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KAYAK 'Best Time to Book' From New Zealand 2019

Find the cheapest time to book your holiday - and learn how to save up to 44% on flights by booking at the right time for top destinations like Fiji.

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Knowing how much we all love a good deal, KAYAK, the world’s leading travel search engine, has analysed data from millions of travel searches from the past two years (2017-2018), to predict the best time to book flights from New Zealand to top destinations and help travellers make the most out of their holidays.

KAYAK’s data and analysis show that Kiwi travellers can save up to 61% on airfare by booking at the right times for top destinations.

  • On average, for top international destinations, it is best for Kiwi travellers to book flights 2 months in advance
  • Tuesday at 2am is the best time to book to enjoy the highest potential savings on flights.

Best Time to Book Flights to Top International Destinations

RankingTop Searched DestinationsBest time to book (months/weeks in advance)Potential Savings (%)Cheapest month to travel
1Sydney2 months in advance 25%September
2Melbourne2 months in advance 30%March
3London3.5 months in advance 24%July
4Nadi3 month in advance21%October
5Los Angeles3 months in advance15%November
6New Delhi2 month in advance19%March
7Honolulu2.5 months in advance29%March
8Bali1.5 months in advance18%November
9Brisbane3 months in advance33%March
10Gold Coast2 months in advance 11%February
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Sydney

When to Book: 1 month in advance

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Melbourne

When to Book: 1.5 months in advance

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London

When to Book: 1 month in advance

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Nadi

When to Book: 2 months in advance

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Los Angeles

When to Book: 1.5 months in advance

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New Delhi

When to Book: 2.5 months in advance

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Honolulu

When to Book: 2 weeks in advance

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Bali

When to Book: 2 months in advance

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Brisbane

When to Book: 1 month in advance

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Gold Coast

When to Book: 2 weeks in advance

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Best Time to Book Flights to Trending International Destinations

RankingTop Searched DestinationsYear-on-year search growth (%)Best time to book (months/weeks in advance)Potential Savings (%)Cheapest month to travel
1Honolulu356%2 weeks in advance 23%November
2Bengaluru195%2 weeks in advance 12%March
3Rome156%1.5 months in advance 16%November
4Ahmedabad129%2 weeks in advance14%January
5Bogotá107%1 week in advance61%January
6Noumea100%4.5 months in advance58%September
7Nadi88%2 months in advance44%March
8Cebu84%4.5 months in advance25%August
9Hyderabad78%2 weeks in advance34%June
10Dublin75%3 months in advance 24%October
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Honolulu

When to Book: 2 weeks in advance

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Bengaluru

When to Book: 2 weeks in advance

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Rome

When to Book: 1.5 months in advance

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Ahmedabad

When to Book: 2 weeks in advance

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Bogotá

When to Book: 1 week in advance

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Noumea

When to Book: 4.5 months in advance

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Nadi

When to Book: 2 months in advance

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Cebu

When to Book: 4.5 months in advance

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Hyderabad

When to Book: 2 weeks in advance

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Dublin

When to Book: 3 months in advance

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Money Saving Tip #1: Check Price Forecast before you book a flight

So you’re about too book your ticket, but there’s always that little nagging fear – what if the price suddenly drops tomorrow? Should you wait? But then, what if the fare goes up?

Lucky for you, there’s KAYAK Price Forecast, a seemingly magical tool to help you guess if it’s a good time to book.

KAYAK data scientists have studied years of flight data to gain an understanding of the factors that normally affect price fluctuation. Pretty brainy, huh? It’s not an exact science, but we’re pretty confident in it.

Whenever you make a flight search, simply check the top left corner once the results have loaded – you’ll see a recommendation on whether to BUY NOW or WAIT. If it’s a good time to buy, grab your tickets while they’re hot! If not, cool your jets and wait for the price to go down in the next 7 days. You can also create an alert to make sure you know as soon as they do.

Money Saving Tip #2: Set up a Price Alert to get notified when price changes

Maybe you know exactly where you want to go but you’re not really concerned about the when, as long as you get a good deal.

By setting up a KAYAK Price Alert, you can track prices for the hotels and flights you want. We’ll send you an email or a push notification whenever prices change. That way, you’ll know if it’s the right time to book.

This is often a win for long-haul flights, which can sometimes have huge fluctuations in prices.

Money Saving Tip #3: Check if you can bring your luggage as a carry-on to save baggage fees

If you are travelling alone, chances are you probably just need hand luggage and don’t need to check in any bags.

Our new Bag Measurement tool helps you calculate your bag’s size and know if it’ll fit in the overhead bin (or not) before you get to the airport so you can confidently breeze through check-in and not have to worry about having to pay extra fees to get your bags checked in.

Learn more: https://www.nz.kayak.com/news/measure-carry-on-bag/

Easily the most important... search KAYAK before you book.

Data methodology

Unless otherwise indicated, we considered searches conducted on the local KAYAK site between 2017/1/1 – 2018/11/15 for travel occurring between 2017/1/1 – 2018/11/15 for KAYAK “Best Time To Book” Travel Guide 2019. All flight searches are round-trip, economy, for 1 adult, based on a certain minimum click threshold. Potential savings are comparing the cheapest month with the most expensive month of booking in advance to the travel date. All potential saving claims are based on the prices found for these search dates and may change, vary with time.

Top Destinations: Flight destinations with the greatest number of searches.

Trending Destinations: Flight destinations ranked according to the greatest % YoY increase in search from the top 100 most searched destinations. Based on search dates 2018/1/1 – 2018/11/15 for travel dates 2018/1/1 – 2018/12/31, compared to corresponding period in the previous year (search dates 2017/1/1 – 2017/11/15 for travel dates 2017/1/1 – 2017/12/31)

Best Time To Book (Months In Advance): Only considered maximum of 6 months before departure date. Based on the same search parameters as above.

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