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Table shows when it's best to book your flights

Tickets to North America are cheapest two weeks before travel, but flights to Europe are best booked a month ahead of departure

Planning your summer holiday? Time your booking right and save hundreds of pounds on your flights.

Trips to North America, Europe and Africa are best booked closer to the departure date, while longer-haul trips to the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East and Asia are cheaper when booked well in advance, according to holiday booking website Kayak.co.uk, which analysed the cost of millions of online flights.

Tickets to North America are cheapest two weeks before travel, but flights to Europe are best booked a month ahead of departure.

If you want the cheapest deal on flights to Africa book two months in advance, or three months ahead for the South Pacific, which includes Australia and New Zealand.

Long-haul trips are best booked even further in advance. Prices to the Caribbean are cheapest four months ahead of departure and flights to South America and the Middle East are at their best price five months early.

Trips to Asia require the most organised planning the best deals are available seven months before departure.

Kayak said the cheapest journeys typically depart on Thursdays and return on a Tuesday or Thursday. This is because business travellers typically fly out on Mondays and return on Fridays, meaning seats are more in demand and, therefore, more expensive.

While travelling at the weekend is also generally expensive, a fortunate exception exists for long weekends within Europe - the best combination is departing on Thursday and returning on Sunday.

Average price variations for return trips abroad

Region One month before Three months before Six months before Cheapest price
Europe £159 £175 £191 £159
Africa £570 £661 £606 £508
Asia £647 £654 £667 £606
Caribbean £712 £767 £796 £647
North America £668 £673 £680 £598
Central America £735 £576 £893 £576
South America £818 £841 £922

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 Source: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/booking-flight-table-shows-timing-095547054.html