Yes. The secret formula exists. It is true.
After researching and researching and researching a kajillion articles on Google, Pinterest and Facebook I read multiple different answers to the question “When are international flights the cheapest?” It was frustrating. So I tested it myself.
I used Expedia to help me with this – they compare hundred of flights to find you the cheapest and fastest route for you. All the articles said, “6 months before your trip! 2 months before your trip! 6 weeks before your trip!” I didn’t know who to believe. I didn’t want to risk to buy my ticket at the 6 month price only to find out it’s cheaper at 2 months.
Here’s what I learned: I stumbled upon some great information from an article on Pinterest one day. (I wish I could find it but it’s hidden somewhere deep in the internet haha) That the day you buy your ticket and the day you choose to fly out MATTERS.
They claimed that buying your ticket on a Tuesday and flying out on a Saturday is the most cheapest ticket you can get.
So I tested it. I went on Expedia that day (A Sunday I believe) and made it to where I flew out on a Saturday. It was still the same price.
The next day (Monday) I checked it again to fly out on Saturday and it was still the same price. When I checked it on Tuesday it was like $200 cheaper! I went ahead and did the rest of the week and sure enough Tuesday was the magic day that makes your tickets cheaper!
So knowing this information I kept an eye on my ticket price as the year went by. When it hit 6 months my $1400 ticket to Italy was still $1400, so I don’t know what that article was claiming. eye roll
I checked it once a month after that to test the theory: When is the best time to buy your ticket?
At 5 months it was the same. At 4 months it came down to $1100. I was skeptical to buy it… but I waited.
Ladies and gentlemen… At 3 months: In MAY, 2016 the round trip ticket price for Italy went down to $850!!! I immediately bought it the night I saw it. I didn’t want to risk and wait any longer and see the price go back up. I was so happy I saved $550!
So the secret formula is…
3 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR TRIP.
BUY ON A TUESDAY.
FLY OUT ON SATURDAY.
You’re probably wondering… What if it’s cheaper at 2 months or 1 month? I tested this theory and the price sadly goes back up. At two months it goes up to $1000, and at one month it goes up to $1200.
Another factor is the time of year. I bought during high tourist season where Italy is super busy during the summer months of June-August. I just checked it again (for it being November) and flying out 3 months ahead in February and the price was $817! When flying internationally ALWAYS use this method. Save your money and spend it on more important things you can be doing on your trip. You won’t regret it.