We’ve written about this topic before, but it’s certainly worth revisiting: booking and flying on the optimal days and times can save you hundreds of dollars. I recently stumbled on an excellent article on the subject topic at FareCompare, and wanted to share it with you.

Cheapest days to fly and best time to buy airline tickets is not only full of solid advice, but it contains numerous links to related articles. Here’s a quick excerpt:

Cheapest Day to Fly – Wednesday

We did an in-depth study of our proprietary historical airfare database (world’s largest) and pinpointed the cheapest day to fly is Wednesday for domestic travel (gory details at the link).

Wednesday is one of the three cheapest days, the others are Tuesday and Saturday (Friday and Sunday the most expensive days to travel). The cheapest day to travel internationally are a bit different — we are working on this research and it should be up shortly.

The cheapest time to fly is typically the first flight out in the morning – yes, that means you have to get up at 4am. Next best times are flights during/after lunch and flights at the dinner hour (of course the absolute cheapest time to fly is on those limited routes with red eyes).


Understand How Airlines Price Tickets

I bet you’ve chatted at one point or another to your seatmate about how much you shelled out for your ticket — let me guess, you didn’t remotely pay the same amount.

Unusual? not really — you know excruciatingly well that shopping in the morning for your trip yields one price — then trying an hour or two later and voila! a completely different price appears. This behavior is both maddening and at the same time oddly exhilarating — as the gauntlet has been thrown down on your new quest to beat the airlines at their own game.

Ah! but do you really understand the rules of the pursuit you agreed to engage? If you don’t understand how airlines price their tickets the playing field is tilted (pitch for my UK friends). You can level the field by simply learning that tickets are priced in a fashion somewhere between shopping at Macy’s (Harrods) and selling lemonade — check out the preceding link to dive into these fascinating set of rules.

Check out the full article hereCheapest days to fly & best time to buy airline tickets

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