As someone who books flights and travel arrangements on a daily basis, I agree that some days are most definitely better than others when it comes to booking your annual holiday overseas, but according to new studies carried out by some of the world’s leading flight price-comparison websites such as Skyscanner and Kayak, we need to get more specific if we are to secure the very best deals.
Certain months are said to be better than others when it comes to booking flights, and January is widely believed to be the best month of the year for securing a bargain flight ticket, although you may need to shop at weekends to get the very best prices on a short-haul flight, and your departure day will play a huge role in the overall cost of your ticket.
Flight departures on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally cheaper than those departing on other days of the week, and flying on Friday’s should be avoided at all costs if you are on the lookout for a good deal.
At the other end of the scale, July is considered the most expensive month of the year to purchase a long-haul flight ticket, and August the most expensive month for short-haul tickets, so if you are thinking about booking a last-minute break this summer – think again!
Skyscanner have taken their research even further, and have listed the best time to book by destination, so if you intend to visit Mallorca this year, you should book your holiday just 4 weeks in advance, but if you fancy something a little more exotic like Thailand, you should be booking your trip at least 18 weeks in advance to get the best rates available.
Kayak went so far as to issue an infographic on the subject, which tells you what day to book, what time to book, what resort to book, and even what day to travel, which might be useful at getting a discounted trip, but it certainly takes the spontaneity out of holiday planning!
My best bargain ever would have to be return flight tickets to Cape Town, South Africa for just £240.00 per person that I booked on Thursday, 25th June 2015…., which kind of blows the above theories out of the water!
Travelling on certain days of the week certainly does help, and booking flights in advance is definitely the way to go, but sometimes, you just have to get lucky!