Planning a vacation this year? Kayak’s 2019 Travel Hacker Guide is an online cheat sheet designed to help you figure out where to go in the upcoming year based on price, location, and the type of vacation you’re interested in. Perhaps it’s most useful feature is the “When to Fly” section, which searches the best domestic and international travel deals organized by month.
When it comes to buying flights, how far ahead you should book depends on the region you’re flying to. According to Kayak, if you’re flying to somewhere else in North America or to the Caribbean, you should book a month in advance. Vacationers flying to Europe, the Middle East, or Asia should book six months out. Flights to Central America should ideally be booked three months before takeoff, while flights to the South Pacific should be booked four months ahead of time. Flights to Africa should be booked five months beforehand. These are U.S. guidelines, but they can be applied to Canadian travelers too.
Here’s a link to the Travel Hacker Guide: https://www.kayak.com/travelhacker/2019/when-to-book