Memorial Day is still more than six weeks away, so you're probably thinking you have plenty of time to book your holiday travel. But when is the best time to book a Memorial Day flight? You might be surprised, but now is the best time to score your airfare at a lower price. In fact, today is the LAST day to get good deal prices on Memorial Day plane tickets.
Here's how to score cheap fares now, so you can start dreaming of those cold umbrella drinks on the beach.
When Is the Best Time to Book a Memorial Day Flight?
Memorial Day airfares tend to hit their best prices at two different times, according to data compiled by airfare app Hopper. As a general rule, you should try to book your trip between 90 and 80 days before departure, and no later than 55 to 45 days before you fly out. Today is the 45-day mark.
Depending on your destination, Hopper says you should book your flight now. For instance, at the time of this writing, a roundtrip from Las Vegas to LA is only $84 if you leave on May 26 and return on May 30, and it's not likely to drop further in price. The prices for more popular locations have the potential to fluctuate a bit before the beginning of May — possibly to a lower cost — but you'll definitely need to purchase your ticket soon.
What to Look for When Booking Your Flight
The prime time to score the best price on airfares around holidays varies depending on the time of year and holiday. For Memorial Day, Hopper found that a good deal price is around $255. Anything less is excellent and you should book right away.
Right now is the second best time period to book your airfare for the holiday weekend, and if you have to wait, expect prices to surge around the beginning of May.
Readers, have you already booked your Memorial Day travel? How much did you save? Let us know in the comments below!