Did you know that some days are better than others when it comes to booking flights? If you’re a frequent traveler, you may have been able to work that out based on months and years of booking flights. But if you travel infrequently, this information may have escaped you. Another thing you may not know is that there are certain times of day that are optimal if you’re looking to save money. Continue reading to learn all about the best days to book flights.
A study conducted by Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa, discovered several interesting facts that pertain to the best days to book flights. The marketplace, which was founded in 2005 and has headquarters in Dubai and Singapore, studied information regarding the cost of more than one million flight bookings in H1 2019. They used the results to determine the least expensive days and months to book your airline travel. What they found was staggering.
While the single biggest factors in determining flight costs are when and where you fly, the best days can vary due to seasonality. But according to Wego’s study, in general, Mondays and Wednesdays are the best days to book flights. They found that you can save up to $300 USD on those days if you purchase your tickets between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Conversely, the study also found that people pay the highest prices roughly two hours before midnight, so I would suggest booking later at night. Not surprisingly, the cost of booking on Saturdays and Sundays is higher than other days of the week. Weekends have a much higher volume of travel than weekdays and those days are much more in demand. When purchasing tickets, remember that Saturdays and Sundays are not the best days to book flights.
The study determined that people tend to book flights at two key time periods during the week: early in the week and at mid-week when the weekend still seems far away. It’s no surprise that the stress and lethargy that sets in during these particular time periods make people dream of their next getaway.
What Not to Do
Wego also learned that travelers in the Middle East and North Africa, or MENA, tend to be spontaneous and often book their flights at the last minute. Don’t do this. Last-minute flights are always more expensive than those that are booked in advance, so I highly recommend booking well in advance of your planned departure date.
Another thing you should remember is that flight prices often skyrocket during peak seasons and around holidays. These are not the best days to book flights at all. I strongly advise purchasing your tickets long before these times if you know you will be traveling during them. The people at Wego agree.
“At Wego, we help holidaymakers to book and plan their best holidays by providing insights and data, so the process is less daunting,” Wego’s Chief Flights Officer, Dan Wicks, said. “We have filled over 100 A320 aircraft daily in H1 2019. Our recipe for traveling more is finding the right date and time of the week and booking well in advance during holidays and peak seasons.”
The Bottom Line
The last thing any traveler, especially those on a budget, wants is to pay exorbitant amounts of money to fly from one place to another. The cost of flights is one of the main reasons why many people choose not to travel even when they want to. And while there’s no way to completely eliminate travel costs, there are several things you can do to make it more affordable. So, the next time you feel wanderlust tugging at your heartstrings, hop online around midnight or later. Make it a Monday or Wednesday night, the best days to book flights. Find flights to your preferred destination and book them then, rather than earlier or waiting until later. You’ll be glad you did!
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