Flying home for Christmas? When are the best times to book?

Skyscanner reveals the best time to book cheap Christmas flights
Flying home for Christmas? When are the best times to book?
10 Sep 2018 AT 03:10 PM
10 Sep 2018 AT 03:10 PM

The Christmas season is a notoriously expensive time to travel, but research from Skyscanner.ae reveals how to avoid high fares. To aid consumers in the hunt for the best Christmas flight deals in 2018, the travel experts at Skyscanner delved into its database to reveal this year’s best time to book campaign for Christmas, featuring some of the most popular destinations from the UAE.

In addition to showing travellers the best week (or weeks) to book, the research also highlights the least cost-effective time to book during the festive period. The conclusion is that it really does pay to do some research before you buy, and luckily Skyscanner has done the hard work for us.

Here are eight of the most popular destinations from the UAE and how travellers can get the best price for flights:

Philippines

The best time to book for Christmas in the Philippines is 13 weeks in advance (24th-30th September) and the most expensive time to book is one week in advance (17th-23rd December).

On average, ticket prices 13 weeks in advance were 13 percent cheaper than the average ticket price for the same period and, last year, only 4 percent of people booking got the best deal. Ticket prices the week before were 17 percent more expensive than the average and last year 9 percent of people booked at this time.

India

The best time to book for Christmas in India is 15 weeks in advance (10th-16th September) and the most expensive time to book is 6 or 7 weeks in advance (12th-25th November).

On average, ticket prices 15 weeks in advance were 15 percent cheaper than the average ticket price for the same period and, last year, only 1 percent of people booking got the best deal. Ticket prices six weeks before were 8 percent more expensive than the average and last year 11 percent of people booked at this time.

United Kingdom

The best time to book for Christmas in the United Kingdom is 9 weeks in advance (22nd-28th October) and the most expensive time to book is 12 weeks in advance (1st-7th October).

On average, ticket prices 9 weeks in advance were 10 percent cheaper than the average ticket price for the same period and, last year, only 4 percent of people booking got the best deal. Ticket prices 12 weeks in advance were 5 percent more expensive than the average and last year 5 percent of people booked at this time.

Pakistan

The best time to book for Christmas in Pakistan is 12 weeks in advance (1st-7th October) and the most expensive time to book is 1 week in advance (17th-23rd December).

On average, ticket prices 12 weeks in advance were 26 percent cheaper than the average ticket price for the same period and, last year, less than 1 percent of people booking got the best deal. Ticket prices 1 week in advance were 23 percent more expensive than the average and last year almost a quarter of people (24 percent) booked at this time.

Egypt

The best time to book for Christmas in Egypt is 13 weeks in advance (24th-30th September) and the most expensive time to book is 0 weeks in advance (24th-30th December).

On average, ticket prices 13 weeks in advance were 29 percent cheaper than the average ticket price for the same period and, last year, only 2 percent of people booking got the best deal. Ticket prices 0 weeks in advance were 22 percent more expensive than the average and last year 18 percent of people booked at this time.

Lebanon

The best time to book for Christmas in Lebanon is 15 weeks in advance (10th-16th September) and the most expensive time to book is 6 weeks in advance (12th-18th November).

On average, ticket prices 15 weeks in advance were 29 percent cheaper than the average ticket price for the same period and, last year, only 2 percent of people booking got the best deal. Ticket prices 6 weeks in advance were 21 percent more expensive than the average and last year 3 percent of people booked at this time.

Thailand

The best time to book for Christmas in Thailand is 9 weeks in advance (22nd-28th October) and the most expensive time to book is 2 weeks in advance (10th-16th December).

On average, ticket prices 9 weeks in advance were 16 percent cheaper than the average ticket price for the same period and, last year, only 4 percent of people booking got the best deal. Ticket prices 2 weeks in advance were 23 percent more expensive than the average and last year 18 percent of people booked at this time.

United States

The best time to book for Christmas in the United States is 10 weeks in advance (15th-21st October) and the most expensive time to book is 1 week in advance (17th-23rd December).

On average, ticket prices 10 weeks in advance were 15 percent cheaper than the average ticket price for the same period and, last year, 8 percent of people booking got the best deal. Ticket prices 1 week in advance were 14 percent more expensive than the average and last year 10 percent of people booked at this time.

Flying can be notoriously expensive... 

But it doesn't have to be. Planning ahead and shopping around are key ways to get the best bargains. 

Monitor prices: The best way of getting a good fare is to keep track of the prices by setting up a price alert so that you are notified when prices rise or fall on a specific route.

Be flexible on the day of travel: You might find it’s significantly cheaper to travel a day before or a day after your original departure dates. It pays to do your research by using Skyscanner’s Month View search tool.

Mix and match airlines: Fares don’t have to be booked as returns, instead, you can save money by flying out with one airline and back with another.

Search Everywhere: For those with a limited budget but an unlimited imagination, Skyscanner recommends using its Search Everywhere tool, which will find the cheapest destinations to travel to for a specific date period.

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