Since the wonderful invention of the World Wide Web most of us opt to book our international flights and travel arrangements online. Convenient, easy, and often cheaper than hitting the high street, online tour operators and travel agents now offer some fantastic deals, especially on international flights, and it seems if you are willing to travel on certain days of the week, you might be in for a bargain!
It makes sense that weekend flights are the most popular. Anyone working your average 9-5, Monday to Friday job will inevitably look for flights on Saturdays and Sundays if they are going to get the most out of their annual leave, but increased demand = increased prices, and if you have to travel long-haul over the weekend you may well pay more for the privilege.
This, however, does not necessarily apply when it comes to short-haul flights. Business travellers tend to make most of their journeys between Monday and Friday, and as a result short journeys between say London and Paris or Munich and Madrid, can be much more expensive during weekdays then they are at weekends.
So the question is, are there any guidelines outlining which flights are cheaper on certain days of the week? Well, having spent most of the morning researching this subject, I would have to say no. Based on opinions rather than facts, most the information I came across suggested that Tuesdays through to Thursdays were cheaper for long-haul flights, and Saturday is the best day to secure a cheaper short-haul flight, but I am beginning to think that the airlines are one-step ahead of us on this one!
One thing I am certain of is that booking your flights last-minute is no longer a good way to save. In the 1990s we would wait until a few days before our trip to secure a bargain flight, but today we need to book as far in advance as possible if we want to take advantage of the special offers and make decent savings on our air journeys.
A great example would be the flight we booked a couple of months ago with a well-known European budget airline. A return trip for two to Sardinia on 21st April cost a mere 52€ including all taxes and supplements, yet if you try to book those same flights today and they will set you back a whooping 285€.
We found out about these discounted flights through the airlines monthly newsletter, and so highly recommend registering with the airlines and signing up for your tour operators newsletters if you want to be one of the first to know when cheaper flights are about to be released.
We would love to hear how and when you book your flights, so drop us a line and let us know where the bargains are!