Best Time to Buy an International Plane Ticket to Africa

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Just because you want to study abroad in Africa doesn’t mean your plane ticket has to break the bank. There are ways to maneuver through the many travel options available and come away with a great price on a plane ticket, even if your destination is on the other side of the globe. A recent study by reveals a few simple truths about air travel that could save you a bundle.

The best time to book a flight to Africa is Tuesday or Wednesday in the afternoon or just after midnight. Prices tend to be more expensive on Mondays and in the mornings because business travelers are buying tickets through their companies’ accounts.

The prime booking window is five months before your arrival or as soon as you hear about your acceptance into the program. Flights to Africa from the United States are limited, so it’s important not to procrastinate. You may see a surge in prices during Easter, so check the local public and school holidays of the country you’re studying in to avoid paying more than normal - for example, during these holidays in South Africa. Keep an eye out on local events that will attract an international audience, like the Cape Town Jazz Festival or Cape Town Argus Cycle Tour in March.

Additional tips:

  • Use a flight app and get notifications so you’re always alert on the best deals. Download Jetradar, Skyscanner, Hopper, or Kiwi - all available on Apple and Android devices.
  • If you’re researching prices on a computer, delete your cookies and history after every search so you’ll get served the most up-to-date price.
  • Start saving for your trip sooner rather than later. Find 9 money-saving tips here.
  • If you’re Pell-eligible, you’re guaranteed a Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Travel Grant that covers up to $2,000 toward airfare to and from your program location! Learn more here.

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