You need to read this before you book festive flights

We reveal the most cost effective times to book your seat on the plane
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You need to read this before you book festive flights

There’s a fine art to booking flights, don't you know. Book too early and you might miss a deal, but leave it too late and you could be paying double. Aside from the obvious ‘clear the cache’ rule, it seems to be hit-and-miss whether or not you get a good price. Until now…

Leading global travel search company Skyscanner has collated some rather useful information, revealing the best time to book your Christmas flights based on data from last year. Here’s their advice for the most popular destinations from the UAE.


Philippines
Best time: 13 weeks in advance, 24-30 September
Most expensive time: one week in advance, 17-23 December

India
Best time: 15 weeks in advance, 10-16 September
Most expensive time: six/seven weeks in advance, 12-25 November

United Kingdom
Best time: nine weeks in advance, 22-28 October
Most expensive time: 12 weeks in advance, 1-7 October

Pakistan
Best time: 12 weeks in advance, 1-7 October
Most expensive time: one week in advance, 17-23 December

Egypt
Best time: 13 weeks in advance, 24-30 September
Most expensive time: 0 weeks in advance, 24-30 December

Lebanon
Best time: 15 weeks in advance, 10-16 September
Most expensive time: 6 weeks in advance, 12-18 November

Thailand
Best time: nine weeks in advance, 22-28 October
Most expensive time: two weeks in advance, 10-16 December

United States
Best time: 10 weeks in advance, 15-21 October
Most expensive time: one week in advance, 17-23 December

So there you have it! Mark the dates down in your diary immediately and revel in your thriftiness.

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