Fluctuating flight costs can make booking airline tickets frustrating, but travel website momondo.co.uk claims to have identified the optimal time to get the best bargain.
Contrary to popular opinion, travelers won't benefit from booking tickets a year in advance, nor from leaving it until the very last minute, momondo says. On average, the ideal time to book is 59 days prior to departure.
Momondo said it tested its own website's 13 most popular flight routes out of London -Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Lisbon, Dublin, New York, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Los Angeles - as part of its research.
It found that travelers could save anywhere between 18 and 61 percent on airline fares - 38 percent on average - by booking 59 days prior to departure. The savings comparison was made to the most expensive day to book tickets - usually the day of departure.