Cheapest Air-Fare Day

How many days before your flight should you buy your ticket?
3:00 | 03/02/14

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The real money team is back top with a new study determining exactly how many days before your flight you should buy that plane ticket for the best deal. ABC's Clayton Sandell now. Reporter: It is the constant quest of armchair travel agents, finding airline ticket prices that don't soar sky high. Now has just crunched the Numbers on more than 4 million airfares finding the prime time to book is about one to three months before your trip, but the best time on average turns out to be 54 days in advance. We put it to the test. Okay, so let's search for a last-minute flight from New York to Los Angeles leaving tomorrow, and we get a price of $316, but search 54 days from now, it drops dramatically, only $154, but the 54-day rule doesn't always work. Popular destinations sell out fast, so there's fewer deals, say, Florida during spring break and the best time to book those Thanksgiving and Christmas flights turns out to be in June. Occasionally you'll win the lottery, but you can't have a strategy that says you are going to win every time and every trip. It's like going to Las Vegas. The house always wins. Reporter: But by searching smarter, experts say, it all adds up to real money. Clayton Sandell, ABC news, Washington.

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