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Long-haul flights booked further in advance: air travel study

Airlines Reporting Corporation collaborates with Expedia on 2018 Air Travel Outlook Report


December 12, 2017
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ARLINGTON, Va.—Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), in collaboration with Expedia, Inc., has released its fourth-annual comprehensive study of worldwide air travel trends: The 2018 Air Travel Outlook Report.

ARC and Expedia conducted an analysis of over one billion flights to spot trends that can help flyers determine the best choices between myriad available air travel options. Egencia, the business travel company of Expedia, also provided analysis and commentary on corporate travel for this report.

ARC contributed detailed insights into changing travel patterns—such as the shift to longer advance purchases—and the resulting benefits to travellers. Some of the key findings from this study include:

  • The advance purchase window for cost-effective ticket purchases continues to gradually increase as a result of strong demand. Business travellers are also beginning to understand this shifting dynamic, resulting in long-haul, premium flights being booked further in advance.
  • For most economy or premium air travel, booking more than 30 days ahead is a good strategy for purchasing lower priced tickets.
  • With few exceptions around the world, lower airfares for international and US domestic economy seats were booked on a Sunday.
  • The busiest gateways into the US are New York, Los Angeles and Miami, while other gateway cities continue to see strong traffic, signaling continuing demand for international travel into the US.