Best Time to Buy an International Plane Ticket to Latin America

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Just because you want to study abroad in Latin America 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 – no matter the distance. 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 Latin America is Tuesday or Wednesday. 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 pretty open, but it’s best to wait one to four months before you need to arrival at your program. The longer you wait, the more the fares will jump, especially during the summer months. However, each country in this region differs in supply and demand – some cities get more tourists than others so it might be more expensive. It’s important to pay attention to the price of plane tickets every day for the specific country you’re planning to study abroad in.

Research the local public and school holidays of the country you plan to study abroad in to avoid expensive tickets, like these holidays in Chile. Keep an eye out on local events that will attract an international audience, too.

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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