Monitoring trends for several weeks and even months before committing to buying a plane ticket is just plain waste of time and unproductive.
For those looking for deals on airfares, general wisdom is to book early and be flexible with dates. By the way, it’s not a Nigerian “thing” for passengers to wait a few days before they buy airline tickets ; it’s the same all over the world.
If you aware of the secret about buying plane tickets, you would not put yourself through the mental agony of buying a ticket early and wondering “What if prices drop the next day?”
Hence, we have come up with a list of tips on when to buy and when to travel to increase your chances of a good deal:
Purchase your tickets at least a few weeks in advance: Last minute deals are rarely good
7 days prior to departure is generally okay for domestic flights (Nigeria) and 34 days for international.
Fares on domestic flights in Nigeria DO NOT general change even if you buy several weeks ahead.
Keep track of the fluctuations in price to your destination for a week or two: Prices vary with seemingly little or no reason.
For peak travel times, such as Christmas and New Year, 14 weeks in advance is likely to yield the best deals. Sunday is usually the most expensive day to fly, and Saturday is usually the cheapest.
Don’t believe myths: the idea that shopping for tickets on Tuesday or Wednesday is cheaper is not true. Weekend fares could actually be five percent cheaper.
However, airline sales often occur earlier in the week, so it is best to monitor the flights price fluctuations.
The best way to get a good deal on a flight is to travel off-season. This results in significantly lower fares.
For summer travel, booking three months in advance is recommended for the best fares.
Another thing you can do is to subscribe to our news feed with your email address or bookmark our deals page so you don’t miss out on any promotions from airlines.