There is a mad rush to book air tickets as the holiday season is about to begin. Everyone is looking for cheap fares. There are various schools of thought on how to get the cheapest fare. Some people believe booking an air ticket at last minute gets you the cheapest fare. But that may not be true.

A survey by flight search app Skyscanner reveals 69 per cent of Indian travellers do not know the best time to book air tickets for holidays. 31 per cent of respondents correctly assume booking more than 12 weeks in advance is the best time to book flights.

11 per cent feel that booking last minute is the key to getting a good deal.

The survey reveals that bookings for Bali and Kuala Lumpur are best secured 25 weeks prior to departure. But both destinations receive most bookings two weeks prior to departure when flight prices witness a surge of 16 per cent and 11 per cent, respectively.
Travellers can save 17 per cent on fares to Amsterdam if they book 24 weeks in advance.

Budapest offers flexible weeks to travellers for getting the cheapest fares. One can book 12, 20 or 23 weeks before departure and still save 13 per cent on the flight ticket. The best time to book for Madrid is 15 weeks in advance.

For cheapest fares, September and December are the best month to travel, the survey says. February is ideal to visit Amsterdam and Budapest as travellers can save eight per cent and nine per cent respectively on tickets. April is best for Bali, when travellers can save up to 10 per cent on fares. If one books tickets in September to Kuala Lumpur, one can save 18 per cent on average fares.
One can save 17 per cent on average fare if one books for Madrid in November.

“Knowing the best time to book flights is key to getting a good deal. It’s surprising that nearly three-quarters of Indian travellers don’t know when the best time to book travel is. 69 per cent are way off in their estimations, guessing the best deals on flights can be found less than 12 weeks before departure,” said Skyscanner India Growth Manager Reshmi Roy.

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