The insider tricks that’ll save you money when you book airfares.

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Everyone has that friend who somehow manages to book cheap flights out of nowhere.

“I just casually booked $99 flights to Thailand, including luggage!” she says, while you casually bang your head against a wall after cursing yourself for paying an ungodly amount for domestic airfares.

It might be hard to believe, but cheap flights aren’t an urban myth. They do exist… but finding one is easier said than done.

Nabbing one of these budget friendly airfares is a complex endeavour – they never appear when you’re actively looking. And timing is everything, which can really suck the excitement out of booking a spontaneous getaway.

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Luckily for us, Skyscanner has created a guide to the best times to book travel *insert praise emoji*

With this online tool, you can see the stats on price, percentage savings and how long to book in advance for travelling to and from your favourite domestic destinations. All in the one place.

Whether it’s a skiing trip to Tokyo, or your weekly domestic commute, this travel planner lays out the optimum way to save you money.

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Here’s just some of the cool stuff they’ve figured out for us time-poor, wanderlust-stricken travel addicts:

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The best time to travel

May and November.

Book your annual leave during these months, and you’re likely to save at least 10 per cent on your airfares.

The worst time to travel

You guessed it, December. The demand to get to our loved ones during the holiday period means prices can be inflated by up to 26 per cent.

Best to book end of year trips as far in advance as possible, or prepare to feel the financial buuuurn.

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Run, don't walk.

The best time to book international flights

It’s no secret Australians love a European summer, so forward planning is the key to getting the best deal.

Based on its data, Skyscanner recommends booking flights into London at least six months in advance.

The best time to book domestic flights

If you frequently fly the Melbourne-to-Sydney route, again — try to forward plan as much as your schedule allows.

Around 13 weeks is the sweet spot, so take note long-distance lovers. On the plus side, thinking ahead will give you something to look forward to!

And because we need all the help we can get, the airfares booking site has also blessed us with some other legit tips for finding cheap flights:

Be flexible

Often we plan our trips with a certain date or block of leave in mind, but it looks like we should actually be doing it the other way round.

Use the tool to see which months are the cheapest for your bucket list locations first, then fill in the blanks from there.

If you think about it, it’s a far more spur-of-the-moment way to plan a trip, like travel Russian roulette.

Forward planning is the key to getting the best deal. (Image via iStock)

Explore the most affordable destinations

Try typing ‘everywhere’ into the destination search bar on Skyscanner to find a destination that fits within your budget.

You may find a location you’d never thought of exploring before.

Now fly, my pretties, fly!

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