Many budget-conscious travelers rely on judicious airfare purchases to save on the cost of their vacation. While some like to hedge their bets and get a discounted plane ticket by filling a seat at the last minute, others prefer to book well in advance rather than risk price hikes due to availability limited. Of course, the seasonality of flight prices also makes it difficult to find the best dates for your vacation.
No matter how far in advance you book, some dates will simply cost more to travel. Whether prices are influenced by peak tourist season, the Australian school holiday schedule or popular holiday periods like Christmas, if you want to save money on flights there are a few key dates to avoid.
TravelOnline has analyzed flight sales data from a number of major airlines to calculate which dates are the cheapest and which dates will cost you the most in 2019. Giving you a general guide to the cheapest flight dates and the most expensive for some of the most popular. Holiday destinations for Australian travelers data also gives you an idea of what you can expect to pay when departing from Australia’s east coast.
“While this is a general guide to travel times, the trend is fairly consistent across the majority of popular airlines,” says Glenn Checkley, managing director of TravelOnline.
“In general, airlines increase their prices as the travel date approaches, so my advice is to book as far in advance as possible and be flexible with your dates to get the best deal.
“Even during peak periods, planning ahead is most often the best way to get the cheapest prices,” he said.
The cheapest : $415 round trip
Thursday 10/10/2019 – Mon 25/08/2019
Very expensive: Return of $1,178
Thursday 04/18/2019 – Sat 04/27/2019
The cheapest : Return of $691
Wednesday 09/10/2019 – Fri 18/10/2019
Very expensive: Return of $2,884
Friday 02/01/2019 – Fri 02/15/2019
The cheapest : Return of $563
Monday 01/04/2019 – Fri 12/04/2019
Very expensive: Return of $2,633
Tuesday 07/09/2019 – Sat 07/20/2019
The cheapest : Return of $587
Tuesday 03/12/2019 – Fri 03/22/2019
Very expensive: Return of $1,428
Friday 04/19/2019 – Fri 05/03/2019
The cheapest : Return of $434
Friday 03/01/2019 – Friday 03/15/2019
Very expensive: Return of $1,126
Saturday 09/21/2019 – Tuesday 10/01/2019
The book now, pay later concept is one that works particularly well for getting the best package prices. Travelers can benefit from advance flight fares and, with just a small additional deposit, can parking area their hotel, tours and airport transfers at the same time. Although flights must be paid in full at the time of booking, customers can continue to pay for the remainder of their vacation in smaller, more affordable installments throughout the year until they are ready to travel .