In the summer air fares go up mainly due to rising fuel cost. In 2012 just over 35% of an airlines cost went to jet fuel and when the cost of jet fuel goes up the price for you booking your vacation goes up. This year the prices of jet fuel is up, on an average of 3 cents per gallon, so flying will be more expensive this year.
In reading Peter Green’s blog he states the following; “Peter’s longstanding advice is to plan ahead…but not too far ahead.”
“Unless you are booking July 4 or Labor Day travel, looking for better airfares is all about knowing when airlines will lower fares…and they won’t do it any further out than 45 days before your desired flight. The sweet spot will be in a small window between 45 and 35 days ahead of your departure date,” he says.
If your window is not a 45-day window and need to book your flight at the last minute, watch for flight sale alerts through online travel agencies (OTAs), airline websites, the one I have found to be the best is Airfare Watchdog sign up for their airfare price alerts.
“The best answer is that there is no best time to book summer airfares, other than when there happens to be an unadvertised sale,” says George Hobica, founder of Airfare Watchdog which alerts travelers of special deals and provides email alerts on your specific routes.
“We’ve already seen some spot sales this year for summer travel on various routes where the fares were no higher than in winter,” says Hobica.””
In short be a good shopper and use the web to uncover the best airline ticket deals. Note that most discount Airlines post their sales on Tuesday so your best bet at getting a lower airline ticket comes on Tuesday. This is one time that OTA’s can be your friend and help you uncover the best airline deal, but make sure you check for booking fees BEFORE you click on the “book it” link.