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How do I discover the best time to buy Chicago to Australia flights?

thisismetcalf 102 24 November 25, 2015 at 09:07 AM

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Five (5) of us will be flying to Australia, in late December, 2016. So, we're about 1 year away from the trip.

I'm in early planning phase. Looking at things to do, etc. Obviously, booking the flights is the most expensive part. I don't believe I can even book the flight yet, because it's 13 months away... so...

First question:
Where can I go, what can I read, that helps me identify what the best time of the year is to buy these tickets? Maybe it's March, May, August? Is it simply " as soon as possible", and that's it?

Second question:
Does anyone recommend a specific source or website to use? Anyone have a success story they can share of where/how to buy these tickets at the lowest price?

I'm trying to confirm if there's something I should be paying attention to, other than simply non-stop checking Expedia, Orbitz, HotWire, etc...

Thank you in advance!



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This is the easiest source to use. You can book 330 days in advance for most airlines. I haven't booked anything Asia/Oceania but international flights tend to be cheapest 300-280 days out and then 90-60 days out.
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Just from my personal experience you're going there at a pretty peak time so tickets are going to be more expensive than say in July. If you can find a ticket for $1,000 to $1,200 I'd say grab it. That would be from the West Coast so maybe a little more expensive than Chicago but I doubt you'll find a $750 ticket in Dec.

Also, last time we flew Virgin was great. They had amazing luggage allowances if you're gonna be travelling with boards or something big. No ridiculous fee per board, etc.. Double check on it though who knows if it's changed.
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i use airfarewatchdog. Select your city, and watch the emails come in
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