Stretch Your Dollar: Guide to finding best air fare prices

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, planes taxi on runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

(WTNH) — It’s no secret, the cost to fly is well, high with more fees and less legroom. But experts say there are ways for the passenger to save.

Business Insider ( talked to the CEO of CheapAir who says the sweet spot to booking is precisely 54 days out, on the dot. So consider that.

Here’s the formula, CheapAir analyzed 921 million fares and found that between 320 and 106 days out, prices remain static. They start to drop around 105 days out.

They hit their lowest point around 54 days out and then start ticking back up.

Then the 20 day mark is when they drop dramatically.

Problem is, it’s a gamble to wait that long, but it’s a win for last-minute travelers.

A tip all travelers can use, pick up the phone!

Many airlines give discounts to seniors, veterans and other special groups. However, most only offer it over the phone. You may find you get a better price when you book it talking directly to a person.

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