
When making travel or holiday plans, it is always a good idea to book in advance. Japanese economist Makoto Watanabe calculated that the best time to book an airline ticket is two months before flying out1. Of course, if you’re travelling to a really popular destination then it makes sense to make your flight booking even earlier.
According to travel aggregator Skyscanner – which is used by 60 million people a month – Singaporeans can save up to 15% by planning and booking short-haul flights within Asia in advance3.
The best time to book flights to Bangkok, Bali, Phuket and Hong Kong is typically 6 months2 before leaving because they’re all so popular. However, Kuala Lumpur and Manila are the exceptions to this rule. The best time to book a flight to KL is seven weeks before travelling and 16 weeks in advance to Manila2. That way you can be sure you’re getting the best price.
Skyscanner’s data also showed that Singaporeans can save on long-haul flights by booking five to six months prior to travel3. According to their data, you could get discounts of up to 30% for tickets to popular long-haul destinations like New York, Paris and Honolulu3. Therefore, book your flights early or you may miss out on cheap flight deals when planning too close to your travel dates.