To get the best deal on a domestic airline ticket, there’s a lot of timing to take into consideration. Travel site FareCompare has meticulously gathered all the data to suggest when exactly to start looking for your ticket and when to purchase.
FareCompare says that airfare sales typically are filed late Monday evening, so you should start looking and shopping for domestic tickets between Tuesday morning and 3pm EST…
At about 3pm Eastern time is when all the matching discounted seat prices hit reservation systems for domestic travel – this is when the maximum number of cheap seats are available to consumers
You’ve got a window of about 3 days for when the sales last—so up to Thursday, which is why previous advice for buying tickets on Wednesday might also still correlate.
Also keep in mind to book your flight about two months before you’re traveling to push the savings even further. Photo remixed from an original by schuey.