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Here’s the secret to scoring cheap flights for the long weekend.

Melanie Lieberman
April 25, 2017

If you thought you had to book your Memorial Day weekend flights six months in advance to avoid massive fare hikes, think again. According to Skyscanner, the earliest opportunity to score Memorial Day travel deals (Monday, May 29) is this week.

By analyzing historical flight prices for travelers departing from Thursday to Saturday before Memorial Day, and returning between Sunday and Tuesday after, Skyscanner has determined that travelers booking Memorial Day weekend getaways can save about 5 percent by waiting until the last week of April.

Even if you haven’t decided where to go for Memorial Day weekend yet, you’re in luck. Skyscanner is predicting that the absolute best time to book a Memorial Day trip this year will be the week of May 15. Potential savings could be as much as about 7 percent.

And chronic procrastinators could find last-minute Memorial Day weekend savings as late as that week. Flight reservations made the week of May 22 could still offer savings of 4 percent, meaning you still have plenty of time to research cheap places to go for Memorial Day weekend.

Whether you hop on the first opportunity to save or wait until the final moment to make travel plans, don’t miss out on the first vacation of summer. Trust us. You’ll be amazed at how much you can see during a long weekend.

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