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Flight Ticket Release Dates

Book early for cheaper seats, especially in peak times

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Sally | Edited by Steve N

Updated 29 Aug 2017

When it comes to cheap flights, booking early can be key. So we've put our MoneySaving engines on full throttle to bring you the dates major airlines release seats.

It's important to note there's no certainty about when's cheapest to book - prices can fall after tickets are released, especially if there's a sale. Your best bet to be sure to get a good price is to follow the tips in our Cheap Flights guide.

But if you're looking to pounce as soon as seats go on sale, this table will help. It can be very useful if you're a member of a frequent flyer scheme looking to spend your points on flights - booking as soon as reward seats are released can mean you've more choice as seats are very limited.

Airline ticket release dates
Airline Tickets go on sale How to get release & sales alerts
Air France 11 months before departure Like its Facebook page and sign up to its email for sales alerts
American Airlines 11 months before departure Like its Facebook page and sign up to its free frequent flyer scheme to get sales alerts
British Airways 355 days before departure Like its Facebook page and sign up to its email for sales alerts
Easyjet

- On sale now for travel until 2 September 2018

- From 22 Nov for travel 3 September - 27 October 2018

Like its Facebook page and sign up to its email for sales and ticket releases
Emirates 330 days before departure via website (up to 337 days ahead via travel agents) Like its Facebook page and sign up to its email for sales alerts
Etihad 11 months before departure Sign up to its email for sale alerts
Flybe 320 days before departure Like its Facebook page and sign up to its email for sales alerts
Jet2 12 to 18 months before departure Like its Facebook page and sign up to its email for sales alerts
Iberia 360 days before departure Sign up to its email for sales alerts
KLM 11 months before departure Sign up to its email for sales alerts
Lufthansa 360 days before departure Sign up to its email for sales alerts
Norwegian

9-12 months before departure

Like its Facebook page and sign up to its website for sales and ticket release info
Qatar 361 days before departure Like its Facebook page and sign up to its email for sales alerts
Ryanair

- On sale now for travel until March 2018

- Summer 2018 tickets likely to go on sale this winter

Like its Facebook page for sales and ticket release info
Thomas Cook

On sale now for travel until October 2018

Like its Facebook page and sign up to its email for sales and ticket release info
Virgin Atlantic 11 months before departure Like its Facebook page to get sales alerts

Have you bagged a bargain booking early? Tell us about it on the Flight Ticket Release Dates forum thread.

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