Just because everyone has to watch the pennies a little more these days, it doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy jetting off into the sun now and then. Not for the savvy traveller. There are ways of finding cheap airline tickets even in the midst of all the talk of austerity, and one of the most important factors is timing. Yes, booking at the right time and flying at the right time can make a significant difference to how much you spend.
One way of making that all-important saving is to try and fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Naturally, the most convenient time to fly is at the weekend. Of course, the airline companies know this and will hike the prices accordingly. You could save hundreds by flying midweek, particularly on the three days just mentioned.
Another sure-fire way to save cash when looking for flights is to look for flights on Tuesday morning. Monday evening is the time when airline companies launch their sales, so by Tuesday morning competitors will have readjusted their prices to look more attractive. So don’t go and buy a ticket on Monday only to find you could have made a huge saving simply by waiting one day. Make time Tuesday morning to surf the net for that golden ticket.
Many are tempted to leave booking their ticket to warmer climes to the last minute, believing that they’ll make a saving. Sure enough, sometimes you can. But it’s a gamble. A computer based survey once processed a billion flight searches to try and find out when the best time to book an international flight was. The result? The programme, after analysing one billion entries, found that 34 days in advance was the best time to book. This survey also found that prices began to go up significantly, by 30% and more, when left until 7 days before departure. So book early to make that all-important saving.
Jetting off to a sun drenched paradise needn’t be a thing of the past. If you’re savvy and get your timing right, you could be jetting off to warmer climes sooner than you think.