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1. Posted by Manousak (Budding Member 2 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hallo my name is Manos i am almost 18 and i plan to go my first trip to Budapest. I prefer to go on 8-15 July but i dont know when is the right time to book my air tickets. I checked 2 weeks ago and those where 83 euros to go and return. And know are 120 euros. Is it too early to book for July. Is it possible the prices go down again?

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi Manos, Unfortunately you have asked a question which does not have a firm answer. I've notice much less flight get cheap closer to the date but occasionally they do... So IMO the only answer I can give is to buy them when you want to make the journey firm.

However I would say that I'm in the UK, and maybe it's different in the country you're situated in.
If you put your location on your profile then it's possible someone with first hand experience of booking tickets in that country can respond.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Mar-2019, at 09:12 by Andrew Mack ]

3. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 174 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Where are you flying from may I ask you?

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1477 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Generally the price of budget flights goes up. Not always, as Andrew says. Their prices are run by a computer algorithm, so they can be complex to figure out, but they generally work on a system of having a few seats at low prices, when these are sold the next ones are a bit more expensive, etc. If you use a search engine like Skyscanner it is possible to find some less popular dates that still have the cheap seats available - so being flexible with your dates can help get the cheaper tickets.

Then the airline or their computer can decide tickets aren't selling quickly enough at current prices so they have a sale. So maybe you get a bargain by waiting for the sale, or maybe you are unlucky and the sale happens after you have bought.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Mar-2019, at 09:26 by AndyF ]

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1050 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Some of the search engines let you set a query. You tell the site where you want to go and it notifies you when the prices go up and down. I know Kayak.com does this and it wouldn't surprise me if Skyscanner did the same thing. If you have time, you might try that to see if any prices go down. Generally, the closer to your travel date, the more expensive the tickets with one exception. If the plane isn't sold out and the flight is within the next couple days, there may be a sale. This doesn't happen often to major tourist sites, but it can happen to lesser-known places.

Personally, when I see a price within my budget, I buy it and then stop checking so I don't feel bad if the price goes down.

6. Posted by Manousak (Budding Member 2 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Sorry. I forgot to say. I am from Greece

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1050 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

It would be a good idea to put that information on your Profile Page here. If you look at the blue banner at the top of your screen, on the left side is an icon of a man with a small arrow beside him. Click on that and a drop-down menu appears. Choose Your Profile and click on that. This takes you to your profile page and beside your screen name (above the little photos), there is a tab that says Edit Profile. Click on that and you can add information such as that you are from Greece. This is a big help to anyone here who is trying to answer you questions.

Just a suggestion. Have a good day.

8. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 174 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thought you might give me your local airport name so I can do a little bit of homework for you. Never mind

#1. You are looking to travel in July. This is a peak of the peak when it comes to sun holiday makers travelling to Greece. Hence the traffic flows both ways and the flights are full. Yes the price can go down but if we are talking about peak summer season and it's €60 each way (€120 RT total) I think it would be highly unlikely this happening...but can happen for sure.

#2. Advance purchase when it comes to holiday destinations is key. The earlier you buy (most of the time) the cheaper that is (most of the time).

#3. Looking here all routes to/from BUD and we are talking about two airlines only. This makes everything so much easier for you. You can easily check various dates and find the cheapest option. Your age makes me believe that you will be on a school holidays so your dates should be flexible to choose the cheapest option.

#4. Be flexible. I just checked week earlier from a random destination in Greece to BUD and found RT flight for €80. But you need to be flexible with your dates to book the cheapest option...

Good luck!

9. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 884 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

It would be a good idea to put that information on your Profile Page here. If you look at the blue banner at the top of your screen, on the left side is an icon of a man with a small arrow beside him. Click on that and a drop-down menu appears. Choose Your Profile and click on that. This takes you to your profile page and beside your screen name (above the little photos), there is a tab that says Edit Profile. Click on that and you can add information such as that you are from Greece. This is a big help to anyone here who is trying to answer you questions.

Just a suggestion. Have a good day.

Maybe it looks different on different screens, but I have the icon of a man (could be a woman???) on the right side of my screen, not left! Top right corner, to be precise

10. Posted by Sujit1961 (Budding Member 18 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi Manos, I use three apps for scanning air ticket prices in my android phone : skyscanner, hpper and secret flying. Other than these three i also use various agregators such as via, rometorio, makemytrip etc. As some other members have suggested keep your dates flexible and travel during the midweek rather than at weekends.