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This is the best time to book international flights and score cheaper tickets

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By ELLE team  June 27th, 2017

If you’re of the tribe who prefers to search endlessly for the best deals, then join the club. We have meetings every third Saturday of the month and the topics of discussion are usually global flea markets and chia vs sabja seeds.

You would also be interested in knowing the results of a survey that maps the best time to book an international flight so as to get the cheapest rate possible. The survey, conducted by travel search company Skyscanner, analysed data from over two years, received from nearly 50 million users. 

According to the data, 72 percent of Indian travellers don’t know exactly when to book tickets for their flights, while 69 percent of people believe that the best air fares can be found less than 12 weeks before your departure date. But unfortunately for them, the survey reveals that people travelling to a popular destination — like Bali, for example — can save up to 51 percent on flight tickets if they book their flights up to 25 weeks in advance. In the case of Europe and the USA, it’s advisable to book your tickets 24 weeks earlier to get the best rate.

In case you’re already typing your leave application for your future vacation, you might want to slow your roll for a second there. Before planning your vacation, make sure it falls in the months of January, February, April or September, as they are supposed to be the cheapest months to travel according to the survey.

Now get back to work on that application.

The best vacation spots to visit with your girlfriends

Copenhagen, Denmark

What better place to kick off your girls-only getaway than amidst the happiest folks in the world? Explore the quaint waterfront with your BFFs or cosy up with the Danish concept of Hygge. Either way, you’ll come back a changed person. 

Auckland, New Zealand

The City of Sails has just what your troop needs to kick back and relax. The sun, the sand, the surf and sublime views as far as the eye can see: Auckland knows exactly how to play the perfect host.

Hilo, Hawaii

If science hadn’t proven otherwise, we could have sworn that the Hawaiian air has soul-cleansing properties. Check into a beach spa or round up your gang and go exploring, this island has something for everyone. 

Las Vegas, Nevada

What happens in Vegas, stays there. Put that age-old adage to the test as you hit the glittering city’s casino haven and work out your collective boyfriend issues at the strip club chains. 

New York City, New York

After all, you and your besties did promise to live the Carrie Bradshaw dream someday. Make that happen now at the shopping mecca of USA: Go window-shopping at Madison Avenue or discover vintage treasures at the Brooklyn flea market. 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Looking for something a little more laidback? Skip the touristy selfies atop the Burj Khalifa and instead allow Dubai’s roster of fabulous desert spas to spoil you rotten. 

Lisbon, Portugal

One of the lesser known gems along the European coast, the city undulates over 7 hills that offer plenty of spectacular views to boost your Instagram cred. Known to be safe for women, this ancient city is also a foodie's paradise, so prepare to carry enough comfortable yet stylish clothes. We love the off-shoulder dresses and lace-trimmed rompers from Cover Story's Spring/Summer '17 collection.