In fact, you might find cheaper airfares, than people who booked months in advance. The cost of flying is up, but you can still find the right price, if you know when to buy your ticket.
Six to eight weeks out is probably not the optimal time to buy airfare. At about four weeks out there is a little bit of what is called a "sweet spot" where airfare tends to decrease a little bit, then airfare tends to go back up two weeks before your flight.
But experts suggest if possible wait until the week you want to leave, airlines often offer great deals to fill the remaining empty seats of flights. Usually airlines will release reduced airfare on Tuesdays for later that week and into the weekend.
Also sign up for deal alerts from airlines and travel sites in order to take advantage of quick sales that only last for 24-48 hours. And connecting through Facebook and Twitter can also provide deals "just for friends." Last minute sales are released exclusively through some social media sites, and if you're a friend of that particular airline you have better odds of getting last minute fares.
Buying at the last moment can cost you, if all the seats are filled, so being flexible is a must with late airline deals.