The weekend is the best time to book a flight, according to new research just out. Data crunched by the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and Expedia found that travellers who book over the weekend can save as much as 20% – and up to 36% if they book on a Sunday.
The most expensive tickets were booked on Thursdays and Fridays, according to the 2019 Travel Pricing Outlook report. Travellers could save around 10% on flight prices if they fly on Thursday or Friday, the report said, while flights departing on Sunday were found to be the most expensive. The report also advised booking flights at least three weeks ahead of departure, which ARC and Expedia called the “sweet spot” for fare savings.
Other money saving tips included timing when to book a hotel. Expedia analysed more than 895,000 hotels and found that the lowest prices were found on a Friday, while the most expensive prices were booked on a Sunday. Expedia also advised extending weekday trips to include a Saturday night to reduce flights by around 25% when compared to weekday return fares.
This is particularly true of popular business destinations, where weekday business travel is in high demand. Hope this helps!
Having just been invited to give a speech in Sydney, Australia this coming September, I hope this helps you if YOU are travelling.
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