Upgrade: This is exactly how many days ahead you should buy a plane ticket

Rethink how you buy airfare.

As we approach summer, airfares tend to rise, and this year is likely to be no exception. Travel research app Hopper predicts that domestic flight prices will rise to about $229 round trip in April, from $218 in February — and up to $251 by June.

That makes it even more important that you’re smart about booking your flights. Unfortunately, many of us fall for some pervasive flight-booking myths. Here are four.

Myth 1: The earlier you book your flight, the better the deals.

A CheapAir study released this week, which analyzed more than 917 million airfares in 8,000 markets, reveals that there’s a smart, and not so smart, time to book airfare.

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