Have you ever been planning an exciting holiday or vacation trip only to be cut short by expensive flight tickets?
Are you already contemplating on calling off your upcoming fun trip because of some pricey flight tickets?
Well, you are not alone on this one, expensive flight tickets have been a challenge to travelers for quite too long as I could possibly recall.
Most people find themselves in frustration and calling off their trip, some go as far as changing their already-planned destination, and for others, who knows what they might have done all because of expensive flight tickets?
There are a couple of factors that affect flight prices, and one such factor is your travel date.
Fortunately for you, when you are done reading this post you will no longer have problems with expensive flight tickets as you will be able to choose easily, the cheapest days to fly.
However, you shouldn’t put on a devil-may-care attitude at this point because getting a cheap flight is a challenge of its own but definitely not a tough one though.
The day of the week you choose to fly and also how early you book the flight can make a huge difference in the price you get to pay for a flight ticket.
When are The Cheapest Days to Fly?
Before I specifically point out the cheapest days to fly, I would like to jerk your memory a little, but to some people, this might come across as new information.
We have two concepts regarding days of travel–the whole days in a week all included.
These concepts are off-peak travels and peak travels.
Off-peak travels are flights that leave within the frame of Mondays to Thursdays and they are usually cheap. On the other hand, peak travels are the flights that leave from Fridays to Sundays which are quite expensive.
Hence, the best days to travel cheap is undoubtedly Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Compared to one of the most expensive days to travel being Sunday, flights on Tuesdays are usually cheaper with an estimated average of $85, according to CheapAir.
Following Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the other cheap days to fly are Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (for domestic travel).
On the other hand, expensive days to fly are Fridays and Sundays.
Adjusting your flight to fall on one of these cheap days can save you a couple of bucks which then brings us to yet another challenge: how do we adjust the flight with the help of the booking-time?
The last thing you want to do is to book your flight on a Friday.
People who book on Fridays tend to pay higher than usual and this is commonly due to a particular school of thought –people do think if they can book earlier, then they probably might not be caught up by the peak hours of the weekend rush.
Most people usually go with weekend flights to avoid taking off work and missing an important meeting and it’s for this reason of rush that airlines become expensive during weekends hours making it peak travel and also peak booking thus, increasing the airfare.
Having got that, you should now understand that the best day to book your flight is on a Sunday.
Following reports from Expedia and the ARC (Airlines Reporting Corporation), getting those cheap flight tickets on Sundays can save you about 13% of the Friday price in relation to Tuesday being the cheapest day to fly.
In essence, booking your flight on weekends especially Sundays or the start of the week specifically, Mondays can help in the adjustment of your flight to a day like Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday which are the cheapest days to fly.
Highly important to be noted, apart from Tuesdays and Wednesdays other cheap days of flight varies based on some dependency on routes of the trip.
More importantly, be informed that the price of your flight can also be affected by how far ahead of time you book your flight.
If possible, try to book your flight between three weeks to three months to your travel date as the price seems to be down when you book in advance.
At this point, I’ll be giving out specific information on the cheapest days to fly depending on your destination especially for those traveling from the United States or Canada.
Cheapest Days to Fly From/To Florida and Nevada
Flying from Florida or Nevada should be done on days like Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
If you are to fly to Florida or Nevada, then it should be done on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Cheapest Days to Fly From/To Hawaii
Flying to/from Hawaii should be done on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Cheapest Days to Fly From/To Other U.S and Canadian Cities
Flying from the other cities of the United States and Canada; the cheapest days are always on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
These days are followed by Mondays and Thursdays.
Cheapest Days to Fly From/To Europe
Cheapest days to fly from Europe are days like Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
However, the cheapest days to fly to Europe happen to be on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Cheapest Days to Fly on Other International Routes
Flying to other international routes, the best days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. That’s all.
Those are the cheapest days to fly. But just to further enlighten you, in all of these cheap days to fly, there are still cheaper times of the day to fly which I’ll reveal to you shortly.
Cheapest Time of the Day to Fly
Off-peak travels, beyond reasonable doubts, save you a couple bucks.
Basic high school law of demand and supply tell us how expensive a particular service could be if everyone orders it at the same time, also we know everyone loves to wake up early to catch that mid-morning flights or the afternoon flight just immediately after work.
That being understood, the law of demand and supply should dawn on us at how expensive the flight might be compared to a later time when there are no many people trying to make a trip.
Now let me bring it to your notice that more often than not, you’ll get a cheaper flight for early morning and late evening departures. These are the cheapest time of the day to fly.
If you’re on domestic travel, overnight red-eye flights are way cheaper than daytime flights. What I’m saying, in essence, is if you can spend the night on an airplane, then you can save a couple more bucks for yourself.
Other Tips to Consider While Seeking Cheap Flights
Connecting Vs. Non-Stop Flights
It’s no secret that we all love non-stop flights (move uninterruptedly to your destination without making a stop). However, a flight with one or two connections is more likely to be cheaper than an uninterrupted flight.
If you are looking at flying cheap, I recommend you try out the connecting flights rather than the non-stop flights.
All you have to do is bring alongside something to take your mind off the odd feeling it might cause you; stuff like an interesting book to read, a good music player to help yourself with some good tunes.
You can also help yourself with some drinks at the airport bar, thus, keeping your spirits in good condition.
Nine times out of ten, most people tend to have a favorite time of the day to travel.
Try considering tweaking this favorite time of yours by some couple hours in your future flights and you can possibly stumble upon a cheaper travel time that is way better than your favorite travel time.
These are by far the necessary tips for enjoying cheaper flights-fare and saving yourself some money when booking your next flight.
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