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Booking a Trip? Timing Is Everything

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The giant travel aggregator site Kayak has some advice for consumers on the best times to book travel in order to snag the cheapest airfares.

Drumroll please…

Don’t book too early, and don’t book too late.

OK, that’s slightly glib. But that’s basically what the site — which says it averages 100 million search queries a month — concluded after sorting through a year’s worth of data. Among its recommendations:

In my own experience, these tips ring true — although nothing about airfares is ever logical, really. But I have generally found Tuesdays and Wednesdays to be the best days to fly internationally. Domestic flights are more of a crapshoot. As for when to buy, most sites these days have an “Are your dates flexible” feature, which I strongly recommend using if you can. It’s amazing the difference a day or two can make in airfares.

Readers: What’s been your own experience? Got any tried-and-true tips on the best times to book travel, and best days to fly?

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