Can you get cheap flights by booking on a certain day? Expert travel tips to save money | Travel News | Travel
International flights could increase by 5% per month until June, according to a study by the travel app Hopper. In April alone, experts estimate that the cost of air travel will increase by 10%.
On the other hand, if you are fixated on a specific destination, planning ahead can be your best friend.
After analyzing more than 13.2 billion fares on 100 popular routes, travel search engine Momondo found that booking a flight 56 days in advance is the cheapest. There is, however, a caveat to this.
Andrea Knowles from bon.co.uk explained: “It also factors in sales, so be sure to take it with a pinch of salt. My advice is to book ahead if you’re in doubt.”
Mr Kelvin added: “Last minute flights tend not to be cheaper, and that’s because most airline fares are guided by specific fare categories that are only available at certain predefined dates before your flight.
“Only the most expensive fare classes are usually left a day or two before departure, and the cheapest fares are reserved for purchases made in advance.”
However, Kelvin notes an “important exception” that could help you save money by traveling on certain days of the week.
He told Express.co.uk: “For some airlines, the cheapest return tickets can only be found on bookings that include a Saturday night stay at the destination.
“This generally penalizes companies, which are likely to have larger budgets, as they bring their employees back and forth during the work week.
“For example, at the end of April, a journey from London to New York with a flight on a Monday and a return on a Friday will cost £1,288 in economy class.
“Include a Saturday night stay and fly on Wednesday and return on Monday, and the price drops to £478.”
Travel Zoo’s research also found that “flights are often cheaper on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as they are off peak weekends and Monday-Friday on weekend days.”
As a bonus, Ms. Jordan notes: “Airports will therefore be much less busy.”