This tip is short and sweet: Buy your tickets 6-12 weeks before travel. If you buy before 12 weeks out, the airlines know you have to be at that specific place for that specific time (like for a wedding) and will charge accordingly. If you wait too long and buy tickets for travel just before you leave, the airlines know you have to be there now or you would have purchased your tickets earlier and will charge accordingly. Trust us on this one. Ryan tracks airfare prices obsessively.
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