flight ticket release dates

Flight Ticket Release Dates

Book early for cheaper seats, especially in peak times

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.

Travel is currently restricted – and will be until later this spring at the earliest

Coronavirus restrictions mean travel is currently banned for those living in much of the UK, and others are advised against it. Some countries have also banned Brits from entering. See our Coronavirus Travel Rights guide for the latest info on travel insurance, cancellations, refunds and more. 

We don't know exactly how long these restrictions will last, but the Government reiterated on Monday 5 April that international travel for those living in England won't resume before 17 May (it'll publish a review on it later this month). When non-essential international travel is allowed, the Government says destinations will be categorised by a 'traffic light system', though it hasn't confirmed the thresholds for this. We'll update here for the rest of the UK when we know more.

Holiday lets in England and Wales have reopened to people from the same household or support bubble. In Scotland, holiday lets are expected to reopen for one household from Monday 26 April. We'll update here when we know more info for Northern Ireland.

Some people may understandably still press ahead with booking trips in the future. If you do so, remember things can change quickly, and you may not be covered by travel insurance for coronavirus-related claims. It's also best to look for flights and accommodation which offer flexibility if you're unable to travel due to future restrictions.

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 331 days 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 30 September 2021

- Flights for travel from October 2021 will be released 'soon' - exact date TBC
Like its Facebook page and sign up to its email for sales and ticket releases
Emirates  340 days before departure 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 365 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

5-6 months before departure 

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

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