If you’re planning on doing some traveling in 2018, January may be one of the best times to book that flight and perhaps even take your trip.
Travel and Leisure notes that flight-booking sites Skyscanner and Hipmunk both have pinpointed January as a great time to shop for airline tickets.
Skyscanner looked at searches from its 60 million users and determined that tickets booked during the first two weeks in January will often offer the best prices on flights for the first half of the year. That means if you’re thinking about a spring cross-country trip, now might be the right time to go ahead and snag that plane ticket.
Skyscanner claims that come March those domestic flights will be 13% more expensive, while international journeys will likely be 56% more expensive than the year-round average. That’s a huge increase in price.
It’s a sentiment echoed by Hipmunk, which claims that January is the most “cost-effective month” for travel.
And Travel and Leisure notes that its consistent with travel trends its reported in the past as well. There are typically deals to be had during the “post-holiday slump” each year, the period of time between January 4th and February 15th.
Bottom line: If you’re on the fence on taking a big trip in the next few months, now’s the time.