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The best time to book cheap flights

Want to make sure you’re getting the best price for your flight? We’ve got the tool you need that’s just the ticket!

Are you missing out on cheap flights by booking at the wrong time? Knowing the best time to book can be tricky, but our travel tech experts have analysed millions of bookings from the UK to bring you the most detailed best time to book data yet.

Our interactive best time to book tool now features more routes than ever before, allowing you to search from even more UK cities to the most popular destinations. This handy tool also allows you to quickly see what the cheapest month to travel is and how much you can save if you book at the right time.

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*Best time to book is based on two years’ worth of historic Skyscanner flight booking data from 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2017. Price data is based on return economy adult fares. Whilst we can’t predict the factors that may impact flight prices in 2018, we have looked at a wealth of data to enable us to identify clear patterns that we would expect to be replicated in future years.

These results should be considered as a guide for travellers and whilst we have identified the average flight prices and best time to book, there will never be one date where we can guarantee that flight prices will be at their cheapest.

We’ve also asked a number of well-respected travel bloggers for their top insider booking tips:

1. Jack from Jack’s Flight Club has this advice: “If you need a last-minute flight, and you don’t want to pay over the odds, be flexible with your airline choice. Some of the smaller carriers and those that specialise in package holidays to beach destinations will discount unsold seats as the departure time nears. Use Skyscanner’s Search Everywhere tool to find these deals. Simply input the nearest Whole Month for your travel dates, select ‘direct only’ and hit Search Flights. Then scroll down the list of destinations until you see one with an insanely good deal.”

2. Flash Anthology’s Alice Tate advises: “My top savvy nuggets are to search by ‘Cheapest Month’ to get an idea of prices through the year. And as I tend to go at weekends and like to fly late on Friday night, I always use the sliders to make sure I’m only looking at Friday night flights rather than all day – it really does a great job of refining the search.”

3. Vicky Philpott, from explains: “The cheapest flight isn’t always the best value. Explore a few options to see whether baggage is built in, if food on board is included, whether they have free Wi-Fi and if the timings match with your local transport links. They can end up being a false economy if you don’t do your research.”

If you’re looking for more great travel tips to get the best flight deals, check out our guide to booking cheap flights

One last tip for getting the best deals on flights is to set up a price alert so that you’ll get alerted as soon as the price changes.

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