What’s a dead zone? It’s a time when no one else wants to fly, like before and after holidays and after spring break. To keep their planes full, airlines sometimes drastically lower their fares.
Typical dead zones are the beginning of November and December and the month of January, after the New Year weekend. (This is also a perfect time to get a great fare on a cruise.) February can also be good as long as you don’t want to fly to Florida, around Valentine’s Day or to the Super Bowl city.
The best time to fly to Europe is during the dead of winter but fares can also be good in October and May.
Deal zone deals are usually available at least three weeks before you plan on traveling. Best time to get online and check ticket prices is Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET. Actually, this is the best time to buy any ticket because this is when airlines reshuffle and reload fares.