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When is the best time to buy international airfare?

As of my last update in September 2021, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the best day to buy international airfare. The pricing of airline tickets is influenced by a variety of factors, including the destination, time of year, demand, and airline policies. However, I can provide you with some general tips that might help you find better deals:

  1. Book in Advance: In general, booking international flights well in advance can often lead to better prices. Airlines tend to increase fares as the departure date approaches, so booking early might save you money.

  2. Be Flexible with Dates: If your travel plans allow it, try to be flexible with your travel dates. Sometimes, flying a day earlier or later can result in significant cost savings.

  3. Avoid Peak Travel Seasons: Peak travel seasons, such as holidays and summer vacations, tend to have higher demand and therefore higher prices. If possible, try to avoid these busy periods.

  4. Midweek Travel: Booking your flights for midweek departures (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) can sometimes be cheaper than traveling on weekends.

  5. Set Fare Alerts: Some travel websites and apps allow you to set fare alerts for specific routes, notifying you when prices drop.

  6. Consider Layovers: Direct flights are often more convenient but can be pricier. If you're willing to have layovers, you might find more affordable options.

Keep in mind that the airline industry is dynamic and prices can change rapidly. It's always a good idea to monitor fares regularly and book when you find a price that fits your budget. For the most up-to-date and accurate information, I recommend checking with travel experts or the latest resources in the travel industry.

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