Friday, January 6, 2023

Insider Tips: When to Book and Fly


Airfare prices have skyrocketed over the last few months and expensive air tickets are here to stay. Luckily, knowing the right time to purchase them can help you save tons. 

In order to get cheap flights, you could set up price alerts and trackers on airline or ticket aggregator sites.  My best advice is to sign up for airline newsletters, so you are informed of seasonal sales - not only during the year but also on Black Friday or Boxing Day.

Are you wondering when to book your next air trip?  First of all, avoid peak season travel and be aware of blackout dates, such as Christmas Eve or Thanksgiving travel, when many discounted fares don’t apply.  Try to schedule your flights earlier in the day as afternoon and evening flights are more prone to cancellations.

Book on Sundays
Expedia, the online travel shopping company suggests: Sundays are the best days to score cheaper tickets. Fridays are the worst – costing you 5% more on domestic flights and 15% more on international routes, compared to Sundays. Keep this in mind when booking flights.

Depart on a Wednesday
According to Expedia, Wednesday is the cheapest day of the week for flight departures. Departing at the start of the week could cost you 15% more on domestic flights and around 10% more on international flights. Travelers tend to prefer flying on Sundays and Mondays for business, and as most vacation hotels change guest beds on the weekend, the demand for flights on these days is higher.

Booking in Advance
The best time to book domestic or short-haul routes is 4-6 weeks before departure. International or long-haul flights should be booked at least 6 months ahead. 

Plan well ahead, remain flexible, and avoid flights late in the day.  Booking directly at the airline's website (after you checked prices on Google) will be helpful if something goes wrong.  So what are you waiting for?  Start planning your flight right now!



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