How far in advance should I book my Disney airfare?

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Every day I get emails from clients about airfare to Disneyland or Walt Disney World. Previously, I wrote about the best days of the week to book airfare and which days of the week to travel by air.

Today, I want to give you the inside scoop on how far out from your trip to purchase your airline tickets.  Recently, the worker bees at CheapAir did a huge study on how far out from your trip to purchase airfare.

Here are the latest suggestions according to their exhaustive study and research:

The prime booking window is between 104-29 days prior to your trip.

  • The best booking day in that window is day 54, although this can vary depending on the popularity of where and when you are traveling.  For instance, if you are flying to Orlando to visit the Mouse in mid-June or Christmastime, two of the busiest seasons at Disney, you should book before that prime booking window.  When travel dates are popular, the airline has no reason to discount those tickets…buy early.
  • Buying tickets cheap “at the last minute”…within 2 weeks of your trip, is a HORRIBLE idea and will cost you.

I know that watching for airfare can be a bit like gambling, you watch the fare rise and fall and then kick yourself for not buying at the low point.  Follow these guidelines and you are less likely to fall prey to the airlines pricing games.

Book your Disney vacation with Cameron and get tips like these right in your inbox every single Tuesday.  Cameron is a Travel Specialist with Destinations to Explore, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.  Email her at cameron@destinationstoexplore.com today for free advice!

 

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