Buying cheap flights or getting a hotel room has become an almost esoteric art. To pay less, people follow the advice of shamans of the sale, preachers of the low cost and apostles of the lower rates. Almost all are summarized in that it is best to get hold of these products as soon as possible.
It is a totally logical recommendation: airline companies, railways and hotels first take out some cheap places that, when they are exhausted, go up in price. One of the most important travel metasearch engines on the Internet, has published a list of recommendations to buy cheap flights that go beyond ‘buy it as soon as possible’.
According to the information handled by this tool, the best time and day to book a flight or hotel are Tuesdays at 3 in the morning. Yes, the typical time when ghosts appear is also the best time to save.
Who is going to get up at that time to find a cheap flight? Well, anyone who wants to save. According to a travel search engine, that ungodly hour is when airlines and hotels take out their cheapest seats.
But don’t expect to find a deal for next week or a month from now: this system works with a margin of about three months. If you want to book your Easter trip, do it at the end of January, for example.
In addition to this precise recommendation, the travel search engine also gives three general tips for finding a cheap flight on its search engine.
When to buy a plane ticket?
Don’t make the reservation too early. The average domestic rate found six months prior to departure date was 2% higher than the rate found 2 to 4 weeks.
Travellers planning a week-long domestic trip must depart on a Saturday and return on Monday for the cheapest airfare (about 16% lower than average).
For week-long international trips, we recommend leaving on a Tuesday and returning on Wednesday to save some money. These flights were 21% lower than average.
It also gives a series of recommendations to fly at Christmas
What is the best time to book flights for Christmas?
For domestic and international flights, arriving on December 25 and returning on December 28 could mean savings of up to 45%.
Travellers can pay 28% more if they depart on Saturday, December 22nd and return on Saturday 29th. If you can, fly midweek to save some money.
For New Years trips, it is better to leave the same day 31 and return on the 1st or 2nd to save 49%.
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