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Best Time to Book Flights from Canada

Want to know the best time to book a flight from Canada? We’ve analyzed our booking data from last year to help you find the cheapest times to book a flight from within Canada and to international destinations!

Discover the Best Time to Book Flights

When thinking about your next vacation, you always want to make sure you are getting the best flight deals. Whether you are going on a short or long-haul trip, paying more than you have to will take a bit out of your travel budget. Our article lays out the details about all you need to know to save on flights: from the best month to book flights, the best day to book flights, and how far in advance you should book for the most popular destinations within Canada and abroad.

Route TypeCanadaInternational
Best month to bookJanuaryFebruary
Best day to bookSundayThursday
How many weeks out44
Average trip length7 days20 days

What Are the Best Flight Prices?

We’ve analyzed the data on the average prices for the most popular flight routes within Canada and to international destinations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia from 2019 to help you plan for your vacation this year. Find out the prices below to your favourite domestic and international destinations so you can discover the best time to book a flight in 2020!

Domestic and international flight routes from Canada

Top Routes for flights within Canada: Avg. Price for return flights

As you can see from the infographic above, the flight prices vary according to distance and departure city. So if you’re seeing a flight that’s $600 from Toronto to Vancouver, for example, you know that’s on the pricey side! We’ve gathered the average cost of flights from last year to help give you an estimate of what you should be paying for flights within Canada. All prices are in Canadian dollars and are the round-trip fares. We break it down for you below.

RankDomestic Routes Avg. Price
1Toronto-Vancouver$540
2Vancouver-Toronto$536
3Toronto-Calgary$518
4Vancouver-Calgary$308
5Calgary-Toronto$502
6Montreal-Vancouver$524
7Calgary-Vancouver$294
8Toronto-Edmonton$445
9Edmonton-Toronto$441
10Toronto-Montreal$235

Top Routes for international flights from Canada: Avg. Price for return flights

RankInternational RouteAvg. Price
1Montreal-Paris (ORY)$559
2Toronto-New Delhi$1478
3Montreal-Cancun$430
4Vancouver-New Delhi$1248
5Montreal-Paris (CDG)$846
6Toronto-London (LHR)$934
7Toronto-London (LGW)$792
8Toronto-Mumbai$1469

Disclaimer: Information correct as of February 24, 2020, obtained from Skyscanner’s data on travel trends and average findings. All prices in Canadian dollars. Flight prices may change due to availability at the time of booking.

Trip Length for Canadian and International Destinations

When booking your dream vacation, are you wondering how long to book for? Based on data from 2019, we’ve discovered how long the average return flight is from within Canada and to the most popular international destinations. The infographic below outlines that Canadians tend to book a 3 or 4 day trip when visiting cities within the country and book a 7 to 14 day trip when traveling abroad.

Best Time to Book by Month

For more information on how the flight prices vary from month to month, take a look at our interactive infographic below.

When are the best months to book flights across Canada?

When deciding the best month to book flights across Canada, it’s best to book your flight either in January, February or September. Ideally, try not to book a flight in July, where flight prices tend to increase by 33.2% compared to the lowest average price in January.

When are the best months to book international flights?

Based on the data, it looks like Canadians tend to plan their trips at the beginning of the year! Have you booked your latest vacation yet? The best months to book international flights from Canada are January, February, and March. The absolute cheapest month is February, where flight prices are on average 22.8% cheaper compared to the most expensive month to book a flight, which is in October.

Infographic: Best Month to Book Flights

Take a look at the infographic and tables below to get a better understanding of how the prices change for flights within Canada, and the best months to book on average for the cheapest price.

Disclaimer: Information correct as of February 24, 2020, obtained from Skyscanner’s data on travel trends and average findings. All prices in Canadian dollars. Flight prices may change due to availability at the time of booking.

The best month to book a flight within Canada

When booking flights within Canada, the cheapest month is January and the prices are the highest in July.

Month (2019 Data)Average Price (CAD $)
January$382
February$409
March$416
April$446
May$457
June$483
July$509
August$464
September$440
October$466
November$447
December$451

The best month to book an international flight

When booking international flights, the cheapest month is February and the prices are the highest in October.

Month (2019 Data)Average Price (CAD $)
January$839
February$831
March$895
April$972
May$967
June$1011
July$960
August$925
September$957
October$1021
November$994
December$978

Best Month to Book: Canada’s Top Routes

According to our data from 2019, the most popular destinations for Canadians are the following cities: New Delhi, Paris, London, Cancun, Toronto, New York, Dublin, and Vancouver. The infographic below breaks down each destination and the average cost of a flight month by month. Just click on the bar that has the city name and you’ll see that each city is listed for you. Use this handy info to help you get the best price on flights when you’re booking this year!

Disclaimer: Information correct as of February 24, 2020, obtained from Skyscanner’s data on travel trends and average findings. All prices in Canadian dollars. Flight prices may change due to availability at the time of booking.

So, when is the best month to book?

As the infographic shows above, the best month to book a flight varies according to your chosen destination. For example, the cheapest month to book a flight to New York City is in January ($300) and the most expensive in July ($403), which means booking your flight to the Big Apple in January can save you up to 34.3%. For a flight to Cancun, the best time to book a flight according to the price is in February ($381 on average for a flight), with the most expensive month being December (at $602) – that’s a difference of 58%!

The Best Day to Book a Flight

Is Tuesday the cheapest day to book a flight? That’s been a common question for deal hunters like you, and from our most recent data, we’ve actually discovered the best day to book a flight. And the best day to book a flight might surprise you! The infographic below highlights the best day to book (in green) and the most expensive day to book (in pink).

Disclaimer: Information correct as of February 24, 2020, obtained from Skyscanner’s data on travel trends and average findings. All prices in Canadian dollars. Flight prices may change due to availability at the time of booking.

What’s the best day of the week to book a flight within Canada?

DayAvg. Price
Monday$466.39
Tuesday$462.98
Wednesday$465.77
Thursday$464.36
Friday$469.26
Saturday$465.94
Sunday$460.17

What’s the best day of the week to book an international flight from Canada?

DayAvg. Price
Monday$1,058.41
Tuesday$1,053.60
Wednesday$1,052.18
Thursday$1,048.95
Friday$1,049.30
Saturday$1,052.39
Sunday$1,057.35

Surprised? It’s usually assumed that weekends aren’t the best time to book a flight, but according to last year, Sunday tends to be the best day to book flights in Canada. For international flights, the cheapest day to book a flight is on Thursday, while the most expensive flights tend to be on Monday.

How Far in Advance to Book a Flight

Wondering if it’s best to book a flight at the last minute or way in advance? Read all about it below.

How many weeks in advance should I book flights within Canada?

When booking your flights both within Canada and internationally, it is best to book 4 weeks ahead of your planned departure date. Click between the domestic and international columns in the infographic below to see the average prices of flights.

Infographic: How Many Weeks out to Book Flights


Disclaimer: Information correct as of February 24, 2020, obtained from Skyscanner’s data on travel trends and average findings. All prices in Canadian dollars. Flight prices may change due to availability at the time of booking.

The Best Time to Book a Flight from Canada

How does knowing the best time to book help you save on flights?

Armed with information on when it is the best time to book, you can make sure you book your next flight at the right time to get the best price. There are lots of different ways to find the cheapest last minute flight deals so that you can save more on your next adventure.

How has Skyscanner found the best time to book?

By looking at price trends for different destinations from different airports across Canada in 2019, we are able to determine the best month to book, the best day to book, and how far in advance you should be booking your flights in 2020.

So…when is the best time to book flights?

As we have outlined, it really does depend on your destination. For instance, if you’re looking to book a flight to Hawaii, it’s best to book a flight for April-May or September-October when there are fewer tourists. And if you’re looking for some more tips on snagging cheap flights to Europe, we’ve got some tips for you here.

Best Time to Book Flights Across Canada

Now is the time to see more of your own backyard! Most Canadians want to explore Canada more, but too often have been put off by the expensive costs. Skyscanner recently conducted a study of Canadian and American travellers which found that the majority of Canadians regret not taking advantage of seeing Canada more. Despite recognizing that Canada is a “cool” travel destination, we take it for granted. See more of Canada in 2020!

Getting More Cheap Flights with Skyscanner

Still wondering how you can get cheap flights? In addition to knowing the best time to book, there are a number of tips and tricks in order to secure a good deal. Set up a free price alert so you are always in the know as soon as there is a price change on your selected flights. Or check out our numerous deals pages below where we update seat sales from top airlines in Canada.

To get great deals and the latest prices available, use the search control below. You can also find cheap flights by visiting Skyscanner.ca directly and exploring cheap months to travel, and the cheapest destinations from your nearby airport using the tips suggested in this article.

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